Alan Wilson

Athlete

Offensive lineman attract few statistics and generally little notice unless the passer is hurried or sacked. There is one set of numbers that stands out for Alan Wilson however, and that is the Lions’ won-loss record over Al’s final 10 seasons. Between 1977 and 1986, the team compiled a mark of 101-56-5 (.639), the best 10-year stretch in club history to that point. Al played a big role in that turnaround and his selection to seven straight Western AND Canadian All-Star teams recognized that achievement (1975 to 1981). He received the West’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award three times and CFL”s Schenley Award in 1977. Al missed games in only one of his 15 seasons with the club, saw action in another 12 playoff contests, and was a key member on a pair of Grey Cup teams. He and the rest of the 1985 B.C. Lions were elected to the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame for that accomplishment. He still ranks in the league’s Top 35 for most games played at 233. Alan was elected to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1997.