That actually is Wedge, sort of, if smaller in the scale of galactic importance and without the "cowardly and superstitious lot" stuff. There was a period where he tried to live a normal life, and then Imperials killed his girlfriend, he devoted himself to the Rebellion, and he turned out to have a real talent for flying.
He's an X-Wing pilot and not a Force-Sensitive, a supercommando, or Han Solo, but he's important for how how resourceful and determined he is, in and out of his snubfighter. At least in stuff by Zahn, Stackpole, and Allston. Everyone else tends to either ignore him or shunt him off to fly combat and narrate about how hard the enemy is fighting.