Wilson passing along big league dreams
Posted June 25, 2013
Updated June 26, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — 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."
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.