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Wilson leads Seahawks to Super Bowl XLVIII title

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- Photo Gallery; Badgers in Super Bowl XLVIII

You can't say Russell Wilson never saw this coming. The professional success that has followed Wilson's season at Wisconsin may have come as a surprise to some -- he's "too short" to be an NFL quarterback, remember -- but it certainly was not to Wilson.

"At the beginning of the year, I told the guys, 'Why not us?'" he said in the moments that followed a dominant 43-8 win for his Seattle Seahawks over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday.

Of course, Wilson's visions of hoisting the Lombardi Trophy go way to back to a time when his pro prospects were still murky. Speaking after a heartbreaking loss to Oregon in the 2012 Rose Bowl, Wilson said, "To lose the way we did, it's only going to make me stronger in the future. It's going to help me figure out something else, maybe, down the road. Maybe win a Super Bowl. You never know."

Now we know.

Wilson's Seahawks didn't just win -- they dominated. A spectacular defensive effort saw Seattle force four turnovers and snuff out one of the most prolific offenses in NFL history while Wilson went 18-for-26 through theair for 206 yards and a pair of touchdown passes. He also ran for 26 yards.

Those efforts made Wilson and teammates Chris Maragos and O'Brien Schofield the 11th, 12 and 13th former Badgers to claim a Super Bowl ring. Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell -- who guided UW to a Rose Bowl title and finished his career as the Badgers' all-time leading passer -- will get one, too.

On the other side, two-time UW All-American Montee Ball wrapped up his rookie campaign by rushing six times for 1 yard.

Russell and Montee: Teammates to Foes

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Super Bowl XLVIII: By the Numbers

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What they're saying: Badgers in Super Bowl XLVII (Saturday)

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Russell Wilson's special wallet

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Russell Wilson's exploits on and off the field, both as a Badger and a Seahawk, have been well documented. He made numerous visits to the American Family Children's Hospital during his time in Madison and is a regular visitor to the Seattle Children's Hospital. ESPN chronicled how one such visit turned into a special relationship and earned Wilson a unique keepsake.


What they're saying: Badgers in Super Bowl XLVII (Friday)

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Win season tickets with the Super Badgers Challenge

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Anyone who has watched the Super Bowl has played the games: who will win the coin toss, how long will the national anthem take, who will score the first touchdown? With all the Badgers connections in Super Bowl XLVIII, we're putting a UW spin on it. And the best part is, if you answer all 10 questions correctly, you could win a pair of season tickets for 2014.

How many rushing yards will Montee Ball have? Will Russell Wilson throw a TD pass? Will Chris Maragos or O'Brien Schofield make a tackle? If you think you know the answer, take the challenge.

If no one gets answers all 10 questions correctly, the person with the most right answers will win a pair of tickets to a home game of their choice. Good luck!

What they're saying: Badgers in Super Bowl XLVII (Thursday)

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As we creep closer to kickoff, the spotlight on Seahawks' QB Russell Wilson starts to become bigger and bigger. ESPN.com has three stories about the former Badgers star and The New York Times penned a profile as well. The Chicago Tribune is well aware of the UW theme in Super Bowl XLVIII and Barry Alvarez tells ESPNWisconsin.com what makes Rose Bowl winning QB Darrell Bevell a great coach.

-- Chicago Tribune - At Super Bowl XLVIII, it's 'On, Wisconsin' indeed
-- ESPN.com - The adoration of Russell Wilson
-- ESPN.com - Seattle QB plays for two generations
-- ESPN.com - Russell Wilson's kindness leaves mark
-- New York Times - A Standout Who's Easy to Miss
-- ESPNWisconsin.com - In his blood: Darrell Bevell was born to coach
-- St. Louis Post-Dispatch - From Wentzville to Super Bowl for Montee Ball
-- Lake County News Sun - Schofield will play important role in Super Bowl, even if he doesn't play at all

'Varsity' Magazine is out and has complete coverage of the Badgers in Super Bowl XLVIII.

We talk to 2009 team captain Chris Maragos about his incredible journey. It starts as a high school troublemaker and transitions to a walk-on wide receiver at Western Michigan. After that didn't work out, a bit of luck and perseverance turned him into a walk-on safety at Wisconsin and later an honorable mention All-Big Ten choice. His NFL path has been just as winding, from undrafted free agent, to out of a job, to special teams force. Among familiar faces with the Seahawks, he plans to savor this experience.





UWBadgers.com senior writer Mike Lucas caught up with Montee Ball, who touched on a number of topics, including his first text message from Peyton Manning, how he overcame his early season fumbling issues, and his advice to Melvin Gordon as he was trying to make a decision very similar to the one Ball had to make.

We asked a number of Badger student-athletes and coaches how they would spend Super Bowl Sunday. Which coach had to pass on tickets to the big game? Where is the football team gathering to watch their former teammates? Find out here.

You can subscribe to 'Varsity' Magazine here or download the iOS (http://go.wisc.edu/VarsityiOS) or Android (http://go.wisc.edu/VarsityDroid) App.
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