Marc Wilson

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Mormon Footballer Marc Douglas Wilson

Marc Douglas Wilson is a former American football quarterback and collegiate football star. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Wilson was born on February 15, 1957, in Seattle, Washington. Marc played several sports in high school and excelled at all of them, with baseball being his favorite. Football was his least favorite, but his 6'5" frame was an advantage on the football field.

Wilson was one of the first of LaVell Edwards' great quarterbacks at Brigham Young University. In the system Edwards put in place, the quarterback was given a chance to pass nearly every play, and almost always had five wide receivers to work with. The BYU system regularly placed a quarterback in the top eight of the Heisman Trophy voting from the late 1970s to the early 1990s.

Marc started as quarterback for BYU in 1977, replacing the injured Gifford Nielsen. After that, he started most of BYU's games over the next two-and-a-half seasons, racking up a 22-4 record, though he did yield a few starts to budding star Jim McMahon. In 1979 he became the school's first consensus All-American. That year in the Holiday Bowl, he shared the MVP honor with Indiana University cornerback Tim Wilbur. BYU lost by one point.

He finished fourth in the nation in passing efficiency, third in the Heisman voting, and was named the Senior Bowl MVP. Wilson's success paved the way for McMahon, Steve Young, Robbie Bosco, Ty Detmer, and other BYU quarterbacks, all of whom had similar performances in Edwards' system.

Marc is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and the Brigham Young University Football Hall of Fame. During his time at BYU, he broke 9 NCAA records during his career and tied two others.

Pro Career

Wilson was drafted in 1980 by the Oakland Raiders, but never became a star in the NFL. He then played for the New England Patriots, but he was plagued with injuries. He spent the 1988 preseason with the Green Bay Packers. He also played for the Los Angeles Raiders for the 1991 NFL season.

Wilson made an easier transition to real-estate development, going into partnership with a mentor, Jim Howton, who has since retired. The former quarterback lives in Woodinville with his wife, Colleen, and has four children -- Travis, Katie, Jane and Ryan -- all former or current BYU students. Read more...