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Former Alabama A&M kicker Chance Wilson dies at 25

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Teammates celebrate Chance Wilson (9) game-winning kick by carrying him off field in senior-year finale (Bob Gathany/bgathany@al.com)

Mark McCarter By Mark McCarter
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on March 31, 2015 at 9:59 AM, updated March 31, 2015 at 2:52 PM

On Nov. 3, 2012, Chance Wilson was carried from the football field on the shoulders of his Alabama A&M teammates in jubilation.

He had always dreamed of kicking the game-winning field goal, but the point-after in an overtime period to beat Southern was just as sweet — and a sweet bit of prognostication.

“I said I was going to make the game-winning kick on Senior Day,” Wilson told The Huntsville Times/AL.com after the heroics, a bit sheepishly. “But that was just talking.”

On Wednesday morning, those teammates will say a mournful goodbye.

Wilson, 25, a former athlete at Buckhorn High who became a steady kicker for A&M, was found dead early Saturday morning outside his office at Empire Bail Bonds.

According to our news partner WHNT Channel 19, his family attempted to revive him.

“Basically it could be 6 months before we know definitively on something,” his uncle, Steve Lacy, told WNHT. “But yeah, looks like his heart just stopped and he was out at his business just doing the evening’s work and went to his car. Unfortunately his dad found him, which is so tough for a dad.”

Wilson was placekicker and punter for Alabama A&M from 2010-12 and named All-Southwestern Athletic Conference in 2011. His 49-yard field goal against Jackson State in 2011 is the school record.

“We are saddened at the passing of Chance Wilson,” Director of Athletics Bryan Hicks said in a statement. “An alumnus and former football student-athlete at Alabama A&M University, Chance excelled in the classroom and on the field of competition.

“It is tragic to lose someone so young with their future still ahead of them. We extend our condolences to Chance’s family and ask that everyone keep them in their thoughts and prayers.”

Visitation for friends and family of Chance Wilson will take place Tuesday March 31 at Willowbrook Baptist Church on Bailey Cove Road from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The funeral will take place Wednesday at the same location at 11 a.m.

For visitation, the attire is casual and visitors are asked to wear something in remembrance of Chance, as in Alabama A&M attire, UAB, Buckhorn or Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.

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