Rufus L. Wilson is a native of Avon Park, Florida and graduated from Avon Park High School in 1978, as an All-American football player. Wilson accepted a full athletic scholarship to attend Bethune-Cookman College where heserved as captain and a star running back for the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats. He later graduated from Bethune-Cookman with a degree in Physical Education in 1983, afterwards signing a free agent contract with the Houston Oilers of the National Football League (NFL) now known as the Tennessee Titans. Rufus Wilson also played for the Pittsburgh Maulers of USFL.
In the years since graduating from Bethune-Cookman, Rufus Wilson has passionately supported, promoted, and financially contributed to Bethune-Cookman (College) University in its academic, athletic, and fund-raising endeavors as a Trustee of the university he once attended. He has also served as a coach, mentor, foster parent, and motivational speaker. Wilson is the Co-Chair of the BCU National Alumni Association and is an active visionary member of the Volusia County Alumni Association.
He is continuing a 25-year career in the United States Postal Service and has ventured into other endeavors to give back to his school and community. Rufus L. Wilson, Sr. is the Founder and CEO of The Wanda and Janice Wilson Foundation. The Foundation was founded in honor of his late mother, who championed the cause of providing opportunities for young people. In 2014, his wife Janice Marie Wilson, of over three decades passed away and the Foundation was molded to fit the vision of these two exceptional women. The Legacy which was started with these two trailblazing Wilson women, now continues and evolves with the Rufus as the torchbearer, leading the Wilson family, and their commitment to champion the Legacy.