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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