Larry Wilson

  • Died: September 17, 2020
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Larry Wilson

Legendary Hall of Fame safety for the St. Louis Cardinals

Larry Wilson was a legendary safety for the St. Louis Cardinals who was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. For full obituary and coverage from, click here.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Larry was a consistent member of Valley Presbyterian Church for the 10 years I was the pastor - 2004 to 2014. He was active in a mens Bible study. Always thoughtful and kind. I am sorry to lose him but am grateful to have known a good and good spirited man. Rev Dr. Woody Garvin - pastor

Posted by Woody Garvin - Spokane, WA - friend   November 19, 2020

After seeing Mr Wilson play my Birthday present from My Parents on Sunday November 2nd vs my Phila Eagles and see his electrifying interception with 2 Broken Wrists preventing a Touchdown too Great Timmy Brown n going 91 yards as he landed on 1 Arm n kept his Balance! Meeting him in person was an Honor Mr Wilson displayed courage and was very accommodating n displated Class n laughed when I brought the play up too him about 41 years later Some of my Fondest Memories He was a Great Leader by Example n Dedication to his Craft

Posted by Larry Goldstein - Phila - acquaintance   November 11, 2020

My favorite player growing up, my father coached him in Rigby,Idaho. Cless Olney.

Posted by Mike Olney - Pocatello, ID   November 08, 2020

Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your loved one Larry, may God give you strength and comfort during this difficult time. (Psalms 46 :1)

Posted by - neighbor   October 31, 2020

Played against him in high school. A great guy and a great player, in that order. Peace Larry. Neil McSpadden.

Posted by Jo McSpadden - Boulder CITY, NV   October 25, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My Grandfather, Tom Roberts, was Larry's high school football coach. Larry was also a close family friend to our family. I was fortunate enough to meet Larry in Rigby when he was honored at the Hometown Hall of Fame at Rigby High School. Grandpa, age 98 and I were able to attend and share this moment with him. Even though I had never met Larry before, his warmth and kindness was as if we were old friends. My Grandpa and Dad have always had such amazing and heart warming stories of Larry and I feel very blessed, that if even for only a moment, I was able to meet him.

Posted by Peggi Roberts - DAgostino - Rigby, ID - friend   October 23, 2020

My condolences to the Wilson family. I grew up in St. Louis and was lucky enough to have a family with season tickets so I saw many of the Big Red's games. Few would dispute that Larry was the greatest player the Cardinals ever had, I certainly felt that way. And beyond that and more importantly, he was a gentleman too.

Posted by Rick Bidgood - East Sandwich, MA   October 19, 2020

Wilson family,
Sorry for the loss of Larry a good football player and a better man.A class act, great role model for sports more athlethes should model their life after.God speed Larry

Posted by Frank Gallucci - Cranston, RI - acquaintance   October 19, 2020

I just heard about this and it breaks my heart. I knew Larry and his family in St. Louis My parents AL and Lorene Tidlund and I loved them very very much. When I played little league in Kirkwood I wore number 8 because of him. My heart goes out to his family. All my love.
Rusty Tidlund

Posted by Russ Tidlund - SPRINGFIELD, MO - friend   October 19, 2020

I was in the Rigby high school a year a head of Larry. We sat next to each other in band, each playing a similar instrument ( a cornet). I watched his athletic career and he was truly an outstanding athlete in all sports. I recall attending a track meet I believe in Rexburg where they invited all the high jumping students in the meet to compete with one another. When they had all finished, they raised the bar several inches and invited Larry to take his turn. As you can imagine, he cleared the bar at several levels and was the district winner of the high jump.

I recall competing against him in a softball game. I was the pitcher and was able to strike him out. I have always treasured that memory. He was certainly an honor to Rigby and I appreciate my association with him.


Dallas E. Murdoch DDS, class of 1955.

Posted by A friend   October 07, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are extended to the Wilson family on the this sad occasion of Larry Wilson's passing. Larry was my football idol and remains today my all-time favorite Cardinal. I had the pleasure of meeting him back in 1971 after a game in Buffalo. It was a personal highlight and treasured memory. In my opinion he was the best free safety in the history of the NFL. Watching clips of his career on social media over the past week has brought back many wonderful memories of a great player. All of the awards and accolades he earned over his career with the Cardinals were truly earned and deserved.

