Seahawks QB Russell Wilson: ‘I hope it’s not my last game’ in Seattle
The Seahawks are just a few days away from taking on the Detroit Lions in what will be the team’s final home game of a disappointing 2021 season. For two franchise icons, they’re hoping it’s not their final home game as members of the team.
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On Wednesday, perennial All-Pro linebacker Bobby Wagner, whose contract is up after the 2022 season, told reporters that when it comes to the future, “you think about it.”
“You think about what the next year looks like and what the future holds because this was a season I don’t think we all planned for,” he said. “We didn’t plan for the season to go this way, so, obviously, there’s going to be some changes.”
Those changes could involve many key members of the franchise, including Wagner, head coach Pete Carroll, general manager John Schneider and Wagner’s 2012 draftmate quarterback Russell Wilson.
Wilson is signed through the 2023 season, but with the Seahawks at 5-10 a season after Wilson reportedly was OK being traded to a select few teams, there’s a lot of speculation that this Sunday against the Lions may be the star quarterback’s final home game in Seattle.
Wilson spoke with reporters on Thursday and brought up what Wagner discussed the day prior.
“I know you asked Bobby about ‘could this be your last game’ and all that. I know for me personally, I hope it’s not my last game (in Seattle), but at the same time I know it won’t be my last game in the NFL,” Wilson said. “So I’m just focused on today and getting better today. That’s my focus, that’s my goal. I love this city and love this moment and I love these guys, so we’ve just got to make sure we get better today. That’s the only thing that matters.”
Wilson was later asked about those comments regarding the possibility that this Sunday may be his final home game as a member of the Seahawks.
“I guess I was replying back to what Bobby had mentioned and just saying that you never know,” he said. “But for me personally, I hope it’s not. I’m saying I hope it’s not. But I’m also saying that in terms of the preparation that the reality is this won’t be my last game in the NFL period. So every day you’ve got to give everything you have. There’s no take the day off here or take the day off there. I guess that’s more so what I meant. ”
Earlier in the press conference, Wilson discussed the topic of change in the sports world.
“One thing you find out about sports and just life and careers in general, but sports in particular is there’s always change, there’s always movement, there’s all of that,” he said. “The best way to predict the future is to focus on today. That’s always the truth. I think for me in particular, I’m focused on today and how we can get better, how I can get better, how this team can get better. But like I’ve said, excellence is the standard and I think that’s what we want to be able to match to be able to get back to winning and championships and everything else.”
Wilson also made it clear what his goals are for the rest of his career.
“I know for me personally, I’ve always thought about it and I’ve never been shy about it — I want to win three more Super Bowls,” he said. “That’s been in my head. For me, it’s how do we get there? How does that happen? How do we do all that?”
Wilson was asked if he believes he can win those three titles as a member of the Seahawks.
“I hope so. Obviously we can’t do it not being in the playoffs right now,” Wilson said. “But I think that most importantly it takes a lot of effort, it takes a lot of things, a lot of pieces and I think that we have them all, a good amount of those pieces and a lot of them. It’s been a tough season, man … It’s been challenging.”
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