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Former NFL player Stanley Wilson Jr. has died after reportedly collapsing ‘at a mental hospital’ earlier this month. According to TMZ, the 40-year-old – who played as a cornerback for the Detroit Lions between 2005 and 2007 – collapsed and died during intake at Metropolitan State Hospital in Los Angeles.
According to sources cited by TMZ, the death is believed to not be linked to ‘foul play’. Autopsy results, which may help determine the cause of the sudden collapse, are pending toxicology.
Last year, Wilson was charged with two felony counts of vandalism and one count of second-degree burglary after he allegedly broke into a Hollywood Hills mansion on two separate occasions. The second time saw Wilson rtake a bath in an outdoor fountain after moving and damaging items in the home on August 24.
His alleged outdoor bath reportedly caused $5,000 in damages. Wilson was arrested on both occasions and – after a stint behind bars – was ruled unfit to stand trial and as such was moved to the mental facility on February 1.
Wilson was selected in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Lions, playing just three seasons. His career suffered an abrupt end after he suffered an Achilles tear in 2008 against the New England Patriots in a pre-season contest.
Throughout his career, Wilson played 32 games with nine starts. He recorded one forced fumble from 89 tackles – 64 of which were solo.
He was the son of ex-Cincinnati Bengals running back Stanley Wilson Sr., who played for the Ohio franchise in 1983-84, 1986 and 1988.
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Wilson played college football at Stanford University. He redshirted his true freshman season before playing for the Cardinals for four years between 2001 and 2004.
Wilson became a regular starter as a sophomore in 2002, with 32 tackles (27 solo) and two interceptions. In 2003, Wilson had 27 tackles, six passes defended, and one interception.
As a senior in 2004, Wilson recorded career highs in tackles (54 – 41 solo and 2.5 for loss) as well as passes defended (5), and an interception returned for 51 yards. His fine play saw Wilson awarded an honourable mention in All-Pac 10 honours.
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