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Fay 'Mule' Wilson

 

Fay Mule Wilson

Date of Birth: September 10, 1901, in Honey Grove, Texas

Date of Death: July 18, 1937, in Austin, Texas (35 years old)

Source:

New York Times - Published 07/19/37

Fay "Mule" Wilson was a star athlete for the Honey Grove high school football team.

He was the quarterback on the 1921 team that lost in the state championship game to

Oak Cliff high 7-0. Mule then went on to star for the Texas A&M Aggies where he was

a letterman both in football and in track for the years 1923-24-25.

 

He captained the football team in 1925 when the Aggies captured the conference

championshipand Mule was selected all conference fullback for the second straight

year. Mule was also the Southwest Conference 100 yard sprint champion in 1926.

He then went on to play professional football for Buffalo during the 1926 season

and subsequently, the New York Giants for seven years from 1927-34 in the

professional football league.

 

He was on the Giant team that won the world championship in 1927. A football

commemorating the event is part of the headstone that marks Mule's grave. Mule

played pro football with several other teams until his failing health forced him to retire

in 1935.

 

He was actively engaged in the oil and gas business in Austin, Texas when he suffered a

heart attack and died July 18, 1937. He had not reached his 36th birthday.

He is enshrined in the Fannin County sports hall of fame (November 1992)

and in the Texas A&M Athletic Hall of Fame (1980).

 

Teams:

1926 Buffalo Rangers (NFL)

1927 New York Giants (NFL)

1928 New York Giants (NFL)

1929 New York Giants (NFL)

1930 New York Giants (NFL)

1930 Staten Island Stapletons (NFL)

1930 Green Bay Packers (NFL)

1931 Green Bay Packers (NFL)

1932 Portsmouth Spartans (NFL)

1933 Portsmouth Spartans (NFL)

College:

Texas A&M University