ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - One of the greatest players in the history of the St. Louis Football Cardinals has died. Larry Wilson, who is credited with innovating the safety blitz and once intercepted a pass with two broken hands, died Thursday at the age of 82.
Wilson, drafted in the 7th round of the 1960 draft as a running back out of the University of Utah, Wilson became one of the game's greatest defensive backs.
After his playing career, Wilson worked in the Cardinals front office from 1973 until 2002, including as VP and General Manager from 1988-93.
Wilson says, “Larry Wilson was the kindest, most humble person that I will ever know. To most, he was this ferocious and fierce football player who some described as pound for pound the toughest player of his generation. To me, he was the most generous and gentle soul you would ever meet. For Larry, it was always about everyone else and what he could do for them. And especially in the times we live, that’s something that we could use more of today.”