Tom Wilkinson (Canadian football)

Tom Wilkinson (Canadian Football)

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Tom Wilkinson (Canadian football)

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Tom Wilkinson was a football quarterback for several teams in the Canadian Football League.

He was born in Iowa on January 4, 1943 but moved to Wyoming with his parents in 1945. Tom Wilkinson played high school football in the small town of Greybull, Wyoming. He is the second of three professional football players to come from this little town of 1700 in the Big Horn Basin. The others were Jim Crawford who played for the Boston Patriots of the American Football League and Brett Keisel who plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was scouted as both a football and baseball player out of high school.

Football career

Wilkinson attended the University of Wyoming on a football scholarship. After he graduated there, he was signed as a quarterback by the Toronto Rifles of the Continental Football League. He played a total of 16 games for the Rifles in 1966 and 1967, throwing the ball 287 times for 141 completions with 1952 yards, 11 interceptions and 18 touchdowns. It was during 1967 he moved to the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League as a backup quarterback in 1967. He was the team's leading quarterback in 1969 throwing for 2041 yards. In 1970 Wilkinson made way for Don Jonas to lead the Argos, but still got enough playing time to throw for 1272 yards. Traded to the BC Lions in 1971, he played there for a year before being released prior to the 1972 CFL season. He was picked up by the Edmonton Eskimos and played well enough in the remaining pre-season games to make...
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