Wade Wilson, who as quarterback led the Minnesota Vikings to an N.F.C. championship game, and who went on to coach that position with the Dallas Cowboys for more than a decade, died on Friday, his 60th birthday, at his home in Coppell, Tex., a suburb of Dallas.
The police said a 911 call was made from Wilson’s home, with the caller saying that Wilson was unresponsive and that CPR was in progress. Emergency personnel determined on arrival that he was dead. The police said there was no indication of foul play.
Wilson played for five N.F.L. teams from 1981 to 1998, mostly with the Vikings. He played 10 seasons with Minnesota and led the team to the N.F.C. title game in the 1987 season. The Vikings lost, 17-10, to the Washington Redskins, who went on to win the Super Bowl. Minnesota made the playoffs the next two seasons as well.
He also played for the Atlanta Falcons (1992), New Orleans Saints (1993-94), Cowboys (1995-97) and Oakland Raiders (1998). He was Troy Aikman’s backup when the Cowboys won their last Super Bowl title, in the 1995 season. Aikman’s final season was Wilson’s first as quarterback coach.
Wilson began his coaching career with the Cowboys in 2000. He left in 2002, coached for the Chicago Bears from 2004 to 2006, and returned to Dallas as quarterback coach in 2007. That was also the first full season as the starting quarterback for Tony Romo, who ultimately became the franchise’s career leader in yards passing and touchdown passes.
The Cowboys did not renew Wilson’s contract after the 2017 season.
A native of Greenville, Tex., Wilson was an eighth-round draft pick by the Vikings in 1981 out of East Texas State (now Texas A&M-Commerce) and made 48 of his 69 career starts for them. He threw for 17,283 yards in his career.
Wilson’s best season statistically was 1988, when he led the N.F.L. with a completion percentage of 61.4 percent and threw for 15 touchdowns.