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 26 Eugene Wilson DB

  Height: 5-10   Weight: 195
  Year: 5   Yrs/Pat: 5
  Acquired: D2a-03(36th overall)
  School: Illinois
  Major: Speech Communications
  Born: Aug 17, 1980  Maywood  Ill
Personal

Eugene W. Wilson II was born the son of Murlean and Eugene Wilson on Aug. 17, 1980 in Maywood, Ill. ... Attended Merrillville (Ind.) High ... All-Duneland Athletic Conference selection ... Conference Defensive MVP, two-time all-state selection and Defensive Player of the Year ... Played cornerback, running back and wide receiver, earning three letters in football and four in basketball ... Four-year varsity starter in basketball, twice earning All-Conference accolades ... Led the team in scoring and assists as a senior ... Majored in speech communications at Illinois ... Eugene and his wife Jamie have two sons, Julian Campbell and Eugene Wilson III.
Career Transactions

Eugene Wilson was drafted by the New England Patriots in the second round (36th overall) of the 2003 NFL draft … Signed by the Patriots (07/21/03).
Career Statistics

Regular Season Tackles Interceptions Miscellaneous
Year Team G/S TT UT A S Yds No Yds Avg TD PD FF FR SpT
2003 Patriots 16/15 66 54 12 0.0 0.0 4 18 4.5 0 9 0 0 1
2004 Patriots 15/14 67 51 16 0.0 0.0 4 51 12.7 0 7 3 2 4
2005 Patriots 16/16 64 39 25 0.0 0.0 1 0 0.0 0 8 0 1 8

Totals   47/45 197 144 53 0.0 0.0 9 69 7.6 0 24 3 3 13

Career Highlights

Career GP/GS (Playoffs): 47/45 (8/8)

Wilson has started 45 of 47 games over his first three NFL seasons, recording 197 tackles (144 solo), nine interceptions for 69 yards, 24 passes defensed. Three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

Wilson's nine interceptions from 2003-05 were the most on the team over that span.

Wilson led the squad with four interceptions and tied for the team lead with three forced fumbles in 2004.

Wilson was named AFC Defensive Player of the Month for September 2004 after notching 12 tackles (9 solo), two interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in two Patriots’ victories.

Wilson recorded the first multiple-interception game of his career in the Patriots’ 23–12 victory over Arizona (9/19/04).

Wilson started 15 of 16 regular-season games and all three postseason games at free safety in 2003 and tied for the lead among all NFL rookies with four interceptions.

Wilson notched his first career interception in his NFL debut against Buffalo (9/7/03) when he picked off a Drew Bledsoe pass at the end of the second quarter.


2005 Season

2005 (16/16/0/0): Oakland (9/8): Tied for second on the team with seven tackles (5 solo) and two passes defensed in the Patriots' 30-20 victory over the Raiders on opening night ... Broke up a long pass in the end zone intended for Randy Moss during the fourth quarter ... Collected a solo special teams tackle. at Carolina (9/18): Collected three tackles (1 solo) and a pass defensed ... Broke up a pass intended for Rod Gardner in the end zone at the start of the fourth quarter. at Pittsburgh (9/25): Registered five tackles (1 solo) and a fumble recovery in the Patriots' 23-20 victory over the Steelers ... Recovered an Antwaan Randle El fumble after he attempted to lateral the ball in the second quarter. San Diego (10/2): Notched five tackles (3 solo). at Atlanta (10/9): Collected three solo tackles and a pass defensed in the Patriots' 31-28 win over the Falcons ... Broke up a pass intended for Michael Jenkins in the first quarter. at Denver (10/16): Recorded two tackles (1 solo). Buffalo (10/30): Recorded nine tackles (4 solo) in the Patriots' 21-16 victory over the Bills on Sunday Night Football. Indianapolis (11/7): Registered four solo tackles ... Tied for the team lead with two special teams tackles. at Miami (11/13): Tallied six tackles (4 solo) and two passes defensed in the Patriots' 23-16 road victory over the Dolphins ... Knocked down a pass intended for Chris Chambers in the first quarter ... Broke up a pass intended for Chris Chambers in the first quarter. New Orleans (11/20): Notched six tackles (4 solo), an interception and two passes defensed in the Patriots' 24-17 win over the Saints ... Deflected a pass intended for Joe Horn in the fourth quarter ... Sealed the victory by intercepting an Aaron Brooks pass intended for Joe Horn in the end zone on the final play of the game ... Collected a solo tackle on special teams coverage units. at Kansas City (11/27): Recorded seven tackles (5 solo) ... Recorded two special teams tackles on coverage units. N.Y. Jets (12/4): Recorded a solo tackle in the Patriots' 16-3 victory over the Jets. at Buffalo (12/11): Notched two tackles in the Patriots' commanding 35-7 road victory over the Bills ... Registered a special teams tackle on coverage units. Tampa Bay (12/17): Collected two tackles in the Patriots' 28-0 shutout victory over the Buccaneers. at N.Y. Jets (12/26): Started at safety in the Patriots' 31-21 victory over the Jets. Miami (1/1): Saw limited action at safety and notched two tackles.

