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Wilson pleased with debut campaign

Posted February 1, 2013

— In his rookie season, former NC State and Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson was overshadowed nationally by top picks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, but the 5-foot-11 signal caller was the last remaining first-year starter standing in this year’s postseason.

Trailing the Atlanta Falcons 27-7 in the fourth quarter, Wilson guided a comeback that saw the Seattle Seahawks take the lead in the final minute. At that point, Wilson said he thought that not only the game, but the Super Bowl was within reach.

“It was as calm as possible; I told everyone, ‘We’re going to win this game. We’re going to capitalize, we’re going to win,’” Wilson said Friday while joining Adam and Joe in radio row from the Super Bowl in New Orleans. “That game would have gone down as the greatest comeback in playoff history if we had won. I thought we would have a shot, but it didn’t work out that way. Hopefully next year.”

The loss wasn’t Wilson’s final snap of the season though. The rookie was named an alternate for the Pro Bowl and filled in after injuries forced all three selected NFC quarterbacks out of the contest.

“It was an amazing experience to be in the Pro Bowl as a rookie. It was awesome,” Wilson said. “Where people told me I wouldn’t be able to play in the National Football League, a lot of hard work, dedication and a tribute to my football team as well.”

People told Wilson a lot of things before this season. One of those was that he was too short. Another was an uneducated assessment that he was a running quarterback.

“They know I’m not a running quarterback,” Wilson countered. “I like throwing the football, I actually don’t like running. It’s a skill of mine that I can do, and it’s great to have, it extends plays. But when I’m scrambling and escaping outside the pocket I’m trying to look for someone downfield. When I do run it, it's just get a positive gain.”

Wilson was named the Vizio award winner this year. An award voted on by the fans as the top value performer in the league. For the honor, Wilson was given a Vizio tablet loaded with Windows 8. Said Wilson, “It’s pretty awesome.”

With awards season right around the corner, it is not out of the realm of possibility that Wilson will also get some nods for the NFL Rookie of the Year. Whether he actually he wins the award or not, Wilson said that he is happy with his debut campaign.

“Hopefully, we’ll see what happens,” Wilson said. “Either way, it was a spectacular rookie season for me. I pray I win it, but we’ll see.”

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  • wlcat609 Feb 1, 10:30 p.m.

    After his efforts this season, Russell could probab
    ly run for governor of Washington and/or mayor of Seattle.....and win either hands down!

  • kornfan2448 Feb 1, 9:59 p.m.

    Had to watch him beat the Heels when he was at State, now have to deal with him in Seattle as a Niners fan. Tough thing is, he's almost impossible to dislike.

  • shakennotstirred Feb 1, 9:34 p.m.

    How about the couple of bitter little people on here. Ya'll should find another school to pull for other than unc if you can't get over Wilson's thrashing them. So very sad for you, :(

  • Hokies94 Feb 1, 8:14 p.m.

    Hokie 94 and Durham devil, I agree. I said when he was at State he could play in the NFL but I... View More

    — Posted by Deacons

    You followed with more than I delivered Deacons. His intelligence is the diference with most. What he did as a Rookie surpassed most all others. He's a game time player. He wins with his intellect and his arm. He also has the foot speed to beat LB's and a few corners too. I also appreciate that Wake is showing great improvement in basketball. They came so close to beating Duke. Man. I was pulling strongly.

  • SportznutV2.0 Feb 1, 7:57 p.m.

    A Great person and representative of NC State University. NCSU recognized his heart, character... View More

    — Posted by wallpak

    Too bad for you TOB didnt share your sentiments and kicked that great human to the curb

  • rushbot Feb 1, 6:21 p.m.

    Love this guy's attitude. I haven't really been a fan of the NFL since the redskins let art monk go for salary cap reasons, but I became one again this year..I won't wear a jersey, but I did buy a Seahawks cap and now read the seattle times sports page daily..there was a neat Russell Wilson bobblehead fan thing they have on their site I printed out..I'm a Ludite when it comes to technology, but here goes with the link...Hawks Buddy: Build your own Russell Wilson http://seattletimes.com/html/sportspages/2020092804_hawks-buddy.html enjoy!!!

  • wallpak Feb 1, 5:46 p.m.

    A Great person and representative of NC State University. NCSU recognized his heart, character and potential thank goodness when others did not. I truly cherish those three consecutive years of great wins, watching with my son, lead by Russel Wilson over our rival school the Tarheels: 2008 of 41-10 @ chapel hill, 2009 of 28-27 in Raleigh, and 2010 of 29-25 @ chapel hill. And I look forward to his career in the NFL. He played the way you're supposed to with class, good sportsmanship (not just winning but always) and style allowing his actions to make the impression on the field not his mouth. Good Luck to a fine young man and person. We are just grateful to have had him lead our team for those three years. I was not surprised to see what he did this year in Seattle but I am grateful that he got the chance to shine as a starter. signed wallpak

  • Deacons Feb 1, 4:59 p.m.

    Hokie 94 and Durham devil, I agree. I said when he was at State he could play in the NFL but I was even more convinced after seeing him play behind a huge O line at Wisconsin. He is my favorite player and if I had a team, there is NO other QB I would trade him for. He has more character and work ethic than most anyone as well. He deserves Rookie of The Year.

  • KT Returns Feb 1, 4:15 p.m.

    Sorry Russell you are not good enough to compete for the starting job
    -... View More

    — Posted by SportznutV2.0

    "Sorry RW. You are not good enough to come to UNC"

    -Butch Davis

  • msingletary Feb 1, 3:55 p.m.

    The state of Wisconsin is proud of their badger.

    — Posted by 4tarheels

    And NC State is proud of their wolfpacker.

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