ESPN announced a replacement for Jon Gruden’s QB Camp series, and the name involved will be familiar to many NFL fans.
On Wednesday, the network made it known that Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson will star in QB2QB, which will debut in April. As mentioned in an ESPN release, Wilson will mentor top prospects such as quarterbacks Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma), Mason Rudolph (Oklahoma State) and J.T. Barrett (Ohio State), along with running back Saquon Barkley (Penn State).
The new show will begin with all four 30-minute episodes airing in prime time on April 17 on ESPN. (The network notes that the Barkley episode will be called QB2RB, which makes sense.)
Here’s more from ESPN’s release:
Wilson will host one-on-one conversations with each player later this month where he will 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.
QB2QB will also explore mental conditioning with Wilson and his cognitive coach Trevor Moawad. The Founder and President of Moawad Consulting Group, Moawad works with Wilson and other elite and professional athletes in self-awareness and mental skills training.
This new show follows an eight-year run by Gruden’s QB Camp, which became a popular fixture of ESPN’s pre-NFL draft coverage. Gruden recently was named the Oakland Raiders coach, after he was rumored to be a candidate during Tennessee’s coaching search last fall to replace Butch Jones.
Wilson is a Super Bowl champion and a four-time Pro Bowl player. He has 22,176 yards passing with 161 touchdowns since entering the NFL as a third-round pick in 2012.