Looking back on the 2000s, it’s interesting to note the number of elite quarterbacks that made it through the college ranks and each had different types of NFL careers. ESPN released their list of the top 75 college football quarterbacks from the 2000s, and a familiar name to the Wisconsin Badgers came in at number 24. Despite his brief tenure with Badgers football, Russell Wilson had one great season with the team.
Before the Wisconsin Badgers
Before joining the Badgers football program, Russell Wilson spent three successful seasons with NC State. During his time there, he amassed 8,545 passing yards with 76 touchdowns. He entered the transfer portal for his final year, and caught on with the Badgers.
One Year of Success with Badgers Football
His one year with the Badgers truly showcased Russell Wilson’s talents. Wilson’s impact was immediate as he shattered program records, amassing an impressive 3,175 passing yards and 33 passing touchdowns which still hold as records today. Under his leadership, the Badgers secured a Rose Bowl appearance, along with a Big Ten Championship. Unfortunately, they fell short in a thrilling 45-38 shootout against Oregon. Wilson finished 9th in the Heisman Voting in 2011.
Beyond Badgers Football
His impressive showing bolstered his NFL Draft prospects, leading to his selection as the 75th overall pick by the Seattle Seahawks in 2012. It was with the Seahawks that Wilson would go on to achieve even greater feats, including winning Super Bowl XLVII and making another appearance in the following year.
Wilson is currently with the Denver Broncos, and has parlayed his college success into over $200 million so far, with more years on his contract left. If he can stay on with the Broncos, he has an outside shot at the Hall of Fame.