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Russell Wilson
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Russell Wilson in 2012 Seattle Seahawks NFL preseason game in 2012
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Quarterback
Date of Birth: November 29 1988 (1988-11-29) (age 25)
Place of Birth: Richmond, Virginia
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)Weight: 206 lb (93 kg)
National Football League Debut
No regular season appearances
Career Highlights and Awards
Career History
High School: Collegiate School (Richmond, VA)
College: North Carolina State, Wisconsin
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 3 / Pick: 75
 Teams:
*Seattle Seahawks (2012–present)
Career stats to date:
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Russell Carrington Wilson (born November 29, 1988) is an American football quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. Wilson was selected by the Seahawks with the 75th pick in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft.[1]

Wilson played college football for the University of Wisconsin Badgers during the 2011 season, in which he set the single season FBS record for passing efficency (191.8) and led the team to a Big Ten title and the 2012 Rose Bowl.[2] Wilson played football and baseball for the North Carolina State University Wolfpack before transferring to Wisconsin. In 2008, he was named the ACC Rookie of the Year in football and became the first freshman quarterback to receive first team All-ACC honors.

Wilson also played baseball for the Tri-City Dust Devils in 2010 and the Asheville Tourists in 2011 as a second baseman.[3] Both teams are Minor League affiliates of the Colorado Rockies. Wilson was selected by the Rockies in the fourth round of the 2010 MLB Draft as the 140th overall pick.[4]

Early life and familyEdit

Wilson was born in Richmond, Virginia, the son of Harrison Wilson III (d. 2010), a lawyer, and Tammy Wilson, a legal nurse consultant.[5][6] He has an older brother, Harrison IV, and a younger sister, Anna.[7] Wilson started playing football at the age of 4 with his dad, who played football and baseball at Dartmouth College and was a wide receiver for the San Diego Chargers preseason squad in 1980.[5][8]

High School careerEdit

Wilson attended the Collegiate School, a preparatory school in Richmond, Virginia. As a junior in 2005, he threw for 3,287 yards and 40 touchdowns. He also rushed for 634 yards and 15 touchdowns. He was named an all-district, all-region, and all-state player. Wilson was twice named the Richmond Times-Dispatch Player of the Year.[9]

As a senior in 2006, he threw for 3,009 yards, 34 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. Wilson also rushed for 1,132 yards and 18 touchdowns. That year, he was named the conference player of the year, and also named an all-conference and all-state player. He was featured in Sports Illustrated magazine for his performance in the state championship game win.[9]

Wilson was also a member of the Collegiate basketball and baseball teams.[10]

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Wilson committed to North Carolina State University on July 23, 2006.[11] Wilson also received a football scholarship offer from Duke University.[12]

College careerEdit

NC State (2007-2011)Edit

Wilson redshirted during the 2007 season at North Carolina State University. In 2008, Wilson initially split time at quarterback with senior Daniel Evans and junior Harrison Beck. However, Evans and Beck saw no regular season action after Week 2 and Week 5, respectively. he headbutts people Thereafter, Wilson led the team to a 4–3 record in the regular season which NC State finished out on a four-game winning streak. During a win over East Carolina, Wilson threw for 201 yards and three touchdowns. He threw for two touchdowns in each of the last six season games.[13]

In the 2008 PapaJohns.com Bowl against Rutgers, Wilson threw for 186 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 46 yards before halftime. Late in the first half, he scrambled to the Rutgers' four-yard line, where he was tackled and suffered a knee sprain. With Wilson sitting out the remainder of the game, his replacements threw a combined total of three interceptions with NC State eventually losing, 23–29.[14] Over the course of the season, he completed 150 of 275 attempts for 1,955 yards and 17 touchdowns with just one interception. He also recorded 116 carries for 394 yards and four touchdowns.[13] The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) named him the first-team All-ACC quarterback. It was the first time in the conference's history that a freshman quarterback was named to the first team.[15]

On July 12, 2009, Wilson was named as the quarterback on the pre-season all-ACC football team. On September 19, 2009, Wilson broke Andre Woodson's all-time NCAA record of 325 consecutive pass attempts without an interception against Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs. The 389-pass streak ended in a game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. In a home victory over Pittsburgh, Wilson had over 400 yards total offense and 4 touchdowns.

