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Russell Wilson’s Former College Teammates Knew He Was a Star in the Making

Russell Wilson has become a star in the NFL. The Seattle Seahawks quarterback is having an MVP season in 2020. Wilson has already accomplished a lot during his NFL career, and he continues to play at a high-level year after year.

In college, Wilson attended two schools. He attended North Carolina State University first, and during his time there, his teammates saw something special in him. 

Russel Wilson has become a superstar in the NFL

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Wilson has spent his entire NFL career with the Seahawks. The Seahawks selected him in the third round of the 2012 NFL draft. Wilson immediately became the starting quarterback his rookie year. He put together an impressive rookie season leading the Seahawks to an 11-5 record. Wilson threw for 3,118 yards with 26 touchdowns, and he also ran for 489 yards and four touchdowns. 

The success continued for Wilson during his second season. Wilson led the Seahawks to a Super Bowl victory over the Denver Broncos during the 2013 season. In his second NFL season, Wilson was a Super Bowl champion. That season, the Seahawks started the season winning their first four games, which was the best start in franchise history at the time. The Seahawks finished the season with a 13-3 record. Wilson has never had a losing season during his time in Seattle.

He’s made the playoffs seven times with the Seahawks and has led the team to two Super Bowl appearances. After winning the Super Bowl during the 2013 season, the Seahawks returned to the Super Bowl the next season as they took on the New England Patriots. In a close game, the Patriots came out victorious 28-24. Wilson broke numerous single-season records during his career with the Seahawks. He had the most passing yards with 4,024 during the 2015 season and the most passing touchdowns with 34.

Fast forward to the 2020 season, and Wilson continues to play at a high-level. He led the Seahawks to a 5-0 start, which was the best in franchise history. Through six games, he leads the league in touchdowns with 22. He’s been a frontrunner for the MVP award since the season started, and the Seahawks will be a team that will compete for another Super Bowl title.

Russell Wilson was a standout at North Carolina State

Before he transferred to Wisconsin to finish his college career, Wilson spent three years at North Carolina State. He had success during his time there as well. Wilson redshirted his first year in 2007, and in 2008 he had the chance to make a name for himself. During the 2008 season, he threw for 1,955 yards and 17 touchdowns and ran for 394 yards and four touchdowns. He was named the ACC Rookie of the Year and the ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year after an impressive performance.

Wilson continued to put up impressive numbers during his time at North Carolina State. During the 2010 season, Wilson had a total of 37 touchdowns and threw for 3,563 yards. He was a second-team All-ACC selection after the 2010 season. Wilson was one of the top quarterbacks in the ACC during his time at North Carolina State.

Wilson’s former college teammates knew he would be a special player

Before he became a leader in the NFL, Wilson had leadership qualities in college. His former teammates reminisced about the type of player and leader Wilson was at North Carolina State. Jarvis Williams played wide receiver at North Carolina State when Wilson was there, and in an article from The Athletic, Williams talked about the leadership qualities that Wilson possessed. 

“Russell abided by the program,” Williams said. “Whatever the system was, he abided by it. We had to stretch for 30 or 40 minutes, he made sure we stretched for 30 or 40 minutes before we touched the weight room. It was like clockwork. He turned us into a machine in a positive way. There was no cheating around Russell. He was like one of the coaches.”

Throughout his career at North Carolina State, Wilson made big plays, especially late in the game. As a young quarterback in college, Wilson wasn’t afraid to lead his team on and off the field. He also wasn’t afraid to speak up and make sure that his team was focused at all times. Wilson’s knowledge of the game has led him to have success in the NFL, and when his career is down, he will most likely end up in the Hall of Fame.