James Wilder

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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  • Selected to the 1984 Pro Bowl.
  • 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).
  • In the 1978 Nebraska¬†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.”