Wilson led the 2010 NC State Wolfpack football team to a 9 win season (9–4), including a 23-7 win over the West Virginia Mountaineers in the 2010 Champs Sports Bowl. He led the ACC in passing yards per game (274.1) and total offensive yards per game (307.5). Wilson graduated from NC State in May 2010 with a B.A. in Communication, and continued taking graduate-level business courses in the fall semester during the 2010 football season.[16][17][18][19][20]

On April 29, 2011, NC State head coach Tom O'Brien announced that Wilson had been granted a release from his football scholarship with one year of eligibility remaining.[21]

Wisconsin (2011-2012)Edit

On June 27, 2011, Wisconsin Badgers head coach Bret Bielema announced that Wilson had committed to Wisconsin for the 2011 season.[22]

In the season opener against UNLV, Wilson passed for 255 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also rushed for 62 yards, including a 46 yard touchdown run. The Badgers won 51–17. At the end of the regular season, Wilson was named first team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and media. Wilson also won the Griese-Brees Big Ten Quarterback of the Year award.[23]

In the inaugural Big Ten Championship Game on December 3, 2011, Wilson threw for 3 touchdowns and led the Badgers to a 42-39 win over the Michigan State Spartans. Wilson was named the game's Grange-Griffin MVP.[24]

On December 8, 2011, Wilson was named Third Team All-American by Yahoo Sports. Wilson's teammate Chris Borland joined him on the Third Team while Montee Ball was named to the First Team and offensive linemen Peter Konz and Kevin Zeitler were named to the Second Team.[25]

On December 10, 2011, Wilson finished ninth in the Heisman Trophy voting. He finished with 52 points. Wilson was joined by teammate Montee Ball who finished fourth in the voting with 348 points. Baylor's Robert Griffin III won the award.[26]

In the 2012 Rose Bowl vs. the Oregon Ducks on January 2, 2012, Wilson had 19 pass completions on 25 attempts for 296 yards, 18 rushing yards, and 3 touchdowns (2 passing, 1 rushing). The Badgers lost the game 38-45.[27]

Wilson finished the season with 33 passing touchdowns, which set the single season record at Wisconsin and was the second-most in Big Ten history behind Drew Brees during the 1998 season at Purdue (39).[28] Wilson also set the single season FBS record for passing efficiency (191.8).[29]

On January 28, 2012, Wilson completed his college football career by playing in the 2012 Senior Bowl. He graduated from Wisconsin in May 2012 with a Master's degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.[30]

StatisticsEdit

Year School Passing Rushing
Comp Att Yds TD Int Pct Eff Att Yds Avg TD
2008 NC State 150 275 1,955 17 1 54.5 133.9 116 394 3.4 4
2009 NC State 224 378 3,027 31 11 59.3 147.8 103 260 2.5 4
2010 NC State 308 527 3,563 28 14 58.4 127.5 143 435 3.0 9
2011 Wisconsin 225 309 3,175 33 4 72.8 191.8 79 338 4.3 6
College totals 907 1,489 11,720 109 30 60.9 147.2 441 1,427 3.2 23

Baseball careerEdit

Tri-City Dust DevilsEdit

In the summer of 2010, after being drafted in the fourth round (140th pick overall) of the 2010 MLB Draft, Wilson played 32 games as a second baseman for the Tri-City Dust Devils, the Class A Short Season affiliate of the Colorado Rockies in the Northwest League. He finished the season with 2 home runs, 11 runs batted in (RBIs), and a .230 batting average.[4][3]

Asheville TouristsEdit

In the summer of 2011, Wilson played 61 games with the Asheville Tourists, the Class A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies in the South Atlantic League. He had 3 home runs, 15 RBIs, and a .228 batting average.[3]

In January 2012, Wilson informed the Rockies that he would be pursuing a career in the NFL and would not report to spring training for the 2012 season.[31]

NFL careerEdit

Pre-draftEdit

Wilson took part in the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

All values from NFL Combine[32]
Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt<th>Arm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 11 in 203 lb<td align="center">31 in<td align="center">10¼ in 4.55 s 4.09 s 6.97 s 34 in 9 ft 10 in

