Seahawks' QB Wilson has Mississippi roots

OK, so you saw Seattle Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson lead his team to a 24-14 road victory over Washington and Robert Griffin III and into the second round of the NFL playoffs. Right?

You saw Wilson pass for 187 yards and run for 84 more without a turnover. Right?

But did you see Wilson blow past Marshawn Lynch to throw a downfield block on Lynch’s 27-yard touchdown run? Wilson made the other players, including Lynch, look like they were standing still.

Wilson’s magnificent performance might get lost in all the hubbub about RGIII’s injury and whether he should have been playing or not. This much is certain: Wilson sure played. Extremely well.

And now you need to know the rest of the story.

Russell Wilson, who played his college football at North Carolina State and Wisconsin, has some Mississippi in him. His father was born in Jackson. Yes, and his grandfather, Harrison B. Wilson, was for 17 years the basketball coach at Jackson State. Harrison Wilson preceded Hall of Famer Paul Covington as JSU’s basketball head coach. He could coach, too. His record over 17 seasons at JSU was 371 victories, 93 defeats.

Thanks to W.C. Gorden, JSU’s Hall of Fame coach, for that info. . . .

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