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Russell Wilson is a classy dude
Tue Dec 25, 2012 1:30 am
  • Hey everyone,

    First off, I apologize for the length of my first post, so I'll put a TL;DR at the bottom. But hopefully you guys will find this stuff interesting because it's all about Russell Wilson.

    He is the classiest guy you will ever meet. I have had the pleasure of meeting him once, we shared an elevator together at NC State, sometime during his sophomore campaign (I was also a sophomore). I raved about how great it was to finally have a savior for our football program, which had suffered through many inept quarterbacks between Philip Rivers and our man Wilson. He thanked me for my support, but deflected all the credit I was giving him to the rest of the team (which frankly, sucked). There were no cameras around, he didn't have to be PC here, I was just a fan talking to him on campus, but he was still very humble and friendly. This is probably not news to you guys by now, because he has always acted this way. In every interview ever, he has been nothing but classy and humble.

    But now I'd like to mention the latest classy thing thing that Wilson did, and the reason for me joining this forum. It was during your thrashing of the 49ers on Sunday Night Football.

    For those of you who don't know the backstory (though I'm sure many of you do), Russell Wilson spent 3 years as the QB at NC State, but he graduated and used the grad student transfer rule to go to Wisconsin and play immediately without sitting out a year. The reason he did this was because our coach, Tom O'Brien (who was fired after greatly underachieving this year), pushed Wilson out of the program, which was probably a colossal mistake. Basically, we had this ridiculously highly touted high school QB, Mike Glennon, who had sat patiently and waited his turn for 3 years (1 redshirt), while Russell Wilson tore things up. Russell was not highly touted and not recruited by O'Brien. He was one of those "diamonds in the rough". Wilson also played baseball while at NC State, which he was pretty decent at (drafted in the 4th Rd by the Colorado Rockies). Wilson was torn for a long time about which sport he would pursue professionally, but it was widely believed he was leaning towards baseball, because everyone knew that "he is just too short to be an NFL QB". During his time at State, he made a habit out of missing football spring practice to participate in baseball. Our coach did not like this, but tolerated it. The problem was that when Wilson got drafted by the Rockies, he joined a single A minor league affiliate of theirs for a summer season. He did not inform the coach on whether he intended to return for his senior season or not until well into the summer, probably because he himself did not yet know. When he finally decided to come back to the football team, O'Brien had already named Glennon the starter, so he told Russell he could come back, but he'd have to be a backup.

    As you can imagine, many State fans took issue with this decision, because it ultimately caused Wilson to transfer to Wisconsin, where he won the Rose Bowl. It has been a sore spot for many Pack fans since it happened 2 and a half years ago. I personally felt it was a tough spot for everyone involved, because Glennon would've undoubtedly transferred if Wilson were named the starter, leaving us with a crappy freshman as our backup and the future of our program. Ultimately Glennon was a great QB too, and you'll probably see him drafted relatively highly in April, but he couldn't carry a team like Russell could. Glennon needs a solid O-Line and good receivers to be successful. Russell can keep plays alive and keep defenses honest with his feet and be a leader in the locker room and on the field.

    Anyways, I digress. The point of this post is what Russell did on Sunday Night Football. Many Pack fans were wondering which college he would name during the player intros, because many of us feel disrespected that Wilson is always associated with Wisconsin by sports writers and the like. Most players, given Russell's situation, would definitely hold a grudge against the NC State program because of the way our idiot coach pushed him out, but not Russell. The way he gave a shout out to both programs by saying "A whole pack o' badgers" was very classy, considering he could've easily just said "Wisconsin", which is the school that put him in the spotlight.

    When he did that, I decided that it was time for me to become a real Seahawks fan. I live in North Carolina, and I've been a Panthers fan my whole life, but I have ties to the Seattle area, so the Seahawks have always been my second favorite team. But I think it's time to up the ante a bit and really follow the Seahawks. I'm still gonna be a Panthers fan, but I'll be pulling for Seattle hard in every other game and learning more about your team, which actually has several N.C. State players (J.R. Sweezy, Hauschka).

    Anways, sorry for being so long-winded, I just wanted to make sure Russell Wilson's story gets heard by his new nation of die-hard fans. Btw, your stadium is kick-ass. I've been to 1 game at CenturyLink and it was last year against the Bucs when you guys were pretty bad, and that place was still more rowdy than I think I've ever seen Bank of America Stadium, so props to the 12th man.



