Gibril Donald Wilson
CEO, Masada Waste Management Company S.L. Ltd.
Gibril Donald Wilson (born November 12, 1981) is a retired American football safety; who was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone. At age five (5) he moved to the U.S.A. to attend school as he had plans of becoming a lawyer. But upon discovering his skillful talent in the game of football he abandoned his initial plans of becoming a lawyer and pursued being a professional footballer.
He began his football career at Oak Grove High School in California where he was named the Central Coast Section defensive player of the year. Despite this accomplishment, Gibril was not recruited for an NCAA scholarship. Gibril decided that he wanted to continue playing football and came to play for Coach Rush at City College in San Francisco and two years later was the top recruited junior college safety, choosing Tennessee over USC, Oregon and Florida. While at UT, he continued to excel and show promise to become an NFL player.
He was drafted by the New York Giants in the fifth round of the 2004 NFL Draft, with whom he later won Super Bowl XLII, knocking down Tom Brady's last desperation Hail Mary pass to Randy Moss. In his four years with the team, he started 51 of 52 games, recording 360 tackles, six sacks, and 11 interceptions.
In 2008, Wilson signed a six-year, $39 million contract with the Oakland Raiders, making him one of the highest paid safeties in NFL history. Wilson was released by the Raiders after one season with the team on February 20, 2009. He finished the season with 129 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and two interceptions.
Wilson later agreed to a five-year contract with the Miami Dolphins on February 26, 2009. The contract was worth $27.5 million with $8 million guaranteed. Wilson was released on March 5, 2010. Wilson then signed with the Cincinnati Bengals on May 6, 2010. During a preseason game with the Philadelphia Eagles, he injured the ACL and MCL in his left knee. Following surgery he sat out the 2010 season.
Following the call by H.E. the President of Sierra Leone, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma for Sierra Leonean diasporas to come home and invest and help develop the country, Gibril Wilson, moved by the sound of patriotism, found interest in doing business in Sierra Leone. He formed Masada Waste Management Company SL. Ltd. and in December 2013, he signed a Twenty-year waste management contract with the Government of Sierra Leone. The contract includes collection, disposal, and conversion of waste generated in Freetown, capital city of Sierra Leone. As the CEO of Masada Waste Management Co. SL. Ltd., he is now in Sierra Leone to lead the transformation process in the business of waste management.
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Date of birth: November 12, 1981 (age 40)
Place of birth: Freetown, Sierra Leone
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 206 lb (93 kg)
High school: San Jose (CA) Oak Grove
NFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 5 / Pick: 136
Debuted in 2004 for the New York Giants
Last played in 2011 for the Cincinnati Bengals
New York Giants (2004–2007)
Oakland Raiders (2008)
Miami Dolphins (2009)
Cincinnati Bengals (2010–2011)
Career highlights and awards
Second-team All-SEC (2003)
Super Bowl champion (XLII)
Signing a 20 year waste management deal with Government of Sierra Leone