Russell Wilson Promised Eagles Championships in Texts Before 2012 NFL Draft

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistSeptember 4, 2014

Seattle Seahawks' quarterback Russell Wilson holds the Lombardi Trophy after the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Seahawks won 43-8. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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Johnny Manziel's "wreck this league" text to the Cleveland Browns during the 2014 NFL draft made headlines, but he's not the only person who has made a bold claim via text before he was even drafted.

Before the 2012 NFL draft, Russell Wilson and the Philadelphia Eagles were interested in teaming up together. Wilson was ready for a team to take a chance on him, and the Eagles were looking for someone who could lead the team in the future.

It seemed like a good fit for both sides, but something happened that prevented it from happening.

The Seattle Seahawks took Wilson in the third round with the 75th overall pick, so before the Eagles had a chance to take him that round, he was off the board. That meant Wilson wouldn't get a chance to fulfill some pre-draft promises he had made to Philadelphia.

What was one of the promises he made? NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah—the Eagles' West Coast scout at the time—dished out some of the details of Wilson's pre-draft promises to the team, via NFL.com's Marc Sessler

I can tell you a bunch of stories about my communication with him during that process. For example, I interviewed him at the Senior Bowl. At the end of the interview, you always ask for players' numbers so you can get in touch with them—he asked for my number. And then I would get text messages from him periodically saying, 'If the Eagles draft me, I will lead the Eagles to championships.' You know he would send me these text messages.

... So leading up, even the day of the draft, the first day of the draft: 'If the Eagles draft me I will lead them to championships.' He was sending me these text messages. Well, we really liked him, and I thought there was a very real chance he was going to end up being a Philadelphia Eagle there. And then of course, Seattle ends up taking him.

That's the type of confidence that any team would love to see in a young player.

Some wondered whether the 5'11" Wilson would be able to succeed in the NFL. However, after he led the Seahawks to a Super Bowl last season, those doubts have been proved wrong.

Thirteen picks after Wilson was drafted, the Eagles took Nick Foles. After taking over for an injured Michael Vick last season, Foles threw 27 touchdowns and only two interceptions as he led Philadelphia to the playoffs. He was, however, unable to get the team out of the first round.

The Eagles are likely more than happy that Foles is their man, but after watching Wilson win the Super Bowl last season, they are probably wondering what could have been.


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