First and 10: Seahawks QB Russell Wilson

June, 8, 2012
Russell Wilson AP Photo/Jason RedmondRussell Wilson, after a minor league baseball stint last summer, starred at Wisconsin in 2011.
[Editor's Note: ESPN Playbook subjected 10 rising pro football stars to off-beat interviews at the recent NFLPA Rookie Premiere event in Los Angeles. Here's what transpired:]

First and 10: ESPN Playbook NFL rookie interviews

Monday, May 28: Rueben Randle, Giants | Tuesday, May 29: Michael Floyd, Cardinals
Wednesday, May 30: Doug Martin, Bucs | Thursday, May 31: Brandon Weeden, Browns
Friday, June 1: Justin Blackmon, Jaguars | Monday, June 4: Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins
Tuesday, June 5: Coby Fleener, Colts | Wednesday, June 6: Isaiah Pead, Rams
Thursday, June 7: DeVier Posey, Texans | Friday, June 8: Russell Wilson, Seahawks

Also see: Playbook feature: Robert Griffin III | Playbook feature: Brandon Weeden


Position: Quarterback College: Wisconsin

Team: Seattle Seahawks 2012 NFL draft: Third round (No. 75 overall)

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AP Photo/Andy ManisWilson threw 33 TDs last season en route to being Big Ten Quarterback of the Year for the Badgers.
ESPN Playbook: What has been your "Welcome to the NFL moment?

Russell Wilson: Probably when we had our first team meeting and Coach [Pete] Carroll talked to all the players and said, “You’re here now. It’s time to go. This is your job.”

What are you going to miss the most about college?

The fans and the atmosphere you go to. These are great schools you play at. But with the Seahawks, we have some unbelievable fans that nobody else can compare to.

What are you looking forward to most about your new city?

The fans. The area in general. I know it’s a great place.

If you could get one rookie card from one player here, who would it be?

I’d have to say my two teammates, Nick Toon and T.J. Graham.

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Otto Greule Jr/Getty ImagesWilson enters a crowded Seattle QB competition that also includes Matt Flynn and Tarvaris Jackson.
Who has the best college cheerleaders?

Ah, I don’t know. I didn’t pay attention.

What was the NFL draft like for you?

Draft day was unbelievable. I was in D.C.; ESPN was there filming everything. It was spectacular. It got a little attention, which is something I wasn’t expecting necessarily, but it was a blessing to be called.

What’s the biggest difference between being a college football star and a pro football player?

I think it’s the attention to detail you have to put into it. It’s not a huge difference, but there’s that much more you have to put in and the consistency you need at the pro level.

Who would be the one celebrity, athlete or otherwise, you would like to meet?

That’s a good one -- I’d probably say Will Smith.

Jon Gold is a sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News and a freelance writer based in Los Angeles. You can find him on Twitter at @TheCoolSub or email him at



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