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George Wilson

Football (Inducted: 1978-79)


George  Wilson

There probably couldn't have been a more unlikely hero in Lafayette's unbeaten 1926 football season than George "Mike" Wilson. After all, the starting halfback for head coach G. Herbert McCracken's Leopards in the season opener at brand-new Fisher Field was just an unproven sophomore who had a total of two seasons of prior football experience. However, the Glenside, PA native wasted little time that day before giving the Leopards a sign of things to come, scoring the first touchdown ever in the new structure on a brilliant 69- yard touchdown gallop off left tackle en route to a 35-0 romp over outmanned Muhlenberg.

All told, Wilson tallied 20 touchdowns that season to lead the nation in scoring. But more important, his running enabled the Leopards to complete the season with a perfect 9-0 record, with Lafayette staking a legitimate claim to a third national football championship for the College. Wilson had a total of 120 points in a season and 168 career points. The fleet halfback led McCracken- coached teams to a cumulative record of 20-4-3 and three successive victories over Lehigh, in which the Leopards outscored their arch-rivals by a whopping 116-14 margin.