Otis Wilson was born in Brooklyn, NY and became the #1 draft choice for the Chicago Bears in 1980 after graduating from the University of Louisville. Wilson’s career with the Bears spanned from 1980-1988. During that time he appeared in the Pro-Bowl twice, once in the ‘83-‘84 season, and again in the season ‘85-‘86. As a starting linebacker, Wilson was part of the top-ranked and most feared defensive team, which held 11 of 16 opponents to 10 points or less. This solid defense was instrumental in the 1985 Super Bowl Championship of the Chicago Bears. After a successful career with the Bears for 8 years, Wilson left and played with the L.A. Raiders in 1989. He stayed with L.A. for only 1 year and retired after the 1989 season. After his career he was named to the All-Madden Century Team. Today, Wilson uses his notoriety to help children in disadvantaged neighborhoods.
The Otis Wilson Charitable Association was created in part, to expose children to opportunities otherwise not available to them and proudly sponsors: a youth mentoring program, The Otis Wilson Athletic Sports Camp, The Better Chance Youth Summer Golf Camp, The Today’s Kidz Fitness & Health Expo and The Otis Wilson Celebrity Golf Classic. The association has reached over 10,000 kids in the Chicagoland area. Wilson has also donated his time to public service and helped raise awareness and thousands of dollars for various charities.