John Parker Wilson

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John Parker Wilson (born October 17, 1985) is a professional football player from Hoover, currently a quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League. Wilson signed with the Falcons as a free agent after going undrafted in the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Alabama, after being a quarterback at Hoover High School.

College career


In 2005 as a freshman, Wilson saw action in four games, completing a pass in each appearance. He threw his first career touchdown pass on a 36–yard strike to Keith Brown in Alabama’s 37–14 win at South Carolina.

He completed 63.6% of his passes, throwing for 98 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions.


In 2006, Wilson started all 12 games for the Crimson Tide. He finished the season with a passing efficiency of 128.92, completing 216–of–379 passes for 2,707 yards, 17 touchdowns and ten interceptions. He threw for over 200 yards in the first seven games of the season, setting a new school record, and finished with a school record nine 200-yard games.

  • His best game was at Arkansas (completing 80.0% of his passes for 243 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions)
  • He had strong performances at LSU (completing 62.9% of his passes, throwing for 291 yards, two touchdowns, and 1 interception), and against Ole Miss (completing 57.1% of his passes, throwing for 206 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions)
  • He had a solid performance, although in a loss, against rival Auburn (completing 54.5% of his passes for 252 yards, two touchdowns, and 1 interception).
  • His worst games were against Mississippi State (completing only 48.7% of his passes and throwing two interceptions), at Florida (completing 52.5% of his passes, but throwing three interceptions), and at Tennessee (completing only 44.8% of his passes).


In 2007, Wilson started 13 games for Alabama. His passer rating was 198.6, completing 255–of–462 passes for 2,846 yards, 18 touchdowns (a school record) and 10 interceptions. He was sacked 25 times during the season. His best performance was against rival Tennessee, in which he completed 32 of 46 passing attempts for 367 yards and three touchdowns. Another notable performance was his winning touchdown against Arkansas with eight seconds left in the game.


In his senior season, Wilson was again the starting quarterback, ahead of Greg McElroy. He led the Crimson Tide to a 12–2 season, with victories against #9-ranked Clemson Tigers, #3–ranked Georgia Bulldogs, and #15-ranked LSU Tigers. In the regular season finale, he led Alabama to 36–0 victory over in-state rival Auburn, ending a six-game losing streak to the Tigers. After finishing the regular season 12–0, #1 Alabama eventually lost to #2 Florida in the SEC Championship Game. In the 2009 Sugar Bowl, Alabama was defeated by the Utah Utes, 31–17.

Wilson holds every significant passing record in Alabama school history.

Pro Career

Wilson was signed by the Atlanta Falcons after going undrafted in the 2009 NFL Draft.


Wilson is the son of Parker Wilson, a former professional baseball player for the Boston Red Sox organization. His mother Susan was a cheerleader for the University of Alabama. His younger brother Ross Wilson is a professional baseball player.


  • John Parker Wilson. (2009, August 25). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 19:12, August 25, 2009 [1]

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