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Al Wilson bust. A member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
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Al Wilson

Playing Career

BC Lions
1972 - 1986

Awards and Honours

All-Canadian Centre
1975 - 1981 (7)

All-Eastern Centre
1975 - 1981 (7)

DeMarco-Becket Memorial trophy
1976 - 1978 (3)

Schenley Award for Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman
1977 (1)

Grey Cup Participation
1983, 1985 (2)

Grey Cup Winning Team(s)
1985 (1)

Career Highlights

  • Played a total of 233 career games.

  • Has his number 52 retired by the BC Lions.

The lineman hailing from Montana State University became one of BC's most beloved players.

A British Columbia native, Al Wilson began his 15 year career as a guard, then centre, with the Lions in 1972. The highly respected offensive lineman was well known for his sure snaps and tough blocking.

He played in 167 consecutive games before suffering a knee injury which ended the season for him. He returned to the gridiron for the 1983 season which culminated in his first trip to the Grey Cup. He did not come home with the coveted ring until 1985, a year before his retirement.

Al Wilson is also a member of the BC Sports Hall of Fame and is also a member BC Lions Wall of Fame.

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum in 1997 as a player.

Class of 1997

Junior Ah YouBruce CoulterRocky DiPietroBill SymonsAl WIlson

Football Reporters of Canada

Jim CoxBob Irving

Wilson, Al
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