Wilson had remarkable career as receiver at FAMU

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Just three months after the death of the coach who recruited him to play football at FAMU where he had a remarkable career, receiver Robert Wilson unexpectedly passed away.

Wilson was 46 years old when he died early last week. 

 Wilson, a native of Monticello, Fla., played wide receiver for the Rattlers from 1993 to 1996. Wilson was recruited by former FAMU great, the late Ken Riley. After Riley transitioned from head coach to athletic director of FAMU, Wilson continued his career under former head coach Billy Joe. 

 In 1995 and 1996, Wilson helped lead FAMU to winning back-to-back Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championships and its first Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoff appearance in 18 years. 

After his outstanding career at FAMU, receiver Robert Wilson played two seasons (2000-2001) for the New Orleans Saints in the NFL.
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 In 1996, Wilson set what were then Florida A&M single-season records for receptions (78), receiving yards (1,161) and receiving touchdowns (10). He caught 218 career passes for 3,027 yards and 23 touchdowns. His final touchdown reception, for the Rattlers, came against Troy in the first round of the 1996 FCS playoffs. It was a 14-yard toss from quarterback Oteman Sampson. 

Wilson earned All-America honors in 1996 and was a three-time All-MEAC selection in 1994, 1995, and 1996.  

Following a stellar career in the orange and green, he played five seasons in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks from 1997 to 1999, and the New Orleans Saints from 2000 to 2001.  

Wilson was inducted to the FAMU Sports Hall of Fame in 2016 and this past January was named an assistant coach at his alma mater, Jefferson Somerset. 

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