Donovan Wilson was born on February 21, 1995, he is an American football safety for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Texas A&M.
Wilson attended Woodlawn High School in Shreveport, Louisiana). As a senior, he had 70 tackles, 13 interceptions, 5 forced fumbles, 57 receptions for 860 yards, and 9 touchdowns, while receiving Shreveport Defensive Player of the Year and Class 4A All-state honors.
He accepted a football scholarship from Texas A&M University. As a true freshman, he appeared in 10 games as a backup safety, making 19 tackles (2 for loss). He started in the 2014 Liberty Bowl, leading the team with 9 tackles.
In Week 4 against the Cleveland Browns, Wilson took over the strong safety position, after replacing Darian Thompson, when he failed to defend a 37-yard touchdown trick pass from Jarvis Landry to fellow wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. on the first drive of the game. Wilson recorded 10 tackles, his first career sack on Baker Mayfield, and showed a hard-hitting physical style during the 49–38 loss, earning the full-time starter position.
In Week 8 against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football, Wilson recorded a strip sack on Carson Wentz that he also recovered during the 23–9 loss. In week 11 against the Vikings, Wilson had the best game a Dallas safety has had since the days of Darren Woodson when he created two turnovers.
In Week 11 against the Minnesota Vikings, Wilson and his teammate DeMarcus Lawrence had a strip sack on quarterback Kirk Cousins that was recovered by Wilson. Later in the game, Wilson forced a fumble on running back Dalvin Cook that was recovered by Lawrence during the 31–28 win.
In Week 12, against the Washington Football Team, he made 10 tackles (9 solo). Wilson would later miss Week 13 and 14 with a groin strain injury and was replaced by Thompson in the strong safety position.
In Week 15 against the San Francisco 49ers, he returned to the starter role and made his first career interception off a pass thrown by Nick Mullens during the 41–33 win. In Week 17 against the New York Giants, Wilson recorded a sack on Daniel Jones and also intercepted a pass thrown by Jones during the 23–19 loss. He finished with 71 tackles, two interceptions, three passes defended, 3.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries.
Wilson entered the 2021 season as the Cowboys starting strong safety. He was placed on injured reserve on November 24, 2021, with shoulder and chest injuries. He was activated on December 25.