Bert Wilder

Bert Wilder

(1939-2012)

Wilder

Bert Wilder was an outstanding all-around athlete at Greensboro (now Grimsley) Senior High School during the late 1950s. He was an All-State and All-American lineman in football, was named the MVP in the 1956 Shrine Bowl, won the state heavyweight wrestling championship as a junior and senior, and won the state shot put championship as a senior. Wilder played college football under Earl Edwards at NC State where he made All-ACC in 1963 as a senior. Drafted by both the National Football League LA Rams and American Football League NY Titans (later the Jets), he signed with the AFL team where he played 55 games in a four-year career. One of his teammates was the legendary Hall of Fame quarterback, Joe Namath. Wilder’s best game may have come against Buffalo in 1965 when he helped the Jets to an upset win by recording a 17-yard sack, recovering a fumble, and helping on a goal-line stand which prevented a touchdown. Wilder spent many years working with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and ministering to high school students with Young Life. Following his work with high school students, he spent a long career working in the business world. Wilder died in 2012.

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