Gerald R. “Jerry” Wilson

Jerry_WilsonJerry grew up in Birmingham, attended Phillips High School and graduated from Auburn University. He was a member of the Auburn 1957 National Championship Team, was selected to the All SEC and pre-season and All American teams. After graduating from Auburn, Jerry played professional football for many years, being a member of the Philadelphia Eagles 1960 NFL Championship team, the San Francisco 49ers of the NFL and finishing his career with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football league. In 2008, Jerry was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. In addition to his personal athletic accomplishments, Wilson served as the Lakeshore Foundation’s weightlifting coach where he was proud to have coached his daughter Jeanne to three World Weight Lifting Championships and 12 national championships. Wilson was a former member of the Air National Guard. Other interests included Wilson’s love for hunting and fishing where he served on the Conservation Board during Governor Fob James’ Administration. Wilson continued his love of animals and regularly volunteered at the Greater Birmingham Humane Society. –

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