Originally signed with the Detroit Lions as an undrafted rookie free agent on April 30, 2004… Signed to the Bills practice squad on 10/18/04 where he spent the remainder of the 2004 season. … Made the 53-man roster in 2005 … Spent the first 15 games on the Bills practice squad, promoted to the 53-man roster for final game of the season in 2006. … Spent the 2007 offseason working at safety...made the switch to safety and played 12 games in 2007.
• Buffalo Bills Walter Payton Man of the Year - 2009 & 2011
• Voted team captain for four consecutive seasons
• Recorded career-highs in the following categories in 2009 – tackles (91), sacks (2.0) and interceptions (4)
• First Bills defensive back to post consecutive multi-sack seasons since Lawyer Milloy (2003-04); Only second Bills defensive back to accomplish the feat
Elected team captain for fourth consective season.
At KC (9-11): Forced a Jamaal Charles fumble in 2nd quarter. Turnover was converted to a Bills FG to give team 20-0 lead. It was his 2nd career FF. Added 5 tackles including 1 tackle for loss.
Vs. Oak (9-18): Posted seven defensive tackles and one on special teams.
Vs. NE (9-25): Totaled 10 tackles. Posted an INT in the 4th quarter that led to Buffalo tying the game at 24.
At Cin (10-2): Made his 30th career start. Recorded his 10th career INT in the second quarter. Became the 25th Bills with 10 INTs. Turnover led to a Fred Jackson TD run. Posted a game-high 12 tackles.
Vs. Phi (10-9): Produced a team-high 11 tackles (nine in the first half) including one tackle for loss. Posted three passes defensed. Recorded the 2nd of Buffalo’s four interceptions of Michael Vick. Wilson recorded an interception in his third consecutive game - 1st Bill w/ a three-game streak since Jairus Byrd in games 5-9 in 2009.
At NYG (10-16): Posted 10 tackles.
Vs. Was (10-30): Recorded his 4th INT of the season and added nine tackles. Buffalo defense held Washington to 152 net passing yards and John Beck to a 53.6 passer rating.
Vs. NYJ (11-6): Posted five tackles.
At Dal (11-13): Tied for a game-high eight tackles. Missed the second half with a stinger.
At Mia (11-20), At NYJ (11-27), Vs. Ten (12-4): Inactive (Inj)
At SD (12-11): Returned to action after missing three weeks with a neck injury. Recorded six tackles.
Vs. Mia (12-18): Recorded a fumble recovery in the first quarter. Takeaway led to a CJ Spiller TD run. Recovered an onside kick in fourth quarter that led to a Bills FG. Added seven tackles.
Vs. Den (12-24): Posted four tackles ... Pass defense held Tim Tebow to a 35.4 passer rating.
At NE (1-1): Totaled 10 tackles and a forced fumble. ... Converted a fake punt for a 6-yard rush and first down. Play helped set-up team’s first TD.
Voted team captain for the third consecutive season
Vs. MIA (9/12): Earned the start at free safety. Made five defensive tackles and added one special teams tackle.
at GB (9/19): Saw action primarily on special teams.
at NE (9/26): Tied for the team lead with two special teams tackles.
vs. NYJ (10/3): Recorded one defensive tackle and three special teams tackles.
vs. JAX (10/10: Saw action on the team’s short yardage defense. Also played on special teams.
at BAL (10/24): Played in his 50th career game. Tied for the team-lead with two special teams tackles. Also added a fumble recovery on special teams. Saw action defensively also.
at KC (10/31): Posted three tackles and one pass defensed.
vs. CHI (11/7): Saw action on special teams and defensively.
vs. DET (11/14): Recorded one special teams tackle.
at CIN (11/21): Halted potential Cincinnati scoring drive with an INT in the end zone at 3:11 in the 3rd quarter. INT was first by defensive back in 2010. Returned INT 56 yards. Bills converted TO into go-ahead TD to take 35-31 lead. ... Added three tackles and two passes defensed.
vs. PIT (11/28): Totaled two defensive tackles and two special teams tackles.
at MIN (12/5): Produced one defensive tackle and one special teams tackle.
vs. CLE (12/12): Saw action on defense and special teams.
at MIA (12/19): Recorded Buffalo’s only interception. Offense converted turnover to the team’s first touchdown.
vs. NE (12/26): Posted two defensive tackles.
