[Watch] Out of His League: Russell Wilson Mentions Ciara and Shades Former Coach in Commencement Speech

Russell Wilson

[Watch] Out of His League: Russell Wilson Mentions Ciara and Shades Former Coach in Commencement Speech

Are you guys here for their Tyler Perry movie love story come to life?

Published May 16, 2016

Don't blame Russell Wilson. He just couldn't help himself.

Giving a guest commencement speech at the University of Wisconsin on Saturday, the Seattle Seahawks' star quarterback just had to use his podium time to sneak in a mention about his fiancée, Ciara.

We get it, bruh, you're gushing with love and excitement for your wife-to-be — and there's nothing wrong with that — but does that really mean that you have to continually remind us how you still can't believe CiCi said yes to marrying you?

It's like Russell is still in awe she said yes a full two months later, as it took him exactly 90 seconds into his commencement speech to acknowledge the feat.

"Of course, I’m also here to share some things I’ve learned — things like if you’re dating a woman that’s way out of your league, ask her to marry you," Wilson said at the podium before Wisconsin's graduates Saturday.

Congratulations, again, Russell. Yes, landing CiCi is more significant than any touchdown you'll ever score, but how many times must we hear this? Are y'all still here for this Tyler Perry movie love story come to life?

Seconds later, Wilson kept the self-reflection going, poking fun at his notorious interception on a second-and-goal possession from the one-yard line at Super Bowl XLIX in February 2015.

"If you can throw a football 80 yards, for some reason people think that’s pretty cool. And if you’re playing the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl and you’ve got 26 seconds left and you’re down by four and it’s second-and-goal on their 1-yard line, try not to throw an interception," Wilson said. "That’s purely, purely hypothetical though, of course."

All lovey-dovey mentions of Ciara and joking aside, Wilson did try to inspire the 2016 graduates by recounting how his former North Carolina State football coach, Tim O'Brien, told him he didn't have a shot of making it in the NFL. Wilson spent 2007-2010 at NC State before transferring to Wisconsin for his final college season in 2010-11.

"The summer before my senior year of college, I’m playing minor-league baseball. I called my football coach at NC State and said, ‘Hey coach, I’d like to come back for my senior year,’" Wilson reminisced. "He told me I wasn’t coming back. He said, ‘Listen, son, you’re never going to play in the National Football League. You’re too small. There’s no chance. You’ve got no shot. Give it up.’ Of course, I’m on this side of the phone saying, ‘So you’re telling me I’m not coming back to NC State? I won’t see the field?’ He said, ‘No, son, you won’t see the field.’

"Now this was everything I had worked for. And now it was completely gone," he continued. "If I wanted to follow my dream I had to leave NC State. I had no idea if I would get a second chance somewhere else."

Wisconsin granted him that second chance and the rest is history, as Wilson went on to become a third-round selection at the 2012 NFL Draft before leading the Seahawks to a Super Bowl victory in February 2014.

Perhaps more impressive to him is the fact that he's set to be Ciara's husband. So, in other words, he's not shocked to have defied odds to make the NFL, but he still believes he's out of his league when it comes to his future wife.

Check out Russ's full commencement speech below.

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Written by BET Staff

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