Stanley Wilson (running Back)
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Stanley Wilson Running Back

Stanley Wilson
No. 32
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1961-08-23) August 23, 1961 (age 59)
Los Angeles
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:209 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school:Los Angeles (CA) Banning[]
NFL Draft:1983 / Round: 9 / Pick: 248
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:1,118
Rushing TDs:11
Player stats at · PFR

Stanley Tobias Wilson Sr.[1] (born August 23, 1961) is an American former professional football running back who played for the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals. He attended college at the University of Oklahoma and selected by the Bengals in the ninth round of the 1983 NFL Draft.

Wilson played high school football at Banning High School[] in Los Angeles, where he played with Freeman McNeil in the backfield and he was the 4A player of the year in 1978 and 1979.

Drug problems

Primarily used as a fullback, Wilson's career was marred by a cocaine habit. He was suspended for the entire 1985 and 1987 seasons for violating the league's drug policy.

Super Bowl XXIII and subsequent ban

The most notorious instance of Wilson's relapse into cocaine usage was on the eve of Super Bowl XXIII in 1989, where the Bengals were to play the San Francisco 49ers. Wilson told several teammates that he needed to get his playbook before their last meeting prior to the game. Twenty minutes later, his position coach, Jim Anderson, found him in the bathroom, deep in the throes of a cocaine high. The Bengals had no choice but to leave him off the roster. Wilson's relapse was his third offense under the NFL's drug policy, and he was banned from the league for life. Former Cincinnati Bengals coach Sam Wyche has argued[2] that the loss of Wilson may have contributed to the Bengals' loss to the 49ers. The field at Joe Robbie Stadium was somewhat muddy that night, but Wilson usually excelled in these conditions.[3] Wilson was the team's third leading rusher during the season, and had scored 2 touchdowns in their two playoff games prior to the Super Bowl.

Later years

In the years after his relapse and banishment, Wilson was in and out of rehabilitation on several occasions. In 1999, he was convicted of stealing US$130,000 in property from a Beverly Hills, California home to support his habit. He was sentenced to 22 years in Lancaster, California state prison for burglary.[4] During his trial, Wilson's lawyer contended that Wilson suffers from bipolar disorder.[5]


His son, Stanley Wilson Jr. attended Stanford University on scholarship as a running back, was later moved to cornerback, and was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft. His youngest son, Seth, is a running back at North Dakota St.


  1. ^ Hersom, Bob (November 11, 1982). "Sooner fullback still has flashbacks of life as halfback". The Oklahoman. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ "Ten questions with Sam Wyche". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2013.
  3. ^ Daugherty, Paul. Hard fall for man who had it all. The Cincinnati Enquirer, 1999-01-31.
  4. ^ "Stanley Wilson the son is ready to rise". The Dallas Morning News. April 6, 2005. Archived from the original on September 24, 2008. Retrieved 2010.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  5. ^ "The Eras of Addiction in the Super Bowl". Psychology Today. February 1, 2009. Retrieved 2010.

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