• At MIA (10/4): Made first start of the season and led the team with 2.0 sacks. First defensive back with a multi-sack game since Lawyer Milloy vs. St. Louis (11/21/04). Also posted his first forced fumble of his career on one of the sacks. Totaled five defensive tackles. Also led the team with three special teams tackles.
• At NYJ (10/18): Had a very active day in the secondary with an interception (first of the season), six tackles, a tackle for loss, a pass defensed and three special teams tackles.
• At CAR (10/25): Set a career-high and led Bills DBs with 10 tackles. Added an interception, a tackle for loss and a pass defensed.
• Vs. HOU (11/1): Posted a career-high 15 tackles and added a QB hit.
• At JAX (11/22): Posted an interception. Added four solo tackles and a pass defensed.
• At KC (12/13): Registered Buffalo’s fourth interception of the game on the final play of the game. Set a new career single-season high with four interceptions in 2009. Added five tackles including one tackle for loss, a quarterback hit, and a pass defensed.
• Voted as a special teams captain prior to the season…recorded a half-sack and a fumble recovery at NE (11/9).
• Played in all 16 games for first time in career
• Finished third on team with 15 special teams tackles
• Shared a sack of Patriots QB Matt Cassel with DT Marcus Stroud at NE (11/9)… play marked his first career participation in a sack… also recovered the fumble forced by Stroud on the same play, marking his second career FR.
• Had season-high four tackles, including one for a loss of five yards, a sack, and recovered a fumble at KC (11/23), starting in place of an injured Donte Whitner.
• Made the full-time transition from wide receiver to safety and played in 12 games, making a career-high nine starts
• Recorded 41 tackles, two defensive touchdowns, two interceptions, a fumble recovery and three passes defensed
• Was placed on injured reserve on Dec. 14
• In first career start at free safety vs. Dal. (10/8), posted first career interception and returned the ball 25 yards for a touchdown… Became the first Bills player to return their first interception for a score since 2004 (Pat Williams)… Was the first of two Bills INTs returned for TDs in the same game and was only the fourth game in Bills history with two INT TDs
• Notched his second interception of the season and of his career at NYJ (10/28) off Kellen Clemens in the end zone as time expired
• Vs. Cin. (11/4), had a career-high eight tackles
• Scored his second career touchdown on his first career fumble recovery vs. Mia. (12/9), returning the loose ball 20 yards
• Spent the first 15 games of the season on the practice squad. Promoted to the 53-man roster for the final game and was inactive at Bal. (12/31).
• Played in three of the first four games of the season and saw action primarily on special teams, finishing the year with two tackles on special teams
• Saw action in his first NFL game vs. Hou (9/11); played primarily on special teams and recorded a tackle
• Saw action at wide receiver and on special teams vs. Atl. (9/25)
• Posted one tackle on special teams at NO (10/2)
Tackles: 15 vs. HOU (11/1/09)
Interceptions: 1 eleven times (last vs. Phi 10/9/11)
Sacks: 2.0 at MIA 10/4/09
Three-year starter who overcame injury problems earlier in his career to become the Arkansas’ top possession-type receiver… Finished career with at least one reception in 38 of his final 40 games, including all of the 2003 season… Only the 16th player in school history to gain over 1,000 yards receiving in a career… In 44 games, he hauled in 144 passes for 2,151 yards (14.9 average) and 16 touchdowns … Led team in receiving for second-straight year in 2003 with 50 receptions for 900 yards (18.0 average) and six touchdowns… Had four 100-yard receiving games in 2003, including a career-high 172 yards on nine receptions and a touchdown in team’s 71-63 overtime win over Kentucky … Led the team with 49 catches for 626 yards and a career-high seven touchdowns in 2002, starting 11 of 14 games…Graduated with a degree in business management.
