Jerrel Douglas Wilson

Jerrel Wilson Born: October 4, 1941
Died: July 9, 2005
Hometown: Brookhaven, MS
(Born New Orleans, LA)
Year of Induction: 2011


High School Career

Murphy High, Mobile, AL and Brookhaven High School, Brookhaven, MS


College Career

Pearl River Junior College Wildcats, Poplarville, MS (1959-1960)
  • Two-year letterman at punter, center, & linebacker
  • JUCO All American (’60)
  • State JUCO and Hospitality Bowl champions with 10-1 record (’60)
University of Southern Mississippi (1961-1962)
  • Two-year letterman at center, fullback, and punter
  • UPI College Division National Championship team (’62)
  • College career totals: 57 punts for 37.8 yard average, only 36.8 percent of punts returned for 8.0 yard average


Pro Career

  • 11th round draft choice, 88th player selected overall, by Dallas Texans (Kansas City Chiefs) in the 1963 AFL draft; drafted in the 17th round of the 1963 NFL draft by the Los Angeles Rams (signed with Chiefs in AFL-NFL bidding wars)
Kansas City Chiefs (1963-1977)
  • AFL All-Pro Team (’66, ‘68)
  • NFL All-Pro Team (’71, ‘72, ‘73, ‘74)
  • Two Super Bowl appearances (Super Bowls I & IV)
  • Played more seasons (15) than any player in Chiefs’ history
  • Kansas City records for most punts in career (1,014), average yardage in a career (43.6), season (46.1) and game (56.4)
  • NFL record for most seasons leading the league in punting average (‘65, ‘68, ‘72, ‘73)
New England Patriots (1978)

NFL Career Totals: 217 games played; 1,072 punts for 46,139 yards; 43 yard per punt average; 2 of 4 passing for 29 yards; 7.25 yard average completion; 22 rushes for 53 yards; 5 catches for 53 yards; one kick return for 20 yards; 4 points scored on two-point PAT conversions


Special Honors and Recognition

  • Named to All-Time AFL team by the Pro Football Hall of Fame
  • University of Southern Mississippi Athletic Hall of Fame (1973)
  • Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame (1988)
  • Pearl River Community College Athletics Hall of Fame (1989)


Did You Know?

Jerrel had two nicknames during his career. He was called “Thunderfoot” by Chiefs’ fans and the media, but his close friends called him “Duck” because of his fondness for the outdoors. During his lengthy professional career, he booted four punts of 70 or more. He is a member of the Chiefs’ Hall of Honor.