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Famous quarterbacks? NC State has had its share

Then North Carolina State quarterback Russell Wilson, left, is chased down by South Carolina's Cliff Matthews during a game in 2009.
Then North Carolina State quarterback Russell Wilson, left, is chased down by South Carolina's Cliff Matthews during a game in 2009. AP

You might think N.C. State, which will play South Carolina on Saturday in the football season opener, is just a basketball school. It’s in the ACC, after all.

But the Wolfpack have had a number of well-know quarterbacks, including four who are currently in the NFL: Philip Rivers (Chargers), Russell Wilson (Seahawks), Mike Glennon (Bears) and Jacoby Brissett (Patriots).

Here are five of the biggest names who once played football for the Wolfpack:

Russell Wilson: Yes, he spent his final season as a graduate transfer at Wisconsin, but the Seattle QB initially made his mark at N.C. State.

Phillip Rivers: He set Wolfpack passing records and continues to put up big numbers with the Los Angeles Chargers.

Bill Cowher: Linebacker and team captain under coach Lou Holtz at N.C. State. Super-Bowl winning coach with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Torry Holt: Set then-ACC records for catches and went on to successful career in NFL, mostly with the Rams.

Roman Gabriel: Two-time All-American and two-time ACC Player of the Year at N.C. State, he went on to star with the Rams and Eagles.

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