Former Vikings WR retiring from the NFL after 8 years in the league

Albert Wilson
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Very few individuals have the opportunity to play in the NFL. For former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Albert Wilson, he got to spend eight years in the league and play with some of the best players in the world.

Wilson was an undrafted free agent following the 2014 NFL Draft. The Georgia State wide receiver was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs and spent four years there before shifting to the Miami Dolphins in 2018.

He was only with the Vikings for three months from July to August in 2022. Following his release, he joined the Raiders' practice squad. Wilson did not see regular-season action with Minnesota or Las Vegas.

Former Vikings WR retiring from the NFL after 8 years in the league

Albert Wilson gained attention in the league for accumulating 1,544 receiving yards on 124 catches and grabbing seven touchdowns in four years with Kansas City. He was solid for the Dolphins as well, catching 94 passes for 955 yards and five touchdowns in three seasons.

Wilson's retirement from football came on May 10, 2024, but he maintains his Albert Wilson Foundation to stress that "every child deserves a home" and "every child deserves a chance" and hosted a Life Skills & Leadership Day to help youth prepare for the future.

In his retirement post on Instagram, Wilson thanks the Vikings for giving him and his family an experience they will never forget. He also thanked all his teammates and coaches throughout the years and mentioned the "unforgettable bonds and everlasting friendships" he made during his NFL career.

Although Albert Wilson had a solid NFL career, he holds numerous records from his time at Georgia State. Those records include longest punt return, longest pass play, and most touchdown receptions in Panthers' history.

It can be extremely tough for an undrafted free agent to have a respectable NFL career. The five-foot-nine Albert Wilson found a way to contribute to his teams and even take part in four playoff games with Kansas City.

We at The Viking Age would like to thank Albert Wilson for his time with the Minnesota Vikings, congratulate him on his NFL career, and wish him the best of luck in all his future endeavors, especially those involving his social work including the Albert Wilson Foundation. Hopefully, the former wide receiver can enjoy his retirement and turn his focus to family and helping the community.