Every Thursday we'll look back at the high school career of a rookie pro athlete.
Back in 2006, when Russell Wilson was featured in Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd," it would've been hard to imagine him as an NFL starting quarterback. As a senior at Collegiate School (Richmond, Va.), Wilson threw for 291 yards and ran for 223 yards in the Virginia Independent Schools Football Association Division I championship game. Still, he was only a two-star recruit.
Wilson threw for 3,009 yards and 34 touchdowns as a senior, and he rushed for 1,132 yards and 18 scores. He put up even better numbers the year before, when he threw for 40 touchdowns and rushed for 15.
A tremendous athlete, Wilson also played basketball and baseball at Collegiate.
College: Wilson played most of his college career at NC State. He was granted his release with one year of eligibility remaining and enrolled at Wisconsin, where he led the Badgers to a Rose Bowl berth.
In the NFL: Wilson beat out free agent acquisition Matt Moore for the starting job in training camp and has been solid through six games for the Seahawks. He has an 85.6 passer rating with 8 touchdowns and six interceptions.
Back at Collegiate: The Cougars are 4-2.