Russell Wilson to host new show on ESPN
Russell Wilson, part-time broadcast extraordinaire, is taking his talents to ESPN, where he will take over Jon Gruden's QB Camp series with a new show titled "QB2QB With Russell Wilson."
All four 30-minute episodes of the series will premiere April 17.
Wilson will school four NFL draft prospects -- Oklahoma State's Mason Rudolph, Ohio State's J.T. Barrett, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and Penn State's Saquon Barkley -- and "discuss his own NFL experiences from the past six seasons, including making the transition from college to the NFL, winning and losing Super Bowls, being the face of an NFL franchise, starting over with new coaches, and building relationships with teammates."
(The episode with Barkley, a running back, will be QB2RB.)
"Jon Gruden's QB Camp was one of my favorite experiences of the NFL Draft process because it helped prepare me for some of the physical and mental demands of playing in the NFL," Wilson said in a press release. "Now, I'm excited to have the opportunity to meet Baker, Saquon, Mason and J.T. to try to help them get ready for the next level as part of ESPN's QB2QB. At the same time, I look forward to feeding off their energy and excitement as I prepare myself for the new experiences that await me this season."
According to the ESPN release, Wilson's show will "explore mental conditioning with Wilson and his cognitive coach Trevor Moawad."
Gruden, now the head coach of the Oakland Raiders, had an eight-year run from 2010-17 with his QB Camp series, mentoring more than 50 quarterbacks.
"Russell is an ideal mentor for these young players entering the NFL. He overcame a fair amount of skepticism when he joined the league and worked hard to become one of the NFL's top players," said ESPN Monday Night Football producer Jay Rothman, who will oversee the project along with producer Josh Hoffman. "Our QB Camp series with Jon Gruden highlighted the relationship between coach and quarterback; this new iteration of the series will now explore the mentoring relationship between NFL veteran and these soon-to-be rookie players."
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