    TL;DR - I'm an NC State graduate. Russell Wilson gave a shoutout to NC State on Sunday Night Football, when he could very easily have held a grudge against our program. He is a super classy guy and because of him, I'm gonna be a Seahawks fan. Also the Panthers suck.
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Re: Russell Wilson is a classy dude
Tue Dec 25, 2012 1:38 am
  • aWESOME pOST MAN, welcome aboard fellow 12th man!
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Re: Russell Wilson is a classy dude
Tue Dec 25, 2012 1:40 am
  • It sounded like he said

    "A wolf pack of badgers"

    Isn't NC State the Wolfpack?
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Re: Russell Wilson is a classy dude
Tue Dec 25, 2012 1:42 am
  • Thanks for the explanation I was wondering about why he said it like that...and welcome!
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Re: Russell Wilson is a classy dude
Tue Dec 25, 2012 1:43 am
  • Glad to have you here! Great first post.
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Re: Russell Wilson is a classy dude
Tue Dec 25, 2012 1:43 am
  • SilkMonkey wrote:It sounded like he said

    "A wolf pack of badgers"

    Isn't NC State the Wolfpack?



    Yeah, we're the Wolfpack. You might be right, I saw the game at a bar so there was a lot of background noise.
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Re: Russell Wilson is a classy dude
Tue Dec 25, 2012 1:52 am
  • It sounded to me like he said "a whooole pack of badgers"
    (I was watching at home with the surround sound on...)
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Tue Dec 25, 2012 2:10 am

Re: Russell Wilson is a classy dude
Tue Dec 25, 2012 3:47 am
  • WolfHawk wrote:Hey everyone,

    First off, I apologize for the length of my first post, so I'll put a TL;DR at the bottom. But hopefully you guys will find this stuff interesting because it's all about Russell Wilson.

    He is the classiest guy you will ever meet. I have had the pleasure of meeting him once, we shared an elevator together at NC State, sometime during his sophomore campaign (I was also a sophomore). I raved about how great it was to finally have a savior for our football program, which had suffered through many inept quarterbacks between Philip Rivers and our man Wilson. He thanked me for my support, but deflected all the credit I was giving him to the rest of the team (which frankly, sucked). There were no cameras around, he didn't have to be PC here, I was just a fan talking to him on campus, but he was still very humble and friendly. This is probably not news to you guys by now, because he has always acted this way. In every interview ever, he has been nothing but classy and humble.

    But now I'd like to mention the latest classy thing thing that Wilson did, and the reason for me joining this forum. It was during your thrashing of the 49ers on Sunday Night Football.

    For those of you who don't know the backstory (though I'm sure many of you do), Russell Wilson spent 3 years as the QB at NC State, but he graduated and used the grad student transfer rule to go to Wisconsin and play immediately without sitting out a year. The reason he did this was because our coach, Tom O'Brien (who was fired after greatly underachieving this year), pushed Wilson out of the program, which was probably a colossal mistake. Basically, we had this ridiculously highly touted high school QB, Mike Glennon, who had sat patiently and waited his turn for 3 years (1 redshirt), while Russell Wilson tore things up. Russell was not highly touted and not recruited by O'Brien. He was one of those "diamonds in the rough". Wilson also played baseball while at NC State, which he was pretty decent at (drafted in the 4th Rd by the Colorado Rockies). Wilson was torn for a long time about which sport he would pursue professionally, but it was widely believed he was leaning towards baseball, because everyone knew that "he is just too short to be an NFL QB". During his time at State, he made a habit out of missing football spring practice to participate in baseball. Our coach did not like this, but tolerated it. The problem was that when Wilson got drafted by the Rockies, he joined a single A minor league affiliate of theirs for a summer season. He did not inform the coach on whether he intended to return for his senior season or not until well into the summer, probably because he himself did not yet know. When he finally decided to come back to the football team, O'Brien had already named Glennon the starter, so he told Russell he could come back, but he'd have to be a backup.

    As you can imagine, many State fans took issue with this decision, because it ultimately caused Wilson to transfer to Wisconsin, where he won the Rose Bowl. It has been a sore spot for many Pack fans since it happened 2 and a half years ago. I personally felt it was a tough spot for everyone involved, because Glennon would've undoubtedly transferred if Wilson were named the starter, leaving us with a crappy freshman as our backup and the future of our program. Ultimately Glennon was a great QB too, and you'll probably see him drafted relatively highly in April, but he couldn't carry a team like Russell could. Glennon needs a solid O-Line and good receivers to be successful. Russell can keep plays alive and keep defenses honest with his feet and be a leader in the locker room and on the field.

