Russell Wilson to serve as Wisconsin's 2016 spring commencement speaker
By now, Russell Wilson has probably delivered more than his fair share of pregame speeches. The Seahawks captain’s leadership helped propel a pair of Super Bowl appearances in his second and third seasons in the NFL.
Come this spring, the former Badger will be delivering a different kind of pregame speech, and to a much larger audience.
Wilson will serve as the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s 2016 spring commencement speaker for the May 14 ceremony at Camp Randall Stadium.
The university announced the news with a video message:
The former Badger signal-caller will not be paid for the speech, though the university will cover his travel expenses.
Wilson graduated from North Carolina State and used his final year of eligibility playing for the Badgers after pursing baseball in the Colorado Rockies minor league system.
In Madison, Wilson earned B1G Quarterback of the Year honors, leading the Badgers to a conference title and a Rose Bowl.
Since being selected in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft, Wilson has appeared in three Pro Bowls, two Super Bowls and he set a franchise record for passing yards in a season.