On Now
Coming Up
  • Thu., Apr. 26, 2018 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM MDT Official 2018 Broncos Draft Party
    The Official 2018 Denver Broncos Draft Party
    Presented by

    Thursday, April 26, 2018
    United East Club • Sports Authority Field at Mile High • 6PM
    VIP doors open at 5:00PM. General Admission doors open at 5:30PM
    Join Broncos Country at the Official 2018 Draft Party to celebrate in the excitement as your Broncos look to bring the best talent to Denver with the #5 pick. Orange & Blue 760AM will be onsite broadcasting providing insights and analysis on every pick. More Info
    Supporting Sponsors

  • Sat., May. 19, 2018 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM MDT Broncos Carne Asada, presented by Bud Light Event is free for all fans
  • Sun., Jun. 10, 2018 12:00 AM - 11:45 PM MDT Broncos Summer Games


    More information coming soon.
  • Sat., Jun. 30, 2018 12:00 AM - 11:45 PM MDT Broncos 7k: Grand Junction


    More information coming soon.
  • Fri., Jul. 13, 2018 12:00 AM - 11:45 PM MDT Broncos Movie Night


    More information coming soon.
  • Sat., Jul. 14, 2018 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM MDT Broncos Carne Asada, presented by Bud Light Event is free for all fans
  • Sat., Jul. 21, 2018 12:00 AM - 11:45 PM MDT Broncos 7K: Pueblo


    More information coming soon.
Print
RSS

Reconnecting with Wilson

Posted Jan 23, 2014

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson played college football with a pair of Broncos.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson is well known to plenty of football fans and players around the league.

But aside from his Seahawks teammates, running back Montee Ball and linebacker Nate Irving know him better than most.

Ball and Irving each played college football with Wilson, albeit with different teams.

Irving spent three seasons (2008-10) with Wilson at North Carolina State and Ball played one season with Wilson (2011) at Wisconsin.

“Back when he was with me at Wisconsin, he displayed great qualities of a quarterback,” Ball recalled. “And I’m sure he’s doing the same thing over there.”

Irving, who practiced against Wilson during their time together with the Wolfpack, noted that despite some critics’ concern regarding Wilson’s height, he knew the quarterback could excel at the next level.

“It’s about making plays,” Irving said. “There are going to be different guys in there with different heights, different sizes, but he made a lot of plays in college and that is what the game is about – making plays.”

That’s a sentiment that Ball echoed.

“I’m not surprised,” Ball said. “He’s had that mindset his whole life.”

Both players remembered Wilson being extremely focused during their times as teammates.

“He was just a robot,” Ball said. “He was straight to business. He would joke around and stuff like that but he was really focused. You could see that – everyone could see that.”

“He was at home, studying, at the facility looking at film or things like that,” Irving added. “He was always in the book.”

While both spoke fondly of Wilson, Ball said that they haven’t talked since the season started as each was focused on his own team.

“Once the season started no texting, none of that,” Ball said. “But beforehand, yeah – just because of the great relationship he had in college. At times I would ask him – once he took off – I’d ask him how the NFL was and all that stuff. Right now, he’s the enemy.”