A two-time all-state receiver and was an honorable mention All-America as a senior at Tilghman (Paducah, KY) High School … made 81 catches for 1,723 yards and 24 touchdowns during his career … played in the Kentucky-Tennessee All-Star Game … finalist for the Kentucky Male Athlete of the Year award … All-State in basketball as well … also lettered in baseball and track … Full name: George Eugene Wilson, Jr. … a member of the 2001-02 and 2002-03 Lon Farrell Academic Honor Rolls … involved in Fayetteville’s community outreach project, spending his spare time speaking and reading at elementary schools… recently made his acting debut, appearing in Mary J. Blige’s music video Hood Love as the lead male and Blige’s love interest.
With all the work he does throughout the WNY community and elsewhere, it’s no surprise George was selected as the 2011 Buffalo Bills/NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year award winner. George is now a two-time recipient of the award after being selected in 2009 as well.
George is very involved in a number of charitable endeavors, including the Play 60 Challenge, encouraging physical activity among children for at least 60 minutes every day. As an active member of the Buffalo Bills Play 60 Challenge, George helped to introduce the program in a kickoff celebration for over 2,500 students in the Buffalo Public Schools. At the assembly in Kleinhans Music Hall, he participated in a Play 60 themed trivia show and also shared health and fitness tips with the group of 3rd – 6th grade students. George is one of four players featured on trading cards used in the Play 60 Challenge. The trading cards include health and fitness tips from players encouraging students to stay active as a part of the Play 60 program.
George participated in the Night Out With the Bills which is put on by the Buffalo Pro Ministry Athletes in Action. The players in attendance shared stories about their views on faith, signed autographs and posed for pictures with over 700 members of the Buffalo Community.
For the last several years, George has served as a spokesperson for the Buffalo Bills and American Red Cross blood drive at Ralph Wilson Stadium. George has been instrumental in helping collect thousands of units of blood that have gone on to save the lives of many more thousands. The most recent drive on June 13, 2012 brought in a record-breaking 523 units – shattering the old record by 122 units.
In November, George served as one of 18 Bills players who travelled to Holland, NY to formally announce H.O. Brumstead Elementary as the Buffalo Bills “Play 60 Super School.” The school received a $10,000 grant for health and wellness initiatives and held an Ultimate Physical Education class led by Bills players.
By participating in the Bills’ Community Ticket Program, George was able to assist numerous young fans throughout the season. George’s Jungle was on hand each game and also received food and beverage coupons compliments of George.
George was one of six Bills who supported the 2011 Kids Escaping Drugs Campaign “Stay Strong” to fight against teen drug use. George sat in on an autograph session at the Boulevard Mall on September 27th that gathered over $8,000 to raise awareness for the campaign.
George also has his own foundation. This year the S.A.F.E.T.Y. Foundation hosted a Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway at a local community center and a Perfect Attendance luncheon for students from the Buffalo Public Schools. He also finds time to give back to his hometown of Paducah, Kentucky through events supported by the S.A.F.E.T.Y. Foundation such as his youth retreat and football camp – the George Wilson S.A.F.E.T.Y. Foundation Sports Fest.
George supported the local community throughout the holiday season by assisting in Co-Strength and Conditioning Coach John Gamble’s holiday programming. Multiple Bills players assisted the events by donating time and money to ensure area families could properly enjoy the holidays.
In May, George took his efforts north of the border when he spent a day at Deer Park Jr. & Senior Public School in Toronto, Ont. as part of the NFL Canada – Take a Player to School contest. George joined 12-year-old contest winner Tikal Charles-Taylor and participated in a school-wide assembly and a Play 60 class featuring football-related activities and drills.