The NFLPA Rookie Premiere is happening this weekend down in Los Angeles and works as a fun way to introduce a small group of the newly-drafted rookie class to the NFL world. They'll interact with sponsors and media, take part in a flag football game with some lucky fans, and just represent their team at a fun event that aims to break up the doldrums of the NFL offseason.
The two Seahawks' rookies in attendance are Russell Wilson and Robert Turbin, and SB Nation's Joel Thorman was there to chat with them about their experiences thus far.
Robert Turbin's Draft weekend was filled with surprises, and he recollected his selection by the Hawks. "I was...wow, really. It was crazy how the draft works, because the only time I talked to Seattle was at the Combine. We had a 15-minute conversation and that's it, and since then there was no contact, my agent hadn't talked to them, I hadn't talked to them. If you had asked me if I would be drafted by the Seahawks, I would've said 'no chance.'"
Russell Wilson was taken in the 3rd round by the Seahawks but was also drafted in another sport a little while back. When asked about his decision to stick with football over baseball, he replied, "I was drafted in the 4th round by the Rockies in 2010. The next day my dad passed away. It was one of those situations, I wondered if it was the right thing for me to do. I played for a month in Washington and I went back to NC State and had a great season. I had to figure out if I wanted to play baseball my entire life. I committed my time to it, went to spring training and realized that it's just not what I wanted to do with my life. There's nothing better than playing quarterback, the attention to detail, the competition and leading your team up the field with two minutes left with 75,000 people cheering for or against me."