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Wilson passing along big league dreams

Posted June 25, 2013
Updated June 26, 2013

— For kids with big league dreams and one-in-a-million odds against them, Russell Wilson couldn't be a better camp counselor. A former Pack prodigy who's built a career on defying that same stacked deck.

"Growing up, I've had some really good situations in my life, some decent ones, some not so good ones," said former N.C. State and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

"I lost my dad, played football and baseball, met a lot of kids, and I love kids. Just to be around them and share moments with them. To share my experiences with them, that's my biggest goal in this."

Russell Wilson Fialko: Wilson passing academy gives back

Wilson is back in Raleigh and back on NC State's practice fields for The Russell Wilson Passing Academy. 

"You can't get much better than Russ," says J.R. Sweezy, a former teammate of Wilson's at State and a current one with the Seattle Seahawks. "I look up to him, he's a great guy, leads by example. I've got nothing but good things to say about him."

This marks the second year of the passing academy, but the first time he's taken the show on the road.

Five stops in five different cities, all of which Wilson says made a difference in his development into an NFL star.

"It's changed my life for the better," Wilson says. "It's really helped me grow as an individual and just be around new people, and meet new people."

Despite exiting the Triangle under less-than-amicable circumstances to play one last collegiate season at Wisconsin, the Seahawks starting quarterback said he had no reservations about returning to a place he still considers home.

"No, there was never that moment," says Wilson. "I graduated from here in three years, it was just an honor to be here, so I knew it would be good for me."

The two-day camp wraps on Wednesday before Wilson heads to Madison for the third leg of his cross-country camp tour.

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  • baldchip Jun 26, 12:01 p.m.

    Russell Wilson is a good man. Most really good QBs are good leaders, and Russell is a very inspiring leader. He's a follow me kinda guy.

    I wish Cam Newton would look at Russell. The superman stuff must go away for the Panthers to be successful-long term!!

    All that being said, I'll bet he runs a great camp!! He'll make a great coach some day.

  • rushbot Jun 26, 9:50 a.m.

    Russell Wilson has turned me back into an NFL fan..GO SEAHAWKS!!! (if you want to make your own Russell Wilson action figure, go to this link: http://seattletimes.com/html/sportspages/2020092804_hawks-buddy.html).. .. ..you know the panthers wish their guy had the leadership skills of RW!!!

  • Packman24 Jun 26, 8:57 a.m.

    Wilson seems like a class act.

    TOB would never admit it, but I'm pretty sure he would NOT give... View More

    — Posted by 4tarheels

    I think that is one of the main reasons TOB lost his job! Love Russel he has always been a great "class act"! Go Pack!

  • Hammerhead Jun 26, 8:56 a.m.

    He put Wisconsin on the map? OK.

    — Posted by Hammerhead

    Wisconsin has a football team?

    — Posted by kornfan2448

    I think so, lemme check.........

  • kornfan2448 Jun 26, 8:49 a.m.

    He put Wisconsin on the map? OK.

    — Posted by Hammerhead

    Wisconsin has a football team?

  • olivechapel1000 Jun 26, 8:02 a.m.

    Wilson early departure is a sore spot for alot of NCSU fans. To let your star go to another Program is hard to take give his success in the NFL. The Glennon experiment was okay. Its not like they would have won the ACC with Wilson. But Wilson I think did charge up the program. Atleast we still have all our wins. Pete Caroll is TBD for a coach in the NFL. I like the Seahawks, mainly because of Wilson. It should be good Football for the next few years with SF. P Rivres is not doing so well. Rivers has not had the best coaching of late. I would look for him to be traded soon. M Willaims is will the Bills, But Torry Holt is the best of recent grads.

  • 4tarheels Jun 26, 7:58 a.m.

    "Toby knew what was best for his program..."

    LOL. Ummm, apparently not. But I agree that leaving State worked out best for Wilson.

  • shakennotstirred Jun 26, 7:56 a.m.

    Kills UNC fans that every word out of Wilson's mouth is nothing but praise for NCSU and in the end everything worked out perfectly. Toby knew what was best for his program and for Wilson and let Wilson make the choice. Meanwhile, over in the cesspool, waiting on the next scandal of overpaid, under-performing "special admissions recruits". Go Seahawks!

  • chivegas Jun 26, 7:30 a.m.

    He put Wisconsin on the map? OK.

    — Posted by Hammerhead

    Just ignore the State Fans. They are delusional.

    Wisconsin put Russell Wilson on the Map,... View More

    — Posted by rduguyhere

    The person that said that has a Virginia Tech logo as their avatar, but then again you CHeats aren't known for your intelligence.

  • 4tarheels Jun 26, 7:26 a.m.

    Wilson seems like a class act.

    TOB would never admit it, but I'm pretty sure he would NOT give Wilson ultimatums if he could do it all over again.

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