Lisa Wilson. Two years ago, that is not a name that many football fans probably knew.
Zach’s mother Lisa was in attendance with him the night he got drafted. Fans took notice of her appearance and suddenly, Zach Wilson’s mom was one of the most famous family members of a current NFL player out there.
Moving from Utah to New York City, the Wilsons were in for a culture shock. In the bright lights and the big city, a little story can turn into a snowball very quickly.
Lisa Wilson is no exception, with the last two years providing fans with very juicy gossip about the family dynamics and who they interact with.
So, who is Lisa Wilson? Why should we care about her? Here is everything that you need to know about the mother of New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson.
Lisa Wilson’s Background Info
Before we get to recent stories involving the Zach Wilson’s mom, let’s find out more about Lisa’s background.
To many fans’ surprise, this woman is 49 years old. Fans could hardly believe it after seeing her with Zach in the 2021 NFL Draft. But yet, she was born way back on August 8, 1973.
She is a native of Salt Lake City, Utah, and has lived in Utah for most of her life. Lisa went to Hillcrest High School and then attended the University of Utah to get her Bachelor’s Degree.
As far as her career goes, she is involved in two main professions. She works as a professional chef and a personal trainer. Because of her rise to fame mothering Zach Wilson, she is also dabbling in a social media influencer career.
Lisa’s maiden name is Neeleman and she grew up in a big family. She is one of six siblings in her nuclear family.
However, she changed her last name to Wilson when she got married to Michael Wilson in 1997. They had six kids of their own, one of which grew up to be a professional quarterback for the New York Jets.
Zach Wilson’s Mom Gains Early Fame
The start of her fame was on the 2021 NFL Draft night when she attended the draft to see her son, Zach Wilson, get drafted by an NFL team.
At the time, Zach was one of the most anticipated draft prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft class. Several teams that were drafting early were in need of a quarterback. Many scouts thought that Wilson would be one of the first players taken off of the board because of it.
News started to stick that after Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson was likely going to be the next quarterback drafted by the Jets.
So, why did the Jets want him so badly? Because he had a great junior year at BYU.
Wilson improved his completion percentage by 11%, had over 1,600 more passing yards than his sophomore year, and dramatically improved his touchdown to turnover ratio.
In his sophomore year, he had 11 touchdown passes and nine interceptions. In his junior year, he had 33 touchdown passes and three interceptions.
What does this have to do with Zach Wilson’s mom? Well, all eyes were on Zach, as fans eagerly awaited the likely announcement of him being drafted by the Jets.
However, the fans had a reaction to seeing her with Zach. Many were astonished that this was his mother, and Lisa Wilson’s looks went viral. She gained tens of thousands of Instagram followers overnight.
As the Wilsons got more in the spotlight, there were more and more rumors being spread about them. Most of them centered around Zach, with Lisa being there by association.
The first one involved Zach’s ex-girlfriend, Abbey Gile.
Why is this relevant? Because she is now dating Washington Commanders wide receiver, Dax Milne. For those of you not familiar with him, he was teammates with Zach Wilson back in BYU.
The two were said to be close in college, but now, Zach’s ex-girlfriend has apparently gotten romantically involved with his former college roommate.
That is not where this ends though. On Twitter, Gile got accused of being a “homie hopper” because she first dated one guy and then started going out with his friend after him.
To clap back, Gile hinted that she was not the “real homie hopper” when comparing herself to Zach Wilson. Gile accused Zach Wilson of sleeping with his mom’s best friend in an Instagram post.
After that rumor started, it went viral, forcing both Lisa and Zach Wilson to respond to the allegations that Gile threw out against Zach.
On top of this, fans and the media went through extensive tactics to try and identify who this friend was. However, that information still appears to be unknown to the public.
For now, it appears that Lisa Wilson is moving on with her life, and she is a happily married woman. The Wilsons still appear to be close, but her friend that has been accused in this may be another story.
Learn More About Zach Wilson’s Mom, Lisa Wilson
In the media world, the Wilsons have certainly started their career in the spotlight off with a bang, no pun intended.
Knowing Lisa Wilson and Zach Wilson, this is not likely to be the last story that they have in the spotlight. It is not even the first story that they have in the spotlight together.
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