    Anyways, I digress. The point of this post is what Russell did on Sunday Night Football. Many Pack fans were wondering which college he would name during the player intros, because many of us feel disrespected that Wilson is always associated with Wisconsin by sports writers and the like. Most players, given Russell's situation, would definitely hold a grudge against the NC State program because of the way our idiot coach pushed him out, but not Russell. The way he gave a shout out to both programs by saying "A whole pack o' badgers" was very classy, considering he could've easily just said "Wisconsin", which is the school that put him in the spotlight.

    When he did that, I decided that it was time for me to become a real Seahawks fan. I live in North Carolina, and I've been a Panthers fan my whole life, but I have ties to the Seattle area, so the Seahawks have always been my second favorite team. But I think it's time to up the ante a bit and really follow the Seahawks. I'm still gonna be a Panthers fan, but I'll be pulling for Seattle hard in every other game and learning more about your team, which actually has several N.C. State players (J.R. Sweezy, Hauschka).

    Anways, sorry for being so long-winded, I just wanted to make sure Russell Wilson's story gets heard by his new nation of die-hard fans. Btw, your stadium is kick-ass. I've been to 1 game at CenturyLink and it was last year against the Bucs when you guys were pretty bad, and that place was still more rowdy than I think I've ever seen Bank of America Stadium, so props to the 12th man.



    TL;DR - I'm an NC State graduate. Russell Wilson gave a shoutout to NC State on Sunday Night Football, when he could very easily have held a grudge against our program. He is a super classy guy and because of him, I'm gonna be a Seahawks fan. Also the Panthers suck.


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Re: Russell Wilson is a classy dude
Tue Dec 25, 2012 4:00 am
  • Great insight. I always figured Wilson went to Wisconsin as a cold, calculated move to further his NFL chances (Wisconsin was a GREAT team, and they had one of the tallest lines anywhere which helped him prove he was draftable). I can scarcely believe he was forced out at NC State. Now THAT is an incompetent coach.
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Re: Russell Wilson is a classy dude
Tue Dec 25, 2012 5:16 am
  • Great post Wolfhawk! Russell Wilson kind of reminds me of another Wolf Pack graduate who played in Seattle Nate McMillan. The city of Seattle seems to have a real connection with players from NC State!
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Tue Dec 25, 2012 5:24 am
  • Great story. Thanks for taking the time to share. One question. Having shared an elevator and all. Is Russell taller or shorter in real life?
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Re: Russell Wilson is a classy dude
Tue Dec 25, 2012 5:24 am
  • kearly wrote:Great insight. I always figured Wilson went to Wisconsin as a cold, calculated move to further his NFL chances (Wisconsin was a GREAT team, and they had one of the tallest lines anywhere which helped him prove he was draftable). I can scarcely believe he was forced out at NC State. Now THAT is an incompetent coach.


    I agree with the incompetency claim about TOB, but for other reasons.

    Those college coaches tend to take spring training rather seriously. It helps have year round control of the student/ athletes. Having your starting quarterback present is desirable in their eyes. I wonder how Pete would have handled that situation.

    I knew RW was drafted out of high school by Baltimore for a big buck offer, but I didn't know it was seven figures until pregame tv chat. That he turned that down to walk on to NCS (in football) just blows my mind.
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Re: Russell Wilson is a classy dude
Tue Dec 25, 2012 5:30 am
  • Didn't Koren Robinson go to NC State too? lol
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Re: Russell Wilson is a classy dude
Tue Dec 25, 2012 6:48 am
  • I caught that at the time, I don't really follow college football as I don't live in the states, so don't really know much about NC State, but even though I now know they're known as the wolfpack, I could tell from that phrase that he was referencing both colleges, which I thought was really cool
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Re: Russell Wilson is a classy dude
Tue Dec 25, 2012 7:25 am
  • I too am an NC State fan who will now be a passionate Seahawks fan as long as Wilson is the quarterback. I remember watching him play his freshman year and thinking, "he cannot maintain this high of a performance, this sort of magic can not be sustained, he has got to come back to earth eventually." He never did.

    Nothing he accomplishes will ever surprise me again.
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Re: Russell Wilson is a classy dude
Tue Dec 25, 2012 7:37 am
  • Excellent post WolfHawk. Definitely not "too long" and definitely worth reading. Keep the good stuff comin!

