In the history of Washington football, there are only three men who have had their jersey number retired. One of those men is George Wilson, better known as “Wildcat,” who is one of the first true superstars in the history of Huskies football.
Wilson was one of those 60-minute players, which were guys that never came off the field. Unless you were injured, you were out there. In Wilson, Washington had a guy who could downright dominate on both sides of the ball. He did it all for the Huskies, passing, rushing and even punting.
In addition, Wilson was a crazed linebacker for Washington, a guy who helped spearhead a defense that had 18 shutouts in the 34 games he played for the university. A Rose Bowl Hall of Famer, Wilson was a big reason his Huskies teams won 28 games over a three-year period and went to the Rose Bowl twice.
A consensus All-American back in 1925, where he shared the backfield with Red Grange, Wilson is a guy who many feel is the best player in the history of the program. His No. 33 was retired by the school. While he struggled with life after football, he will forever be known for his exploits on the football field as a member of the Huskies football program.