Former Tri-City Dust Devil, Russell Wilson, Could be Starting Quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks
Tri-City Dust Devil fans heard a familiar name last month when the Seattle Seahawks drafted Quarterback Russell Wilson out of the University of Wisconsin 75th Overall. Wilson had a short stint in Pasco in 2010 playing Second Base in 32 games for the Dust Devils. Now the Heisman Trophy candidate, who led the Badgers to a Rose Bowl birth against Oregon this past season, is in the running to be the starting QB for the Seattle Seahawks.
Even though The Seahawks went out and signed former Green Bay Packer Matt Flynn to a three-year, $26 million contract, Head Coach Pete Carroll has said that Wilson is "in competition" for the starting job with Flynn and Tarvaris Jackson:
He's showed us enough. He's in the competition. And that is going to tax us, as you know. It was already going to be taxing with two. But he's shown us enough that we need to see where he fits in with these guys.
Carroll said deciding on a starting quarterback will be a long process.
It's going to take us a long time to do this. It's going to be frustrating for [the media]. You're going to keep asking and want to know. I'm just going to be more patient than you can imagine as we go through this process, and we'll just figure it out when we do.
The 2012/2013 NFL season is still months away, but the Tri-City Dust Devils will be kicking off their season on June 15th against the Everett Aquasox. Get out to GESA Stadium this year, you may not only be watching future Major League Baseball players.
Random note on a local player that you may have seen play at GESA Stadium in recent years...
The 2002 Richland High Grad had success in college at Arizona State University, won a gold medal at the 2004 World University Baseball Championship. Buck was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 2002, but opted out to play and attend college. He was drafted again in 2005 by the Oakland Athletics and made his professional baseball debut for the Vancouver Canadians against the Tri-City Dust Devils. Buck didn't dissapoint his hometown fans, hitting a 3 run HR in just his 3rd at bat. With just 36 at-bats with the Canadians, and quickly moving up through the A's organization, Buck landed on Oakland's MLB roster just two seasons later, making his debut against the Seattle Mariners. Buck is currently in the Houston Astros organization.