Utah State Aggie Bobby Wagner Is NFL’s Highest-Paid LB


Linebacker Bobby Wagner is rumored to have signed a $43 million contract extension with the Seattle Seahawks late Saturday, which makes him the NFL’s highest-paid player at his position.

Not a bad deal for a former 2-star recruit.

Bobby Wagner landed at Utah State from Colony High School in Ontario, California, where he garnered minimal Div. I interest. Everyone else’s loss proved to be a huge gain for Utah State. Wagner was instrumental in the Aggies reaching their first bowl game in 14 years when, in the 2011 season, they played in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

He was incredible that season, leading Utah State with two interceptions, 11.5 tackles for loss and a whopping 147 total tackles.

He’s been outstanding since leaving Utah State for the NFL, evident in tonight’s contract extension.

Bobby Wagner is a model for future under-recruited prospects. We’re already seeing it again on the college landscape with Arizona’s Scooby Wright sweeping the 2014 defensive awards despite his two-star prospect status.

At Utah State, Bobby Wagner started a recent linebacker legacy that includes Miami Dolphin draftee and tackling machine Zach Vigil, Green Bay Packer Jake Doughty, and the Aggies’ current duo of Kyler Fackrell and Nick Vigil.

“We’ve had a string of really good linebackers, as players as well as leaders,” Mountain West preseason Defensive Player of the Year Fackrell said. “It’s kind of on us older guys to bring up the newer guys.”

Fackrell and Vigil are working to keep the run Wagner started at Utah State on the field. Now, Wagner has the resources to invest in the off-field amenities, such as facility upgrades, to ensure the Aggies’ legacy can continue to grow.