By TOM LEA
MADISON – Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson may have surprised many pundits, analysts, reporters and talking heads when he beat out free agent Matt Flynn to become starting quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks.
Now that he has played two NFL games with a 1-1 record, and a nearly perfect 2-0 start, Wilson is slowly becoming one of the more talked about quarterbacks in the league.
His former head coach at Wisconsin, Bret Bielema, hasn’t been surprised at all.
“He’s going to have a lot of success in life,” Bielema said. “I think one of the things he always talks about was playing in a pro-style offense. It’s a huge one for him. I think he was around a lot of really good players.
“I think he’s surrounded (with it) at Seattle from what he tells me.”
Bielema, having had practice and film sessions with his team following Wisconsin’s 16-14 win over Utah State, wasn’t able to watch Wilson’s 15-of-20, 151-yard and one touchdown performance in a 27-7 win over Dallas.
But once he saw the highlights he fired his former All-American quarterback a text message congratulating him on his first career win.
Wilson, busy in his own right, wasn’t able to answer for a decent amount of time.
“You get nervous when you get a text after midnight,” Bielema said. “He just had something positive to say. ‘Hey, Coach, it was awesome. Thanks. Keep the focus, be perfect.’
“Just the typical Russell stuff. Not surprising.”
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