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Former UH football assistant John Wilbur dies

The former NFL player was also an agent for local players

By Dave Reardon

LAST UPDATED: 01:10 p.m. HST, Dec 11, 2013

John Wilbur, a former NFL player, University of Hawaii assistant football coach and professional player agent, died late Monday at age 70 after a lengthy illness.

Wilbur was a Diamond Head area resident who counted Hunter S. Thompson and the Kennedy family among his friends and former UH football players Rich Miano and Jesse Sapolu as his clients.

The Stanford graduate with an MBA from UCLA was known for his intelligence and ferocity as an offensive lineman for the Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Rams and Washington Redskins. He started in the 1973 Super Bowl for the Redskins, and ended his playing career with The Hawaiians of the World Football League in 1975. He was also active as a union player rep.

After a 10-year pro football career the San Diego native settled in Hawaii and was a longtime player and coach in the Hawaii rugby community.

Wilbur coached special teams for UH under Dick Tomey in the 1980s, when the Rainbows were known for excellence in the kicking game, especially at blocking kicks.

He is survived by daughters Dione and Lindsea, son Nathan and four grandchildren. Services are pending.

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HAJAA1 wrote:
RIP John
on December 10,2013 | 05:44PM
Ldub20_Owl316 wrote:
RIP Coach Wilbur
on December 10,2013 | 09:42PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
An identical twin to Merlin Olsen, who also played line in the NFL. I went through three deaths in the immediate family: 1991, 1996, and 2013, the 2013 being my mom. I appreciate the gesture of condolences: please rest in peace John.
on December 11,2013 | 12:59AM
false wrote:
Aloha, man
on December 11,2013 | 11:14AM
mikefitz wrote:
John was a such great guy! We had so much fun together in Hawaii. And he really helped me out as a close friend during some difficult times. My prayers and condolences to his family and many, many friends. Aloha and RIP John Wilbur.
on February 18,2014 | 09:56AM
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