    I thought it was pretty awesome that Russ said that during the intros as well. I used to follow NC State pretty closely back in the days of Jerricho Cotchery, Philip Rivers, K-Rob, Andre Brown, Mario Williams,etc. I always loved Chuck Amato, one of my favorite coaches of all-time despite the fact that he never could quite put you guys over the top despite having immense talent on his teams. Lately it's been all Wazzu, all the time for me but I think I'm going to start to keep an eye on NC State again.

    Pretty awesome that you got to have a little talk with Russ, especially back then before all this NFL stardom. Great to know that he was just as grounded then as he is now. Welcome to .Net.
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Re: Russell Wilson is a classy dude
Tue Dec 25, 2012 7:50 am
  • Throwdown wrote:Didn't Koren Robinson go to NC State too? lol

    Killjoy. :D




    Great first post and an excellent read.
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Re: Russell Wilson is a classy dude
Tue Dec 25, 2012 8:49 am
  • He didn't actually win the Rose Bowl.
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Tue Dec 25, 2012 9:17 am
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Tue Dec 25, 2012 9:35 am
  • Thanks for posting this, and welcome to the team of the 12. We gladly accept anyone that's passionate about the team, the players, and being really loud!
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Re: Russell Wilson is a classy dude
Tue Dec 25, 2012 9:45 am
  • Great story dude , I live in the Raleigh area and I've been a diehard Seahawk fan for a good decade now .

    I regret never going to Any wolf pack games to watch Russell Wilson lol . Man it's so exciting to know our QB position is in good hands
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Re: Russell Wilson is a classy dude
Tue Dec 25, 2012 10:49 am
  • Thanks for sharing, great first post and welcome to Seahawks Nation!
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Re: Russell Wilson is a classy dude
Tue Dec 25, 2012 12:26 pm
  • OP
    1) where on campus is the elevator? :). I can't remember being in one so not doubting just curios. Wait just got it Talley Student Center?

    2) I played back the intro 10 times to make sure I heard it. Wasn't sure in how to interpret it but also decided to go with the nod to both programs and appreciated it.

    For those that care - Yes Koren was NC State (his jersey is the only one I own Nd it is on the wall framed), Hauscka and RW are the other two on the team with NC State history. Edit: missed J.R

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Re: Russell Wilson is a classy dude
Tue Dec 25, 2012 1:33 pm
  • bestfightstory wrote:Great story. Thanks for taking the time to share. One question. Having shared an elevator and all. Is Russell taller or shorter in real life?


    I didn't get the pleasure of meeting Russ, but I did walk RIGHT by him and his wife in downtown Bellevue (Lincoln Square) not too long ago. So I could measure myself up to him. The funny thing is, at first I didn't think it was Russell Wilson because he seemed much taller than I imagined, after seeing him on TV. Especially when you see him in the huddle, how much he is dwarfed by the other prototypical sized NFL players. He also had a hat on, pulled down kind of low. But it was a Seahawks hat and right after I passed him, a couple teenagers ran past me to get his autograph. Then I knew it was him..

    I looked at my girlfriend and said, "Oh my god! We JUST walked past Russell Wilson! I didn't even say anything to him!" My girl looked at me like i'm pathetic for having a man-crush. But she obviously doesn't understand. Anyway, at that point I looked back and saw him finish up signing autographs and decided that it wouldn't be nice to bother him while he's out shopping with his wife. So I never even said, "Go Hawks!" to him or anything.

    That was a bit off topic, but to answer your question. Yes, to me he seemed taller in person. He is barely under 5'11", which is actually about the average height for an American male (5'10" I believe is the national average). I am 6'1" nearly 6'2 and I didn't feel that much taller than Russ. At least not three inches. Maybe he had some pretty thick shoes on, I don't know.
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Tue Dec 25, 2012 2:05 pm
  • I remember the "short white guy" on our basketball team. Miller was 6ft..... :)
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Re: Russell Wilson is a classy dude
Tue Dec 25, 2012 6:47 pm
  • You think that post is long? You obviously haven't followed Kearly or Sharkhawk for long.

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Re: Russell Wilson is a classy dude
Tue Dec 25, 2012 6:53 pm
  • kearly wrote:Great insight. I always figured Wilson went to Wisconsin as a cold, calculated move to further his NFL chances (Wisconsin was a GREAT team, and they had one of the tallest lines anywhere which helped him prove he was draftable). I can scarcely believe he was forced out at NC State. Now THAT is an incompetent coach.


