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Jerrel Wilson (1941-2005) was an American collegiate and professional football player. He was a center at the University of Southern Mississippi, and played running back early in his professional career, after being drafted by Kansas City of the American Football League in 1963. But he became an All-AFL punter for the Chiefs. He played more seasons than any player in team history. Wilson's booming punts earned him the media nickname "Thunderfoot", because he frequently got the Chiefs out of the shadow of their own goal posts. To friends, he was "Duck", a lover of the outdoors.
Wilson had four punts of 70 or more yards in his career. He played for Kansas City for seven years in the American Football League, and 15 years altogether, a total of 203 games and 1,018 punts for the Chiefs. Wilson had a career average of 43.0 yards per kick and was at his best during big games. His average of 46.5 yards on 11 punts in two World Championship is a record. He was selected as a member of the American Football League All-Time Team. Wilson is a 1988 inductee of the Chiefs' Hall of Fame, and a member of the American Football League Hall of Fame. He died of cancer on April 9, 2005.
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