QB Wilson's career at NC State is over
Posted April 29, 2011
Updated June 27, 2011
Raleigh, N.C. — Russell Wilson has been released from his football commitment to North Carolina State University. Head coach Tom O'Brien said Friday that the decision to part ways was mutual, based upon the team's need to plan for the fall and Wilson's pursuit of a pro baseball career.
"Russell and I have had very open conversations about his responsibilities respective to baseball and football,” O’Brien said in a statement. “While I am certainly respectful of Russell's dedication to baseball these last several years, within those discussions I also communicated to him the importance of his time commitment to NC State Football."
Wilson was drafted in 2010 in the fourth round (140th overall) by the Colorado Rockies. He started the spring playing for the Class A Asheville Tourists.
Wilson, who carries a 4.0 GPA in State's graduate business program, had the option of returning for one more season of football. He said he had not completely closed that door, but realized that the ongoing speculation was a distraction to the players who were preparing for the fall.
“It has become apparent that the time has come for the program to move on without me," Wilson said.
The release gives Wilson the option to play for another team if he decides to return to football.
"While my immediate plan includes playing professional baseball, I have not closed the door on football," Wilson added. " With one more season of college eligibility remaining, I will continue to explore and consider all my options."
In three seasons, Wilson positioned himself in the ACC top 10 in career total offense list with 9,628 yards, 13th in passing yardage (9,377), second in touchdown responsibility (93) and third in touchdown passes (76).
"I am forever grateful to NC State for allowing me the privilege of participating in athletics for four years. I especially appreciate the cooperation among coaches who allowed me to pursue my dream of playing two sports," Wilson said.
"I also want to thank the great fans of NC State University. Your love and support was a gift that I appreciated every day and will treasure my entire life."