Celebrated McKeesport High School athlete and former native, Juandell Wilson was inducted into the Yankton College Hall of Fame in South Dakota this summer.
The 1968 graduate in his youth played offense and defense for the McKeesport Little Tigers in 1963 and his junior and senior years with the McKeesport Tigers before he attended Yankton College where he played as running back and defensive cornerback for four years for their Greyhound football team.
In 1970 the Yankton Greyhounds were voted Midwestern Team of the year in overall sports and Wilson played in one of the few bowl games the College had ever been invited to. Wilson was also selected three years consecutively as the MVP of the team and was voted as the most valuable freshman in his first year. In his junior year he was ranked 4th in the nation (NAIA) in punt returns.
An all-around athlete, Wilson while attending Yankton also lettered in track and field for three seasons competing in such events as the long jump, triple jump, 4 x100 relay and the 880 or half mile relay.
Participating in pro and semi-pro football, in 1973 he signed as a National Football League free agent with the Atlanta Falcons, was injured and as a result was released. He signed a one-year contract with the New York Stars of the World Football League where he started nine games at defensive cornerback. The next year he signed with the Chicago Wind and was released prior to the season opener.
Wilson, the youngest of three brothers comes from a talented athletic family. His oldest brother, Hinton was a professional boxer that was the sparring partner of Light Heavy Weight World Champion Bob Foster. Hinton’s twin, Edgar was a weight lifter and bodybuilder. The middle brother Charles (deceased) was an All State High School Pennsylvania football player that received an athletic scholarship to Boise Idaho State University and later graduated from the University of Pittsburgh as a registered nurse. Their family by any standard would be considered as patriotic. His father, three brothers and he all served in the armed forces and survived two major wars, the Korean War and Vietnam War.
When asked who his role models are he credits his mother. “She raised me and my three brothers as a single parent leaning not on her own understanding but in all ways acknowledging God first. She instilled moral values in us and raised us with respect and honor and stressed the importance of education,” he pointed out.
Wilson holds a degree in Business Administration, Marketing and has dedicated 37 years as a Human Resources Professional. He has retired from the corporate world of Aerospace and International Airports and currently operates an independent consulting company that specializes in soft skills for Human Resources.
Wilson is well traveled, corporately experienced and has lived the international life. A family man, he and his wife and daughter have made their home in the Atlanta area for the last 26 years.
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