(The following is a press release from Jones College.)
ELLISVILLE – Former Jones College Bobcat linebacker Damien Wilson and the Kansas City Chiefs overcame a 10-point deficit to stun the San Francisco 49ers, 31-20, in Super Bowl LIV on Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida.
Wilson finished with four tackles and ended the year with a combined 100 tackles in the regular and postseason.
He's the first former Bobcat since Deion Branch (New England) in 2003-04 to win a Super Bowl.
The standout linebacker was drafted in the fourth round by Dallas in 2015 and played his first four NFL seasons for the Cowboys before signing this offseason with Kansas City.
Wilson played at Minnesota from 2013-14 after transferring from Jones and made 197 tackles in 26 games for the Maroon and Gold.
He led Minnesota in tackles (119), tackles for loss (10.5) and tied for the team lead in sacks (4.0) in 2014. His 119 tackles are the most for the Gophers since Kim Royston made 123 in 2011. Wilson also recorded one interception, three pass breakups, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries en route to being named All-Big Ten First Team. He also received the team's Carl Eller Award (outstanding defensive player) and was Minnesota's Linebacker of the Year.
In 2013, Wilson played in 13 games and was second on the team with 78 tackles. He also recorded 5.5 tackles-for-loss and one sack.
In his lone season at Jones in 2012, Wilson was First Team All-MACJC and Region 23 Defensive MVP after ranking fourth in the nation with 122 tackles.