Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson knows Dallas Cowboys center Travis Frederick quite well from their days at Wisconsin.
After transferring to Wisconsin for his senior year, Wilson spent a season playing with Frederick and the duo helped the team to an 11-3 record, a Big 10 title and a Rose Bowl berth. Wilson, who was drafted in the third round of the 2012 draft, says he was hardly surprised to see his old pal go in the first round to the Cowboys the year after.
“First of all, he’s probably one of the most intelligent people you’ll ever meet,” Wilson said, per Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. “I think he was in [computer] engineering at the University of Wisconsin. He was probably a 4.0 guy, maybe higher. But very intelligent. He loved the game of football. Very poised. He was able to play left guard for us. We had Peter Konz start at center. But also when Peter went down, he played center. We had a good relationship. He can play some really good football. I knew Travis was going to be a first-round pick because of his demeanor. His love for the game was pretty remarkable."
“I remember when I got to Wisconsin, one of the first weeks I was there I was watching film all by myself and he came in there and started watching it with me. I just remember how hard of a worker he was. I had the opportunity to always lift with him. I would squat next to him. He’s putting 700 pounds on the bar and I’m over there squatting 300, maybe. Just to be around him was always a great thing. I’m really happy for him. To get to watch him play on Sunday will be a really exciting thing. I love the guy to death.”
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