2005 Postseason (2/2/0/0): Jacksonville (1/7): Collected three solo tackles and a forced fumble in the Patriots' 28-3 AFC Wild Card victory over the Jaguars ... Recorded a tackle on special teams coverage units ... Caused Alvin Pearman to fumble with a vicious hit in the second quarter. at Denver (1/14): Started at safety and registered two tackles.


2004 season

2004 (15/14, 3/3): Started 14 of 15 regular season games and all three postseason contests at safety … Led the team with four interceptions and tied for the team lead with three forced fumbles … Finished third on the team with seven passes defensed … Collected 67 tackles (51 solo) … Named AFC Defensive Player of the Month for September … Recorded the first multiple-interception game of his career with two picks of Josh McCown in the Patriots’ 23–12 victory over Arizona (9/19/04). Indianapolis (9/9): Registered eight tackles (6 solo), a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in the Patriots’ 27-24 victory over the Colts … Halted a Colts drive in the third quarter by scooping up an Edgerrin James fumble that was forced by Ty Warren at the Patriots 18-yard line … Preserved the Patriots’ 27-24 lead by forcing James to fumble at the Patriots 1-yard line with 3:43 remaining in the fourth quarter. at Arizona (9/19): Collected four tackles (3 solo) and three passes defensed, including two interceptions in the Patriots’ 23-12 victory over the Cardinals … Picked off a Josh McCown pass and returned the interception 14 yards … Registered his second interception of the game when he picked off a McCown pass intended for Larry Fitzgerald and returned it 13 yards … Batted down a pass intended for Freddie Jones. at Buffalo (10/3): Notched five tackles (4 solo) in the Patriots’ 31-17 victory over the Bills. Miami (10/10): Collected five tackles in the Patriots’ 24-10 victory over the Dolphins. Seattle (10/17): Notched four tackles (3 solo) and a forced fumble in the Patriots’ 30-20 victory over the Seahawks. N.Y. Jets (10/24): Played in a reserve role at safety and notched seven tackles (5 solo) in the Patriots’ 13-7 win over the Jets. at Pittsburgh (10/31): Registered 10 tackles (8 solo) against the Steelers. at St. Louis (11/7): Notched five tackles (4 solo) in the Patriots’ 40-22 road win against the Rams. Buffalo (11/14): Collected a solo tackle and an interception in the Patriots’ commanding 29-6 victory over the Bills … Made a diving interception at the Patriots 3-yard line on a deep ball late in the first quarter. at Kansas City (11/22): Recorded three solo tackles in the Patriots’ 27-19 Monday Night victory over the Chiefs. Baltimore (11/28): Started at cornerback and collected four tackles (2 solo) and a pass defensed in the Patriots’ 24-3 victory over the Ravens … Knocked down a Kyle Boller pass intended for Travis Taylor … Stopped Chester Taylor for a 1-yard loss on a screen pass. at Cleveland (12/5): Started at cornerback and collected two solo tackles and a fumble recovery in the Patriots’ 42-15 victory over the Browns … Recovered a Steve Heiden fumble that was caused by Dexter Reid. Cincinnati (12/12): Returned to his starting spot at safety and notched five solo tackles in the Patriots’ AFC East clinching 35-28 victory over the Bengals. at Miami (12/20): Registered two tackles and a pass defensed … Broke up an A.J. Feeley pass intended for Marty Booker. at N.Y. Jets (12/26): Started at cornerback … Registered two tackles and an interception in the Patriots’ 23-7 victory over the Jets … Picked off a Chad Pennington pass intended for Wayne Chrebet. San Francisco (1/2): Inactive. Indianapolis (1/16): Registered a tackle and a pass defensed in the Patriots’ 20-3 victory over the Colts … Knocked down a pass in the end zone that was intended for Reggie Wayne just before halftime, forcing the Colts to settle for a 23-yard field goal. at Pittsburgh (1/23): Registered four tackles and two interceptions in the Patriots’ 41-27 AFC Championship victory over the Steelers … Intercepted a Ben Roethlisberger pass that was tipped by Asante Samuel … Picked off a pass intended for Hines Ward. Philadelphia (2/6): Recorded a solo tackle and a fumble recovery in the Patriots’ 24-21 victory over the Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX … Recovered a fumble that was forced by Randall Gay … Tied for the team lead with two special teams stops.


