By TOM LEA
MADISON – Former Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson was selected No. 75 overall by the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks during the third round of the ongoing draft.
He is the third Badger player selected, joining guard Kevin Zeitler (No. 27, Cincinnati) and center Peter Konz (No. 55, Atlanta) in the professional ranks.
Wilson was a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection following the 2011 season, one where Wisconsin went 11-2 in the regular season before losing to Oregon in the 2012 Rose Bowl.
Wilson threw for a UW school record 33 touchdowns (four interceptions) and more than 3,100 yards. He joined the Badgers after playing three seasons at North Carolina State. He finished his collegiate career with 11,720 passing yards, 109 touchdowns and 30 interceptions.
The Seahawks signed former Green Bay Packers backup quarterback Matt Flynn in the offseason.
Wilson joined Homer and Thunder on FM 100.5 ESPN in Madison and 540 AM in Milwaukee Friday afternoon, just hours before he was selected. He said he was striving to be the exception to the rule, though he received much criticism for his lack of height throughout the entire draft process.
“Obviously I want to compete and want to play,” Wilson said. “You always have to be ready to go into the game. That’s the way I’ve always been. I’ve always been a big time competitor. Mentally you always have to be focused and always prepare every day as if you’re going to be playing that day, especially in the NFL when you don’t know who’s going to go down and when and where.
“That’s my mentality. I have to be ready to start.”
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