Posted by Al Stewart - Acquaintance   September 30, 2020


Posted by Charles Kavalec - Sydney Australia   September 29, 2020

I am so sorry about the loss of Larry. A Hall of Fame football legacy indeed! The Wilson family has my deepest condolences. I pray that you will be surrounded continuously with love and support. And, as you go through this difficult time, may Almighty God give you everlasting comfort (2 Thess. 2:16).

Posted by Jenee    September 29, 2020

My condolences go out to the family of Larry Wilson. He will be missed by family and fans.

Posted by Taylor    September 29, 2020

My deepest condolences to the family, NFL, and friends of Larry Wilson.
At this very difficult time, may the God of tender mercies comfort you and may your memories brighten your days.

Posted by Mary - Neighbor   September 28, 2020

God is a God of all Comfort and he will Comfort the family's...My heartfelt condolences to the family's...

Posted by A friend   September 27, 2020

My condolences to the family. Maycthe God of Comfort, continue to comfortcthe family, during this difficult times.

Posted by A friend   September 26, 2020

Tough, Bold, & Fearless As They Come. Enjoyed Watching Him Play.

Posted by Arlester Benton    September 26, 2020

The man who inspired me to the "secondary." I'll never forget seeing a picture of #8 with both hands totally in casts but still making tackles. An amazing,and somewhat underrated, athlete.

Posted by Jay Fidanza    September 26, 2020

The BEST NFL DB of All-Time ! RIP Sir.

Posted by Joe McGee    September 26, 2020

Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. May God comfort you and give you peace during this time of sorrow.

Posted by T T - neighbor   September 25, 2020

Please accept my condolences for your loss. May God comfort you and give you peace during this most difficult time.

Posted by T T - neighbor   September 25, 2020


Godspeed Larry, and thank you for sharing a part of your life with us, and the wonderful NFL football memories of my youth. Unforgettable.

Posted by Harry Simpson - Buckeye, AZ   September 25, 2020

My condolences.

Posted by A friend   September 25, 2020

I remember the games on tv with his aggressiveness and command of the field. Larry is still my idol for how liuve both your professional and private life.

Posted by John White - Fort Myers, FL - acquaintance   September 25, 2020

Simply put he was number 8 and he was GREAT. My condolences to his entire family from Jimmy Pearl of Bayonne, New Jersey.

Posted by James F. Pearl - Friend   September 25, 2020

My condolences to the Wilson family. Larry you were as tough as they come, I remember when you played against the SF 49ers as you always gave us a game.

RIP in Heaven

Posted by Chuck G    September 25, 2020

Condolences to the Larry Wilson family...will miss seeing him during my golf round at Orange Tree GC.

Posted by Dave Wells    September 25, 2020

I met Mr Wilson when I was 9 at a JFL Football Banquet in 1969. At the prime of his career, he was very humble and we were intimidated by his presence. A great warrior for the Big Red and a gentleman. RIP.

Posted by Bob Bunton - St. Louis, MO   September 24, 2020

So very sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. May almighty God in the Heavens take care of the Family during this time of great sorrow. May He comfort your hearts with his endless peace and his loving kindness as you cope with missing Larry in your lives as left a legacy behind especially in the Baseball League and will be missed.

Posted by BRY    September 24, 2020

grew up admiring mr. wilson, very hard hitter. toughest man i ever saw, played the game the way it was intended to be played. sorry day for us old time sports lovers rest in piece mr. wilson.

Posted by len szarkowski - goshen, MA - friend   September 24, 2020

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. Please accept my sincere condolences.

Posted by JE Sowell    September 24, 2020


Without a doubt the Greatest d b ever ! Although i was not a Cardinals fan , i liked watching him play ! R.I.P. Larry

Posted by A friend   September 24, 2020

Excellent all-around safety, and his blitzing abilities changed the game. And in an era of amazingly tough players, none were tougher/had more fortitude.

It was a joy to watch you play, Larry.

Posted by - SF Bay Area, CA   September 24, 2020

My condolences to the family. I can appreciate his football career and his achievements. May the God of comfort continue to comfort the family, during these difficult times.

Posted by A friend   September 24, 2020

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Larry Wilson