Larry Wilson

Larry Wilson

About Larry Wilson

Larry Frank Wilson (born March 24, 1938) is a former professional football player, an eight-time All-Pro free safety with the St. Louis Cardinals of the National Football League. Wilson played thirteen seasons and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1978, his first year of eligibility. He was named to the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1994. Born and raised in Rigby, Idaho, Wilson attended Rigby High School, where a plaque now hangs noting his accomplishments. After graduation in 1956, he played college football in Salt Lake City at the University of Utah, where he was a two-way starter for the Utes. Despite his skill and adaptability, Wilson was not selected until the 7th round of the 1960 NFL Draft by the Chicago Cardinals. The draft was held in November 1959 and the franchise moved to St. Louis before the start of the 1960 season. Originally a cornerback, Wilson switched to free safety, and it was here that he found his place on the team.