Russell Wilson is the classic underdog story. Small quarterback making it to the NFL and all that jazz.
When the Seahawks quarterback was tapped to give the commencement speech at Wisconsin, the school he transferred to after NC State, and kept it completely honest about his journey to success. Wilson talked about his time with the Wolfpack, and how he was doubted by coach Tom O'Brien.
"The summer before my senior year of college, I'm playing minor-league baseball. I called by football coach at NC State and said, 'Hey coach, I'd like to come back for my senior year.' He told me I wasn't coming back. He said, 'Listen son, you're never going to play in the National Football League. You're too small. There's no chance. You've got no shot. Give it up.' Of course I'm on this side of the phone saying, 'So you're telling me I'm not coming back to NC State? I won't see the field?' He said, 'No son, you won't see the field.' Now this was everything I had worked for. And now it was completely got. If I wanted to follow my dream I had to leave NC State. I had no idea if I would get a second chance somewhere else."
Obviously once those comments got back to NC State, there would be some type of rebuttal. Former NC State player, Kalani Heppe, had some words to say about his old teammate.
Wilson apparently also embellished other parts of his speech regarding the NC State baseball team.
NC State probably crossed Wilson off their graduation speakers list for the foreseeable future.