Russell Wilson’s former center: ‘He is just a winner’

Travis FrederickINDIANAPOLIS – While Russell Wilson was turning doubters into pouters during his rookie season with the Seahawks, his former center from the University of Wisconsin was not surprised. At all, by any of what the ex-Badger quarterback was able to accomplish at the next level.

“Absolutely not,” Travis Frederick said when asked about Wilson’s success. “Russell Wilson, that is exactly who he was at Wisconsin and that’s exactly who he is as a person.”

Frederick offered his opinion on Thursday, when the offensive linemen at the NFL Scouting Combine made their way through the media center at Lucas Oil Stadium.

“He is just a winner,” Frederick said. “He’s a guy who goes out and works hard and will do whatever it takes to win on game day.”

That sounds like Frederick knows Wilson pretty well, because that’s exactly what Wilson displayed during his rookie season.

As for Frederick, he is the top-rated center in this year’s draft class by NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock. Frederick was asked what makes him the best player at his position in this draft.

“I think there’s a lot of great talent out there, both at center and guard,” Frederick said. “I’ve seen some of the other guys play and they’re very, very good. I think that I play very well, as well, and I think I rank up there with those guys.”

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