On Friday, the Cardinals announced the death of Pro Football Hall of Famer Larry Wilson at the age of 82.
Wilson was a player, coach and executive for the Cardinals from 1960 until his retirement after the 2002 season. Michael Bidwill, owner of the Cardinals, called Wilson the “most influential male figure” of his life besides his father.
“He was someone who truly lived his faith and demonstrated it daily in the kindness he showed to every person he met,” Bidwill said in a statement. “Any of us who have been lucky enough to be in our orbit – whether for a few minutes or four decades – has always been better off. I will remember Larry Wilson first as a fantastic person, but then as one of the greatest players in the National Football League.
Wilson was a seventh-round pick in 1960 and played it safe for the Cardinals throughout the 1972 season. He ranks 26th in NFL history with 52 interceptions and was named Defensive Player of the Year. the NFL in 1966. He was a six-time All-Pro First Team, a member of the league’s 75th and 100th Anniversary teams, and elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1978.
Wilson would go on to be scouting director, personnel manager and general manager after his playing days. He also made a stint as the team’s interim head coach in 1979.
Our condolences to Wilson’s family and loved ones for their loss.