On Wednesday, Furman University announced that former South Carolina standout Rod Wilson has been hired to coach linebackers.
“I’m truly honored and blessed to have this great opportunity to join coach (Clay) Hendrix and the Paladin Family,” Wilson said. “Growing up in the Low Country of South Carolina and being a true sports fan of the state, I always kept my eye on Furman.
“From its academics to the great tradition on the field, Furman is an outstanding place, and I’m looking forward to a new challenge and the opportunity to work with a great group of young men.”
After closing out his career with the Gamecocks, Wilson went on to the NFL, where he spent six seasons with the Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jacksonville Jaguars.
— Rod Wilson (@RodWilson58) January 18, 2017
Wilson, who was recruited to play quarterback at South Carolina, played several different positions for the Gamecocks, including quarterback, wide receiver, safety and linebacker.
In the NFL, where he was a seventh-round draft pick by the Bears, Wilson played linebacker.
The Cross native was named South Carolina 1-A Offensive Player of the Year when he was a senior. He was also a Shrine Bowl captain and a finalist for the state’s Mr. Football award.