Since leading the Seattle Seahawks to a Super Bowl title, Russell Wilson has dabbled with baseball and Hollywood. Wilson’s next stop: N.C. State’s spring football game. The former Wolfpack quarterback will have his jersey honored by the school at the Kay Yow Spring Game at Carter-Finley Stadium on April 12. Wilson and Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams will be the first two N.C. State players to have their jersey numbers used as a tribute to their college careers. Their names and numbers will go up at Carter-Finley Stadium, along with the school’s retired numbers, but players later chosen to wear Wilson’s No. 16 or Williams’ No. 9 will do so with a patch that honors their respective legacies. Michigan created a similar system in 2011 and has several numbers “immortalized” or “re-circulated,” in their parlance. Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner wore the number No. 98 in honor of Tom Harmon, the 1940 Heisman Trophy winner, with a patch with the words “Michigan legend,” and the years he played, stitched on it. “The recognition patch is an even more visible way to honor their contributions, because every time a player wearing those numbers steps on the field, he will carry their name on his uniform,” N.C. State coach Dave Doeren said in a statement released by the school. Wilson, who became the first former ACC quarterback to win a Super Bowl in February, started for the Wolfpack from 2008 to 2010. A three-time All-ACC quarterback and ACC Freshman of the Year in ’08, Wilson threw for 8,545 yards and 76 touchdowns during his Wolfpack career. As a fourth-year junior, he led N.C. State to a 9-4 record and a No. 25 ranking in the final Associated Press Top 25 in 2010.
NC State to honor Russell Wilson, Mario Williams
Charlotte Observer | Mar 25