Linebacker great Otis Wilson to be honored

Otis Wilson, who starred at linebacker for the Cardinals from 1977-79 will have his #50 jersey honored prior to Louisville's home opener against Oregon State on September 17.

Prior to No.12 Louisville kicking off against visiting Oregon State at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on September 17, U of L will honor one of it's many greats in former linebacker Otis Wilson.

Wilson became one of the best to ever play on the defensive side of the ball for Louisville, when he wrecked havoc for opponents from 1977-79. His 484 career tackles ranks second all-time in school history, while his season best of 175 stops currently ranks third.

The former first team All-American selection became one of just six Cardinals - joining Lenny Lyles (58), Ken Kortas (64), Bruce Armstrong (87), Ted Washington (91) and Joe Johnson (93) - to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft when the Chicago Bears chose him with their opening-round pick.

As a member of the Bears, the 'Junk Yard Dog' became an important member of one of the NFL's best defensive squads ever, not to mention playing a vital role on Chicago's 1986 Super Bowl title.

Retired Jersey
QB Johnny Unitas

Previously Honored Jerseys
OL Bruce Armstrong
LB Doug Buffone
CB Ray Buchanan
RB Ernie Green
LB Tom Jackson
OT Joe Jacoby
RB Lenny Lyles
OL Otto Knop
CB Frank Minnifield
QB Chris Redman
CB Dwayne Woodruff


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