Russell Wilson handed starting QB role while Carroll was shooting hoops

Photo: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The saga of the three superstar rookie quarterbacks of the 2012 season was one of the more intriguing storylines of last fall. After Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III were picked first and second overall, respectively, it was pretty clear that they would be starting for their rebuilding Colts and Redskins.

What took the NFL by surprise was the decision of Seattle coach Pete Carroll to name third-round pick Russell Wilson the starter over newly-acquired, veteran free agent Matt Flynn.

Wilson, only months removed from starring at Wisconsin, carried the Seahawks to a playoff win and is looking primed to do even more in his encore campaign in 2013. What we as fans did not know, however, was how Carroll actually informed the young man that he would be a starter at the professional level.

In one’s head, an ornate office comes to mind. Carroll, sitting at his desk, calmly informs young Russell that he will be the starter.

Such a scene could not have been further from the truth, Wilson told Dan Patrick on the analyst’s radio show.

“I go into work that day. We had just played our third preseason game” Wilson said, setting up the scene. “We just had our meetings. About mid-day, around noon or so, I’m in the locker room and one of the equipment guys came in and said, ‘Hey Russ, Coach Carroll wants to see you.’ I’m like, ‘Okay, is he up in his office?’ He said, ‘No, he’s actually outside shooting baskets.'”

Not only was he ballin’ out, but the man was literally ballin’ out.

“I was like okay (laughs),” Wilson said. “I walked outside and [Carroll is] draining 3-pointers, going behind his back, and doing Michael Jordan fade-aways. I’m scratching my head trying to figure out what’s going on right now. He’s like, ‘You think you can beat me?’ I’m like, ‘I don’t know, coach.’ He started talking and said I just want to let you know that you’ve done a great job thus far and I want you to continue to grow and I want to let you that you’re going to be the starting quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks.”

That sure beats a day in an office.

[H/T: Coaching Search]