Garrett Wilson’s Parents Have Played A Significant Role In His Life

By ArthurPublished on: January 15, 2024 Updated on: February 23, 2024
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Garrett Wilson, who is an American football wide receiver for the New York Jets, made the news after winning the Offensive Rookie of the Year award for the 2022 season. Since his rise in popularity, even his family has been dragged into the limelight.

Delve into this article to learn more about Wilson’s parents, who have been supporting him in every step of his career.

Garrett Wilson’s Father Kenny Wilson Is A Hall Of Famer

Yes, you heard it right. His dad has his own legacy. Kenneth Wilson, aka Kenny Wilson, played in the Davidson College basketball team, Davidson Wildcats, during his college years.

He bills at a 6 foot 4 inches (192 cm) height, which validates his playing position and career statistics.

He played as a forward in the team for four years, from 1980 to 1984.  He averaged 14.2 points per game (PPG) and recorded 43 assists during his tenure. Kenny scored a total of 1,573 points.

Garrett Wilson's father Kenneth Wilson
Kenneth Wilson with one of his sons

Further, Garrett’s dad was a key figure even in his sophomore year. He scored 24 points against the Duke’s Blue Devils and also hit the winning shot to win against South Carolina.

The 1962-born former athlete even played for the Denver Nuggets briefly. Kenny ended his collegiate career as the fifth-highest scorer on the Wildcat scoring charts and was inducted into their hall of fame in 2004.

What Is Kenny Doing Now?

Despite being good at basketball, Kenny did not pursue his career in that field. As per his LinkedIn, Kenny has a vast amount of experience. He initially worked at Cardinal Health as their Sr. Vice President and General Manager for 4 years and 7 months. After that, Wilson joined Hanger as a President and Chief Operating Officer.

In September 2011, Kenny started working at Southern Prosthetic Supplies in the same role as mentioned above. Then, after leaving there, the former athlete got the role of President and Global Leader BD at Sodexo.

Currently, Kenny has been the Chief Commercial Officer at AirLife since October 2022, after working as a Chief Operating Officer at Modivcare. In addition, he is also the CEO of KenTop and Sons since June 2022.

Garrett Wilson’s Mother Candace Wilson And Her Role In His Career

Wilson’s mom, Candace Wilson, aka Candice Wilson, has been a constant supporting figure for his brilliant career. She had a substantial role in choosing the best schools for her son where he could excel in academics and athletics hand in hand. Well, she did extensive research to find the best school for her son.

Garrett Wilson's mom Candace Wilson
Garrett Wilson with his mom Candace 

Alongside that, even when Garrett was young, Candace made sure that he was not eating burgers and fries, his favorite food.

She once said,

“We have a lot of conversations as a family about what Garrett is going through, but he’s also seen a lot having grown up in a family of athletes. His brothers have gone through it. As things come up, we talk about it, make sure he’s staying focused.”

She Was Against The Postponement of the 2020-21 Fall Sports Season

When The Big Ten Conference decided to adjourn the 2020-21 season, many athletes’ parents were totally against it. Among them was Garrett’s mother, Candace. She, like many other dads and moms presented there, just wanted to have some answers for their children.

Kenny And Candace Are Parents Of Five

Apart from the talented Garrett, Kenny and Candace are proud parents of four sons and a daughter. All of their sons Cameron Wilson, Donovan Wilson, Shea Wilson, and daughter Sydney Wilson, are well excelled in sports.


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Thus, it won’t be wrong to say that most of the Wilson kids have athletic DNA. Well, Cameron was a wide receiver at Iowa & Ohio University. He was also named to all-metro ream in the Columbia area. Furthermore, he holds the school records for touchdowns and receiving yards.

Their other son, Donovan, was a running back at Bowling Green and Georgia Tech. He completed his Bachelor’s Degree majoring in Communication from Bowling Green State University. He also later received his MBA from the same University.

Currently, he is an NPC Competitor and an ACE-certified PT.

As for  Shea, he is the President at Sech’s and has been working there for over nine years. He received his bachelor’s degree in Specialized Studies, Business Sales, and Strategic Communications from Ohio University.

Last but not least, the couple’s lovely daughter, Sydney, is a Member Services Associate at The Ohio State University. She will be completing her Bachelor of Science in Education, Sport Industry in April 2024.

Even if only Garrett is pursuing his career as an athlete, all of the Wilson children played high school basketball.