Seattle SeahawksEdit

On April 27, 2012, Wilson was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the third round (75th pick overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.[33]

He made his debut on August 11, 2012 in the first Seahawks preseason game vs. the Tennessee Titans. Wilson played the entire second half and finished with 12 pass completions on 16 attempts for 124 yards, a 39 yard touchdown pass to Braylon Edwards, and an interception. He also led the team in rushing with 59 yards on 4 attempts and a 32-yard touchdown for a 27-17 win.[34]

Wilson is currently competing with Matt Flynn for the Seahawks starting quarterback position.[35][36]

Personal lifeEdit

Wilson married his long-time girlfriend Ashton Meem on January 14, 2012 in Richmond, Virginia.[10]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. NFL Draft Results 2012: Seahawks Select Russell Wilson With 75th Pick of 3rd Round - SB Nation Seattle
  2. Russell Wilson of Wisconsin Picks Football Over Baseball - NYTimes.com
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Russell Wilson Stats, Bio, Photos, Highlights | Asheville Tourists Stats
  4. 4.0 4.1 Rockies draft pick chooses football instead | Sports - WTAE Home
  5. 5.0 5.1 Late father's lessons still resonate with Badgers' Wilson : Sports
  6. About Us - Tammy Wilson Legal Nurse Consulting, LLC
  7. Father's dream inspires Pack's Wilson - NC State - NewsObserver.com
  8. Bond between Wilson and late dad cemented over time - JSOnline
  9. 9.0 9.1 Russell Wilson, NC State University Wolfpack Official Athletic Site, retrieved January 18, 2009.
  10. 10.0 10.1 I Do, I Do: Ashton Meem + Russell Wilson | Richmond Times-Dispatch
  11. Russell Wilson. Rivals.com. Retrieved on 2011-10-07.
  12. Russell Wilson. Scout.com. Retrieved on 2011-10-07.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Russell Wilson Stats, ESPN, retrieved January 18, 2009.
  14. Ken Tysiac, Wolfpack bows out in Papajohns.com Bowl, Charlotte Observer, 30 December 2008, retrieved January 18, 2009.
  15. Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association Announces 2008 All-ACC Football Teams, Atlantic Coast Conference, December 1, 2008, retrieved January 18, 2009.
  16. http://communication.chass.ncsu.edu/documents/COMGradProgram_2010_Spring.pdf
  17. TheWolfpacker.com - Russell Wilson ready for 2010 campaign
  18. Russell Wilson out of Tom O'Brien's mindset - NC State - NewsObserver.com
  19. QB Wilson's career at NC State is over - WRALSportsFan.com
  20. http://diverseeducation.com/ashe/article/809/
  21. NC State grants quarterback Russell Wilson release - ESPN
  22. Wilson commits to Wisconsin - UWBadgers.com - The Official Web Site of The Wisconsin Badgers Athletics
  23. "Complete All-Big Ten football teams", November 29, 2011. Retrieved on November 30, 2011. 
  24. Wisconsin's Ball wins Tribune's Silver Football - Chicago Tribune
  25. Yahoo Sports All-America Team
  26. 2011 Heisman Trophy Final Voting
  27. Wisconsin Badgers vs. Oregon Ducks - Box Score - January 02, 2012 - ESPN
  28. UWBADGERS.COM - The Official Web Site of The Wisconsin Badgers Athletics - Football
  29. 2011 NCAA Division I-A College Football Individual Statistics Leaders for Passing - ESPN
  30. http://secfac.wisc.edu/commence/programs/2012Spring/GraduatePages.pdf
  31. Russell Wilson to pursue football, won't report to Colorado Rockies spring training - ESPN
  32. Wilson NFL Combine
  33. Seattle grabs QB Wilson, LB Wagner on Day 2 - seattlepi.com
  34. Russell Wilson steals show in Seahawks win over Titans – USATODAY.com
  35. Matt Flynn vs. Russell Wilson: Seahawks QB battle heating up - NFL.com
  36. Seahawks, Chiefs prepared to meet in preseason | Local News | The Seattle Times

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