    He also had a chance to go to Auburn. I remember when Russ visited campus here a lot of people were worried that he would choose the SEC.
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Re: Russell Wilson is a classy dude
Tue Dec 25, 2012 7:30 pm
  • I met Russell at a Microsoft launch event earlier this fall. Some observations:

    1. He IS a classy dude. He is like the guy you wish your son grows up to be. He introduced himself as "Hi, I am Russell", as if I thought he was some Joe, and I had been standing in line for no reason :D

    2. He has BIG hands. His right hand almost covered my entire hand when we shook hands!

    3. I am 5 ft 8 5/8in. , ok maybe just 5'8. And he is at least 2 inches taller than me!

    4. I said, "we're going to the playoffs, baby!" This was probably several games ago, when our playoffs weren't at all a certainty, but he just smiled and said yes. As if he knew already! They aren't kidding about his confidence!
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Tue Dec 25, 2012 9:12 pm
  • I can't get enough RW stories/info. It's all good! Welcome to one of the most passionate, informed, and humble ;) fan bases in sports!
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Re: Russell Wilson is a classy dude
Wed Dec 26, 2012 8:40 am
  • kearly wrote:Great insight. I always figured Wilson went to Wisconsin as a cold, calculated move to further his NFL chances (Wisconsin was a GREAT team, and they had one of the tallest lines anywhere which helped him prove he was draftable). I can scarcely believe he was forced out at NC State. Now THAT is an incompetent coach.


    Missed this one -- and yes O'brien was fired this year....... Many said this was a part of the decision. Like how do you let a guy that is playing on Sundays not stay on the team. In his defense many are ranking Glennon as a first rounder (I don't see him succeding at the next level it but others say I am wrong). He has a great release, great arm etc

    to me it is Rob Johnson 2.0 - looks like the prototype and there it ends
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Re: Russell Wilson is a classy dude
Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:22 am
  • Mike Glennon had threatened to leave NC State, if he wasn't given a chance to compete (meaning to get the job really).
    Glennon was ranked second or third to A. Luck out of high school. His parents couldn't believe he was sitting on the bench at NC State behind RW.
    Russell didn't have a good 3rd year at NC State, throwing more picks than ever in his college career (28 TD, 14 INTs). Coach O'Brien basically forced him to only play from the pocket and always throw down-field. They didn't want him to scramble much. He answered the critics with a 33TDs, 4 INTs season at Wisconsin. It is clear now to everyone that the coaching staff at NC State didn't maximize his potential at NC State.

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    kearly wrote:Great insight. I always figured Wilson went to Wisconsin as a cold, calculated move to further his NFL chances (Wisconsin was a GREAT team, and they had one of the tallest lines anywhere which helped him prove he was draftable). I can scarcely believe he was forced out at NC State. Now THAT is an incompetent coach.


    Missed this one -- and yes O'brien was fired this year....... Many said this was a part of the decision. Like how do you let a guy that is playing on Sundays not stay on the team. In his defense many are ranking Glennon as a first rounder (I don't see him succeding at the next level it but others say I am wrong). He has a great release, great arm etc

    to me it is Rob Johnson 2.0 - looks like the prototype and there it ends
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Re: Russell Wilson is a classy dude
Wed Dec 26, 2012 11:47 am
  • might as well make this a NC State debate. O'Brien made RW a huge favor making him a pocket passer. Look at the first year for RW with two injuries in a "option scheme". Not sustainable.

    RW stats may not be great with the ints but he played good year 2 and 3 anyone seeing him saw the potential
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Re: Russell Wilson is a classy dude
Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:56 am
  • Good to see fellow Wolfpackers on the bandwagon. I've been on this site since draft night, been following the Seahawks all year (moreso than the Panthers), saw Russel play at BofA stadium, and I'm really excited about following the Seahawks in the future. I was with O'Brien for naming Glennon the starter after RW skipped Spring Practices and summer workouts. He graduated from NC State and particiapated in Senior Day here, when it was obvious to fans and coaches that he would be gone to play pro baseball the next year. The program had moved on by that point when it was pretty clear that RW would be playing pro baseball--it seemed to me the parting was amicable and expected. I'm glad RW ended up in Wisconsin as he had a much better year than he would have had at NC State.
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