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Russell Wilson: Rookie Sensation

Updated: Thursday, January 10 2013, 09:35 PM EST

Former Asheville Tourists player Russell Wilson is shooting to the top of the NFL. From the baseball diamond to the gridiron, he now has an opportunity to make history as a rookie quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks. Those who know him well say they knew he had it in him all along.

Although his time spent with the Tourists was short lived, he made a lasting impression on the field and off it. Host parents, Brad and Valerieann Stone, say Wilson became part of the family.

After Asheville, Wilson went on to play at Wisconsin. Then he was drafted in the third round by the Seattle Seahawks. The rookie quarterback has led his team to a divisional playoff game.

Wilson and the Seahawks will take on the Atlanta Falcons at 1:00 p.m on Sunday.

Click here to hear what friends close to Russell Wilson have to say about his success.

Follow Megan Schiering on Twitter @mschieringWLOS


Russell Wilson: Rookie Sensation

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