Gibril Wilson

Gibril Wilson

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Wilson at 2007 New York Giants training camp
No. 28, 27
Position: Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1981-11-12) November 12, 1981
Place of birth: Freetown, Sierra Leone
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 206 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school: San Jose (CA) Oak Grove
College: Tennessee
NFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 5 / Pick: 136
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 615
Sacks: 8.5
INTs: 13
Player stats at

Gibril Donald Wilson (born November 12, 1981) is a former American football safety in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the New York Giants in the fifth round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at Tennessee.

Wilson earned a Super Bowl ring with the Giants in Super Bowl XLII. He has also played for the Oakland Raiders and Miami Dolphins.

College career

Wilson was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone and moved to the U.S. at age five.[1][2] Although Wilson excelled in football as both a wide receiver and defensive back at Oak Grove High School, he drew little attention from any Division I schools. He initially attended City College of San Francisco, and two years later was the top recruited junior college safety, choosing Tennessee over USC, Oregon and Florida.

Professional career

New York Giants

He was drafted by the New York Giants in the fifth round of the 2004 NFL Draft, with whom he later won Super Bowl XLII, knocking down Tom Brady's last desperation pass to Randy Moss. His team beat the New England Patriots in that game. In his four years with the team, he started 51 of 52 games, recording 360 tackles, six sacks, and 11 interceptions.

Oakland Raiders

In 2008, Wilson signed a six-year, $39 million contract with the Oakland Raiders, making him one of the highest paid safeties in NFL history.

Wilson was released by the Raiders after one season with the team on February 20, 2009. He finished the season with 129 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and two interceptions.

Miami Dolphins

Wilson agreed to a five-year contract with the Miami Dolphins on February 26, 2009. The contract was worth $27.5 million with $8 million guaranteed.[3] Wilson was released on March 5, 2010.

Cincinnati Bengals

Wilson signed with the Cincinnati Bengals on May 6, 2010. During a preseason game with the Philadelphia Eagles, he injured the ACL and MCL in his left knee. Following surgery he sat out the 2010 season.[4]


  1. Biggane, Brian (June 16, 2009). "Dolphins' Gibril Wilson working to help underdeveloped Sierra Leone". The Daily Dolphin. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
  2. Black, Katie. "Gibril Wilson: From the NFL to the ATL". Loftlife. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
  3. Safety Gibril Wilson Signs With Dolphins Yahoo Sports, February 26, 2009
  4. Walker, James (August 21, 2010). "Gibril Wilson to have ACL, MCL surgery". Retrieved January 9, 2011.
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