O’Brien has discussed his decision in the past, but Wilson had remained quiet on what went on behind the scenes leading up to his departure from Raleigh, North Carolina. That was until Saturday when he gave a commencement speech at Wisconsin’s graduation and addressed that very topic.
In his speech, Wilson recounted the conversation he had with O’Brien prior to Wilson returning for his senior season at NC State. In Wilson’s words, he was not only told that he would not start at quarterback for the Wolfpack, he was told he would not get the opportunity to play for NC State.
“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. He told me I wasn’t coming back,'” Wilson recalled, as transcribed by ESPN.
“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. 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.”
Wilson’s account of his talk with O’Brien doesn’t paint the coach in the best light with Wilson claiming O’Brien told the player to give up playing football because he had “no chance” of making the NFL. As we all know, Wilson went on to a fantastic season at Wisconsin and has become a Super Bowl winning quarterback with theSeattle Seahawks.
Tom Brady probably won’t be pursuing a career as a chef anytime soon, but maybe he should. His cookbook has been a hot-seller.
Forget Rachael Ray or Gordon Ramsey. If you want the best recipes in your kitchen, you need to get your hands on a copy of Brady’s cookbook. Of course, you can’t actually do that, because the cookbook is sold out on Brady’s website.
If you do get your hands on a copy, Brady knows what recipe you should make first. During an interview with GQ this week, the Patriots quarterback revealed which one of the 89 recipes is his favorite.
Before the big reveal though, Brady would like to make something clear about his book of recipes.
“It’s not a cookbook,” Brady told GQ. “It’s a nutrition manual.”