Mike Wilson


Position: Wide Receivers

When Mike Wilson joined FBU last year as a full time instructor, he was considered one of the top wide receiver coaches in the NFL and in college. His story starts with the famed San Francisco 49ers where he teamed with Jerry Rice and John Taylor for 10 seasons to form perhaps the best receiving group in the NFL and the most feared passing attack with Hall of Famer Joe Montana. He won four Super Bowls with the 49ers.

Wilson is currently the newly-named Cleveland Browns’ wide receiver coach and he brings 14 years of coaching experience between the college and professional levels. Most recently, Wilson spent the 2009-10 seasons as the wide receivers coach of the Las Vegas Locomotives as the team claimed the UFL championship both years.

Prior to his stint with the UFL, Wilson spent three seasons (2004-06) with the Arizona Cardinals, coaching both tight ends (2004) and wide receivers (2005-06). Wilson oversaw the development of wide receivers Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald, both of whom earned Pro Bowl selections under his tutelage. In 2005, Fitzgerald set a career-high and tied for the league lead with 103 receptions, while adding 1,409 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. Boldin recorded career-bests with 102 receptions and 1,402 receiving yards in 2005, as the duo became only the third pair of teammates in NFL history to each catch more than 100 passes and top 1,400 receiving yards in the same season. From 2005-06, both players ranked among the NFL leaders during that span as Boldin recorded 185 receptions (third) and 2,606 receiving yards (third), while Fitzgerald totaled 172 receptions (seventh) and 2,355 receiving yards (eighth).

Wilson served as the wide receivers coach at the University of Southern California from 1997-99 before spending four years in private business. Prior to his stint at USC, Wilson spent two seasons with the Oakland Raiders (1995-96) as the wide receivers coach where he tutored Tim Brown. During his two-year span under Wilson, Brown ranked eighth in the NFL with 179 receptions, eighth with 2,446 yards and tied for eighth with 19 touchdowns while earning Pro Bowl selections both years.

Playing Career

  • College: Washington State
  • Drafted: 1981 / Round: 9 / Pick: 246
  • San Francisco 49ers (1981-1990)

Coaching Career

  • Cleveland Browns (2011-2012)
  • Las Vegas Locomotives (2009-2010)
  • Arizona Cardinals (2004-2006)
  • USC (1997-1999)
  • Oakland Raiders (1995-1996)

Career Highlights

  • Won 4 Super Bowls with 49ers (XVI, XIX, XXIII, XXIV)
  • Won 2 UFL Championships with Locomotives (2009-10)