By Kyle Serba, Senior Associate Athletics Director for Strategic Communications
The NCCU Athletics family mourns the loss of former NCCU and NFL standout Doug Wilkerson, who passed away at the age of 73.
Wilkerson is NCCU’s highest overall NFL draft pick, as the Fayetteville, N.C., native was selected with the 14th pick in the first round of the 1970 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers.
After spending his rookie season in Houston, Wilkerson was traded to the San Diego Chargers, where he started on the offensive line in 195 games during the next 14 seasons.
Wilkerson appeared in three consecutive Pro Bowls from 1981-83, and was voted to the All-NFL First Team in 1982.
He was inducted into the NCCU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1984, the San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame in 2000, the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 2002, and the Black College Football Hall of Fame in 2014.
During his career at NCCU (1965, 1967-69), Wilkerson was a three-time all-conference (CIAA) honoree and received first-team all-America citations from the NAIA, the American Football Coaches Association, and the Pittsburgh Courier for his play as both an offensive and defensive lineman.