Former Pirate Headed To The Super Bowl

By: Bill DiNicola
By: Bill DiNicola

Former Pirate and current Green Bay Packer CJ Wilson will get a chance to be a Super Bowl champion in his rookie season. Wilson, a defensive lineman who was drafted in the 7th round by the packers, is a native of Belhaven in Beaufort County.

The Packers are the first 6th seed in the NFC to make it to the Super Bowl, and are the hottest team in the league, winning 9 of their last 12 games, after beating Chicago 21-14 in the NFC championship.

Wilson played in 15 regular season games for the Packers, starting in 2. He made 18 tackles, including 8 against the Vikings in week 7. Wilson’s only sack of the season came against John Kitna and the Cowboys in week 9. He recorded 5 tackles so far in the playoffs , including a sack against the Falcons in the divisional round.

Before joining one of the most historic teams in the NFL, CJ Wilson was a two-time All-Area selection for coach Bing Mitchell at Northside High School. He played key role in Panthers' program which rolled to a 13-3 record and advanced to the Eastern Championship contest his senior season.

CJ wanted to stay close to his family so the decision to pick East Carolina for college was an easy one. He played in all 54 games during time at ECU, starting 37 straight contests to close out his career. He was named Conference USA's Defensive MVP as a senior, racking up 57 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. He returned a blocked extra point against Southern Miss to help the team get back to the Conference USA championship game, where the pirates beat Houston. In his final two seasons ,Wilson was a two-time first-team all-conference selection (2008-09).

Off the field CJ earned a Bachelors degree in communications, and was a three-time selection to the ECU Athletic Director’s Honor Roll. He is also an accomplished piano player, and enjoys spending time with his family and church.


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  • by Anonymous on Feb 7, 2011 at 04:56 PM
    Great job CJ!! I know your family is so proud of you and they should be. You are a great example, you got your education and still followed your dream and by the looks of it achieved it all!!! Go get that ring you earned it, great job last night.
  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Feb 7, 2011 at 12:09 PM
    Steeler fan, you were WRONG. CJ does have that ring. Be lucky your guys did'nt have to go to New England and get whooped by the Patriots. Jets did you guys a huge favor. NYY, you are out of your mind. It's the terrible QB of your's Eli Manning that had way more to do with losing 2 of those games. You dude don't know football, and this comes from another YANKEES FAN, and ECU fan. DS1, the great majority of these fans in ENC pull for the PANTHERS, COWBOYS, or REDSKINS. Dave, there's nothing ideal about Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh is the armpit of the Eastern U.S. That place is a joke, just like Cleveland and Detroit. Pennsylvania is the armpit of the north.
  • by Steeler Fan on Jan 31, 2011 at 04:32 PM
    Sorry CJ but ther will be NO SUPER FOR YOU!
  • by RHT Location: BC on Jan 30, 2011 at 10:14 AM
    Good luck CJ. We're pulling for you.
  • by THE COMMISH Location: NFL HEADQUARTERS on Jan 28, 2011 at 07:38 AM
    Enjoy the Super Bowl. It will be the last live NFL game you will see for awhile. The lockout is coming. Thank goodness for the NFL Network. We'll let you watch re-runs. Maybe we'll be back in 2012.
  • by DS1 on Jan 27, 2011 at 07:47 PM
    I had the same problem Me; the only diffence is that I paid the ECU grad for the Wings Over Greenville.
  • by Devil-pirate Location: NC on Jan 27, 2011 at 01:07 PM
    Anonymous 1/26: I have never seen any ECU merchandise in Dollar General only UNC junk. Get the picture...need I say more?
  • by Me on Jan 27, 2011 at 11:06 AM
    I had an ECU graduate on my porch one day who wouldn't get off. Therefore, I finally caved in and bought the vacuum cleaner.
  • by Paul on Jan 27, 2011 at 09:37 AM
    99¢ Only Store Kerliner Tarheelz fans are the absolute worstest (purposefully said as such so our under-educated UNC-CHeat fan breathren would understand the statement).
  • by Anonymous on Jan 26, 2011 at 08:26 PM
    Dollar General ECU fans are worse.
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