Russell Wilson

Football Player

Born: 29 November 1988
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio
Best known as:

The Super Bowl-winning quarterback for the NFL's Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson is the quarterback who led the Seattle Seahawks to victory in Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014. Russell Wilson was born in Ohio but grew up in Virginia. He played his college football at North Carolina State (2007-10) and then Wisconsin (2011), and was selected in the third round of the 2012 NFL draft by the Seattle Seahawks. Wilson had a strong college career, but he was widely considered too small (at 5'11" and just over 200 pounds) to be an NFL quarterback. Wilson immediately proved the doubters wrong, grabbing the starting job from the very first game of the season and winning fans with his speedy running and strong arm. The Seahawks lost in the second round of the playoffs that year, but Wilson was named the NFL's Rookie of the Year. The next year he took the Seahawks all the way to Super Bowl XLVIII (played in 2014 after the 2013 season), where they dominated Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, winning 43-8.

Extra credit:

Russell Wilson wears jersey number 3... He married Aston Meem on 14 January 2012. They met when Wilson was a sophomore in high school... Also an excellent baseball player, Russell Wilson was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the fourth round of the 2010 Major League Baseball draft. He played with the Asheville Tourists, a Class A Rockies affiliate, in the summer of 2011... Wisconsin played in the Rose Bowl in 2012, Wilson's only year with the team... A 2012 article in the Seattle Times said that Russell Wilson is 5 feet 10-5/8 inches tall, rather than precisely 5'11".

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