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Former N.C. State Player Crushes Russell Wilson After Wisconsin Speech

Russell Wilson throws a pass for the Seahawks.

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 03: Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks passes against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first quarter at CenturyLink Field on December 3, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Russell Wilson was invited back to Wisconsin this weekend as the school's commencement speaker, and delivered an interesting speech which may have stretched the truth about how his career at N.C. State played out. Wilson claims that former Wolfpack head coach Tom O'Brien was frustrated with Wilson splitting time between baseball and football, and told him that he wouldn't see the field in his final year and had no chance to make the NFL.

Kalani Heppe, a former N.C. State lineman who played with Wilson in 2007, takes some serious exception with the things that Wilson said, accusing the Super Bowl-winning quarterback of making up '80-percent' of what he said. Heppe posted an expletive-laden rant about the speech on his Facebook page.

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Obviously, Heppe could have an axe to grind here, and was only Wilson's teammate for a year. Clearly, based on much of the response, those around the State program are not thrilled with Wilson's speech on Sunday.

[Backing the Pack]