James Wilder
James Wilder

Event:
Football

Hall of Fame Class:
1994



One of the greatest running backs in Missouri history, who went on to a distinguished professional career in the NFL. In three years at MU, Wilder set the school rushing record with 2,357 yards (broken in 1987). But it's the 1978 Nebraska game for which he is probably best remembered. In that game, he carried 28 times for 181 yards and four touchdowns including the game-winner in a 35-31 MU victory. He led Missouri in rushing three times, and holds or shares four school records. Was the MVP of the 1978 Liberty Bowl game that Missouri won over LSU. Was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and became the Bucs all-time leading rusher, and also a Pro Bowl selection, during nine seasons there. Wrapped up his pro career playing with the Washington Redskins and Detroit Lions. A native of Sikeston, Mo., hence his nickname - "The Sikeston Train."

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