2003 Season

2003 (16/15, 3/3): Started 15 of 16 regular-season games and all three postseason games at free safety … Tied for the lead among all NFL rookies with four interceptions … Played in his first NFL game at Buffalo (9/7) … Started his first professional game at Philadelphia (9/14) … Registered his first career interception in his first NFL contest (9/7) … Was part of a Patriots defense that led the NFL in four key categories: opponents’ points per game (14.9), opponents’ passer rating (56.2), interceptions (29) and passing touchdowns surrendered (11) … Named to ESPN.com’s All-Rookie Team and to USA Today’s All-Joe Team. Buffalo (9/7): Recorded his first career interception in his NFL debut when he picked off a Drew Bledsoe pass at the end of the second quarter. Philadelphia (9/14): Made his first career start at safety in the Patriots’ 31-10 win. Washington (9/28): Started at safety and registered seven tackles (6 solo), tying Tedy Bruschi. Tennessee (10/5): Finished third on the team with seven solo tackles … Broke up a Titans scoring opportunity by batting down a Steve McNair pass intended for Drew Bennett at the goal line in the first quarter. N.Y. Giants (10/12): Sealed the Patriots win by intercepting a Kerry Collins pass intended for Amani Toomer with 51 seconds left in the game. Miami (10/19): Tallied five tackles (3 solo) in the Patriots’ 19-13 overtime victory over the Dolphins … Corralled his third career interception when he picked off a Jay Fiedler pass that was intended for Derrius Thompson. Denver (11/3): Tallied a season-high and career-high eight tackles (7 solo). Houston (11/23): Tallied six tackles (4 solo) in the Patriots’ come-from-behind 23-20 overtime victory over the Texans … Member of a secondary that limited Tony Banks to just three-for-nine passing for 18 yards in the first half. Miami (12/7): Tallied five solo tackles … Administered a big hit on Chris Chambers after he caught a pass along the right sideline in the second quarter. N.Y. Jets (12/20): Registered five tackles (4 solo) and an interception … Sealed the Patriots’ 11th straight victory by intercepting a Chad Pennington pass intended for Santana Moss with 45 seconds remaining in the game. Tennessee (1/10): Tallied five tackles (4 solo) in the Patriots’ 17-14 divisional playoff victory over the Titans. Indianapolis (1/18): Registered three solo tackles in the Patriots’ 24-14 AFC Championship victory. Carolina (2/1): Started at safety and recorded two pass defenses in the Patriots’ 32-29 Super Bowl XXXVIII victory.
College

Wilson was a three-year starter with a knack for breaking up the pass … Recorded 176 tackles (139 solos) with an 11-yard sack and four stops behind the line of scrimmage in 45 games … Ranks sixth on the Illinois all-time interception list with 11, while his 60 pass deflections shattered the previous Illini record of 26, held by Bobby Jackson (1997-2001), Marlon Primous (1988-91) and Robert Crumpton (1991-94) … Returned 93 punts (second all-time) for a school career-record 896 yards (9.6 avg.) and a pair of touchdowns, surpassing the old mark of 790 yards by Darryl Usher (1985-87). 2002 (Senior): All-Big Ten Conference second-team selection … Named the Fighting Illini Special Teams Player of the Year … Lined up at strong-side cornerback, ranking third on the team with 66 tackles (59 solos), including an 11-yard sack and two stops for losses of 14 yards … Intercepted a pass and deflected 14 others … Caused two fumbles … Returned 23 punts for 270 yards (11.7 avg.) and a touchdown, adding 73 yards on four kickoff returns (18.2 avg.). 2001 (Junior): All-American third-team selection by The Sporting News, adding second-team honors from The NFL Draft Report and Football News … Consensus All-Big Ten Conference first-team pick … Lined up at strong-side cornerback, leading the nation with a school season-record 30 pass deflections … Recorded a career-high 70 tackles (54 solos) with a stop for a six-yard loss … Intercepted six passes for 29 yards in returns … Also caused a fumble … Registered 25 punt returns for 250 yards (10.0 avg.) and 12 kickoff returns for 235 yards (19.6 avg.). 2000 (Sophomore): All-Big Ten Conference honorable mention … Started every game, recording 37 tackles (26 solos) with a stop for a six-yard loss … Returned four interceptions a total of 22 yards and deflected 16 passes … Gained 72 yards on 12 punt returns (5.1 avg.). 1999 (Freshman): Played in 10 games, seeing action mostly as a punt returner … Recorded three assisted tackles and gained 304 yards on 31 punt returns (9.8 avg.), including a 65-yard touchdown return vs. Arkansas State (team’s first punt returned for a score since 1984).

Extra Points

Eugene started amateur boxing as a seventhgrader after he was cut from the basketball team. His father, Eugene, served as his trainer. After a few years, Wilson made the basketball team and his boxing career ended.

Eugene's post-football aspiration is to become a successful entrepreneur/businessman.