Wilson named Seahawks' starting quarterback

SEATTLE, WA (WWBT) - Russell Wilson led Collegiate to a state championship in high school, led Wisconsin to the Rose Bowl during the 2011 season and now he'll lead the Seattle Seahawks on the field as their starting quarterback.

Seahawks' head coach Pete Carroll announced on Sunday night that Wilson will be the starting quarterback when Seattle opens its 2012 regular season schedule against Arizona on September 9.  Wilson beat out off-season free agent acquisition Matt Flynn for the job.  Carroll said Wilson would also start Thursday's preseason finale against the Raiders.

Seattle signed Flynn, who had been Aaron Rodgers' back-up in Green Bay, to a three year, 26 million dollar deal, prior to selecting Wilson in the third round of April's NFL Draft.

Wilson will become the first third-round draft pick to start at quarterback as a rookie since 1973.

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