Two years ago, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon were college teammates at North Carolina State. On April 27, 2011, former college coach Tom O’Brien told Wilson that junior Glennon would become the Wolfpack’s new starting quarterback. And the rest his history.
For the first time, Wilson and Glennon will meet as opponents when the winless Bucs travel to Seattle to face off against 7-1 Seahawks. Even though Wilson was essentially replaced by Glennon, Wilson does not hold a grudge against his former teammate, according to USA Today.
“Before the year, I told him to go out and win the starting job,” Wilson said.
Indeed, the rookie Glennon is the starter in Tampa Bay, replacing Josh Freeman, who is now part of the quarterbacking carousel in Minnesota.
Wilson really has no reason to hold a grudge. After Glennon became the starter at N.C. State, everything has worked out well for Wilson. Wilson, a fifth-year senior, transferred to Wisconsin and became the starter there.
“I didn’t necessarily want to go backwards with my knowledge of the game, I wanted to continue to learn as much as I could because I knew, being a 5-11 quarterback, I’d have to prove myself,” Wilson said. “So playing in a pro style offense, it was one of those things where I had to put myself in the right situation at the right time.”
Wilson would be drafted in the third round of the draft last year, and has since become a young star in the league. Glennon was similarly selected in the third round of this years draft, but has struggled to win a game since becoming the starter.
Glennon said he hasn’t watched Wilson much this season, but watched Wilson lead Seattle to the playoffs last season.
“He made the NFL look like college all over again,” Glennon said.