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Carroll immediately knew what he had in Russell Wilson.
Pete Carroll understood the following:
Russell Wilson > Matt Flynn (and that $10 million commitment).
Before anyone wields a trident against this seeming hyperbole, just think about what constitutes Russell Wilson as a player, and as a person.
For his first two years at NC State, he was a wildly productive, but not always winning quarterback. He then succeeded in both those categories during his junior year, capping it off with a Champs Sports Bowl victory over West Virginia, 23-7.
Instead of furthering his football career, he pursued his passion for baseball. He played A-ball from 2010-11, before realizing that his rightful path ran through the quarterback position on the gridiron.
To make a long story short, he transferred into a pro-style system at Wisconsin, mastered the playbook and within weeks was elected the team’s captain. Thirty-three touchdowns, 11 wins and a Big Ten title later, Wilson found himself being selected 75th overall by the Seattle Seahawks.
This is the stuff extraordinary people do—people that turn into quarterbacks that beat out $10 million men for starting jobs in the NFL.
While Wilson’s 5:6 touchdown to interception ratio belies the aforementioned praise, the way in which his fellow Seahawks follow him in NFL battle does not.
Carroll’s decision to nominate Russell Wilson as the starting QB will prove influential toward the Seahawks' run to January football.
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