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A Beacon Of Hope In San Diego: The Kion Wilson Story

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, May 3, 2010.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006

    BLeacher Report

    Lights on? Lights out? It's been a strobe light in San Diego. Will Shawne Merriman return to form? Will he be traded? Will Donald Butler fill his shoes? One thing is for certain, in the mouth of the question asking Charger fans, he's our last loose tooth.

    With Tim Dobbins traded to the Miami Dolphins for an upgrade in the first round, Trading Merriman would become problematic right now for the Chargers, we would be light at the linebacker position. Something I didn't think I would hear myself say this year.

    But before we go scouting around to look for a linebacker, assuming Merriman doesn't sign his contract, we have a pretty big fish that landed in our own free agent pool that just may shock a few people.

    Introducing : Kion Wilson

    6'2 240 pounds of lightning fast muscle put him on the consideration table for any Linebacker scout, but I can guarantee you wont see anybody with a story quite like his. He has crawled out through a cess pool of life that not many people could imagine.

    Father murdered at age three, his brother Kellen, murdered, and in the wake of his funeral, his other brother was Darius murdered. Gang-banger right? Wrong! Try security guard shot in the line of duty! With his mother raising him on her own working two jobs, Wilson was left with pretty much no guidance, when he needed it most.

    Reaching out to anyone who would notice him , Wilson joined a local Miami street gang called the "191 boys". After a quick unsuccessful stint as a petty criminal, Wilson (13) was ordered to Bay point correctional institution for 9 months. It was there that Wilson joined the gang that probably saved, or at least changed his life.
    A football team.

    In football, Wilson found where he needed to be in life. He embraced football, and turned his back on not only gangs, but Miami entirely. His mom moved him to Jacksonville, and his football playing gave him a new lease on life.

    Although Wilson had a great high school football career playing numerous positions,and being heavily recruited, his grades prevented him from scholarships at any big schools. Wilson attended Pearl community college and got his grades up.

    He recorded 215 tackles, and was a defensive giant that received attention and eligibility to all Florida colleges. Miami tried hard to recruit him, but Wilson refused to go back to avoid the influence he fought hard to get away from.

    Instead he joined the far less prestigious South Florida Bulls where his dominant performance continued, albeit to a much smaller spotlight;
    The stats speak for themselves:

    Last season Wilson led the Bulls with
    105 tackles
    18 tackles for loss
    7 sacks
    2 interceptions
    2 forced fumbles

    To any fan with football knowledge, that means in twelve games to accomplish this, the guy has to play like the "Tazmanian devil" regardless of the level.

    But what cant be measured is heart, and Wilson swam through the lowest depths of tragedy and surfaced on the shores of San Diego. If AJ Smith is looking for quality people to fill the uniforms, he cant do too much better than this.

    Its been a long hard journey for Kion Wilson, with football being his only beacon of hope. I sure hope the light doesn,t go out on him in the Chargers training camp!!
  2. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

    Aug 14, 2006
    It sounds like he fell because of his past and concern about his character.

    If this kid has got his life straitened out we may have cherry picked yet extremely talented player via UDFA.
  3. Retired Catholic

    Retired Catholic BoltTalker

    Aug 3, 2006
    Based on what he had to overcome, the decisions he made along the way, this guys was no character risk. This guy will be fun to follow in TC. Along with Matthew's teammate with the weird name-that receiver dude.
  4. Buck Melanoma

    Buck Melanoma Guest

    Great story & I wish him success.

    Just one question - why would inside linebacker Donald Butler possibly be filling outside linebacker Shawne Merriman's shoes? :icon_huh:

    One reason I don't read Bleacher Report. :no:

    JUGGERNAUT BoltTalker

    Sep 30, 2007
    all linebackers are the same!!! Derr!

    I do not get it either.
  6. loweezy

    loweezy BoltTalker

    Nov 26, 2006
    How does Merriman have anything to do with Wilson or Butler, who both figure to be MLB's?

    Otherwise a great story.
  7. MasterOfPuppets

    MasterOfPuppets Charger fan since 1979

    Aug 8, 2006
    same number of sacks as jean pierre something or other?
  8. Centella Cajon

    Centella Cajon BoltTalker

    Jul 25, 2007
    Good call, Bleacher Report is crap, top to bottom.


    Oct 4, 2009
    Well said!!!

    What will we do if he makes the team? K. Wilson on the back of jersey won't even work because we will have 2 K wilsons.
  10. WonderSlug

    WonderSlug Well-Known Member

    Sep 1, 2005
    It may work though, because both won't be on the field at the same time.

    Except maybe on ST.

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