Chiefs Hall of Honor

AFL

Jarrel Wilson

Jarrel Wilson

PUNTER

Born: October 4, 1941 (New Orleans, LA)

College: Southern Mississippi

Drafted: By Texans, 1963 / 11th Rd (88th overall)

Career Highlights:

  • All-Time AFL team
  • All-AFL/AFC, 1966, 1968, 1971-72, 1974
  • All-Pro, 1971-75
  • AFC-NFC Pro Bowl, 1970-72
  • Most Chiefs seasons, 15
  • Chiefs Hall of Fame Inductee, 1988

Known as “Thunderfoot” to fans and “Duck” to his teammates, Jerrel Wilson became one of the great punters in football history, earning a spot on the All- Time American Football League Team and introducing the concept of “hang time” into football parlance. The 6-foot-2, 222-pound Wilson was a versatile athlete, and he played on the kickoff coverage units and as a backup running back during his career. But it was his majestic punting that proved to be a devastating weapon for the Chiefs. Wilson led the AFL or NFL in punting five different times, averaging more than 44 yards per punt seven different seasons. In 1965, he led all of pro football with a 45.5 yards per kick average. Teaming up with kicker Jan Stenerud, Wilson gave the Chiefs the best pair of specialists in pro football in the late ’60s and early ’70s. “Jerrel Wilson made other people aware of how important the kicking game was at a time when special teams were not given special consideration,” said Hank Stram, “I’m prejudiced, but he’s the best punter I ever saw.”

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