Last week in this space we threw it back to Marcus Trufant’s time – or should we say “French Dip’s” time – as a senior football player at Tacoma’s Wilson High School.
Today, courtesy of the NFL on FOX, we throw it back to Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson’s time at Collegiate High School in Richmond, Virgina.
Wilson played both football and baseball for the Cougars, leading them to three state championships on the gridiron. He earned all-state, all-region, and all-district honors, and was named the 2005 Richmond-Times-Dispatch Player of the Year as a junior.
In the high school highlight reel above you’ll notice many of the defining characteristics that Wilson flashed for the 2012 Seahawks. The skill to escape pressure and would-be tacklers, the quick release, strong arm and ability to make accurate throws from any different angle – rolling right, rolling left – while remaining poised in the pocket are all on display.
Charlie McFall, Collegiate High School’s head football coach relayed to FOXSports.com a game of Wilson’s that stood out the most:
“I think Russell saved it all for the last game [against Fork Union Military Academy]. I think he rushed for over 200 yards and threw for over 200 yards and really had a nice game. That’s the one that really stands out to me because he was just a one-man wrecking crew.
“The other thing is, he was playing just about every down at cornerback. We weren’t pulling him out to save him. He was on the field, all the time. He’d even punt it for us.”