Kirby Wilson

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Kirby Wilson
Arizona Cardinals
Position: Running backs coach
Personal information
Born: (1961-08-24) August 24, 1961 (age 56)
Los Angeles, California
Career information
High school: Los Angeles (CA) Dorsey
College: Illinois
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards

Kirby Keyes Wilson (born August 24, 1961) is an American football coach. He served as a running backs coach for several teams in the National Football League (NFL), including the New England Patriots, Arizona Cardinals, and from 2016 to 2017, the Cleveland Browns.

Playing career

High school

Wilson prepped at Dorsey High School in Los Angeles.


Wilson played at the University of Illinois after transferring from Pasadena City College.

He obtained a bachelor of arts degree from Eastern Illinois University in 1989.

Canadian Football League

Wilson played two seasons in the Canadian Football League as a defensive back and kick returner for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Toronto Argonauts between 1983 and 1984.

Coaching career

Wilson has coached the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots, and the Washington Redskins. Wilson was hired in January 2007 as the Pittsburgh Steelers running backs coach after Dick Hoak retired. He was hired when Mike Tomlin took over the team after Bill Cowher resigned early in 2007. At the college level, Wilson has coached at Pasadena City College, Los Angeles Southwest College, Southern Illinois, Wyoming, USC and Iowa State. Kirby is a member of Iota Phi Theta fraternity.

Prior to making the jump to the NFL, he coached Iowa State RB Troy Davis to a year where he ran for over 2,000 yards[1] in 1995 and over 2,100 yards[2] in 1996.

Personal life

In the early morning hours of January 6, 2012, Wilson was injured after a fire broke out in his Seven Fields, PA home. Wilson was airlifted to UPMC Mercy where he was hospitalized for burn treatment.


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