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Russell Wilson. Russell Carrington Wilson (born November 29, 1988) attended 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 and he was twice named the Richmond Times-Dispatch Player of the Year.
As a senior in 2006, he threw for 3,009 yards, 34 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. He also rushed for 1,132 yards and 18 touchdowns. That year, he was named an all-conference and all-state player as well as conference player of the year. He was featured in Sports Illustrated magazine for his performance in the state championship game win. He also served as president of his senior class. In addition to football, Wilson was also a member of the Collegiate basketball and baseball teams.
Russell received scholarship offers from Duke University and North Carolina State. On July 23, 2006, he committed to North Carolina State. Redshirted for 2007, in 2008 he began the season splitting time with senior quarterback Daniel Evans and Junior Harrison Beck. But, after week 5, the starting job was his exclusively. He finished the season strong and was named the first-team All-ACC quarterback. It was the first time in conference history that a freshman quarterback was named to the first team.
After a record setting 2009, Russell led the 2010 Wolfpack to a 9–4 season that included a 23–7 win over West Virginia in the 2010 Champs Sports Bowl. That season, he led the ACC in passing yards per game (274.1) and total offensive yards per game (307.5). An academic all-american, he graduated from NC State in three years with a BA in communication. During the fall semester of the 2010 season, Russell was taking graduate-level business courses.
Apparently, thinking his future was in baseball, Russell Wilson announced in 2011 that he would report to spring training with the Colorado Rockies. He hadn't received an invitation to the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine despite his coach's efforts to bring him to the attention of NFL coaches. On April 29, 2011, Coach O'Brien announced that Wilson had been granted a release from his football scholarship with one year of eligibility remaining.
On June 27, 2011, Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema announced that Wilson had committed to Wisconsin for the 2011 season. To say the least, he was impressive. In the season opener against UNLV, Wilson passed for 2 touchdowns and ran for another in a 51–17 victory. At the end of the regular season, he was named first team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and media. He also won the Griese-Brees Big Ten Quarterback of the Year award.
In the inaugural Big Ten Championship Game on December 3, Russell threw for 3 touchdowns and led the Badgers to a 42–39 win over the Michigan State Spartans. He was named the game's Grange-Griffin MVP.
On January 16, 2012, Wilson began training for the NFL Scouting Combine at the IMG Madden Football Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
Prior to the 2012 NFL Draft, Wilson had been projected by NFL scouts and analysts to be a middle-round pick. On April 11, 2012, ESPN Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden said, "The only issue with Russell Wilson is his height. That might be the reason he's not picked in the first couple rounds." As things turned out, Wilson was selected by the Seahawks with the 12th pick in the third round (75th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Russell Wilson signed a four-year, $2.99 million contract with the Seattle Seahawks on May 7, 2012 and was named the team's starting quarterback on August 26th. He was named the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year in 2012, and in 2013 led the Seahawks to its first ever Super Bowl victory. He led the Seahawks to their second consecutive Super Bowl appearance in 2014, losing to the New England Patriots 28-24.
Before the beginning of the 2015 season, Russell signed a 4 year, $87.6 million contract extension. As far as the Seahawks are concerned, he is the man!
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