Russell Wilson is coming to NC State’s Kay Yow Spring Football Game, where he will have his number honored. The former Wolfpack great and Super Bowl champion QB earned his degree in Raleigh while playing stellar football for the Wolfpack before leaving for Wisconsin for a single season. He then was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks, earned the starting role at QB and has never looked back. In only his second year, Wilson and his teammates lifted the Vince Lombardi trophy in one of the most dominating Super Bowl team performances after winning 43-8 in a game where it could be fairly said was not as close at the final score.
Regarding him resturning to Raleigh, Wilson told CBS Sports that
“This is truly an amazing honor and I am looking forward to being back in Raleigh and Carter-Finley Stadium,” Wilson said a prepared statement. “My experience at N.C. State was an amazing one playing football and baseball but also accomplishing my goal of graduating in three years. My memories of playing as the quarterback for the Wolfpack are never ending and the roar of the Wolfpack Nation still rings in my ear from memorable wins against FSU and UNC!
“I learned the value of great leadership, ultimate sacrifice, and the relentless belief that hard work pays off. I am grateful for all of my amazing teammates and players past, present, and future. I can still taste and sense the blood, sweat, and tears we all sacrificed to be successful.”
Along with former Wolfpack great Mario Williams, he’ll have his number honored in the upcoming season
Wilson and Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams will be the first two N.C. State players to have their jersey numbers set up as a tribute to their college careers. That means the next player to wear Wilson’s No. 16 or Williams’ No. 9 will do so with a patch that honors their respective legacies.
While Mario Williams has a scheduling conflict and cannot attend the April 12th game, Super Bowl champion and former Wolfpack player J.R. Sweezy along with AFC Champion team member and former NC State linebacker Nate Irving will be in attendance.