Seahawks’ Russell Wilson: ‘I’m passionate about trying to be the best in the world’
Aug 15, 2018, 12:14 PM
Russell Wilson has already accomplished a lot in his NFL career.
He led the Seahawks to back-to-back Super Bowl appearances, including their first championship victory. He’s a four-time Pro Bowler. He even led the league in touchdown passes last season.
But true to form for a man known for proclaiming there is “no time to sleep,” Wilson proved with his words on 710 ESPN Seattle’s Brock and Salk that there is still plenty driving him.
“It’s year 7 and I’m just at the beginning of where I want to go, so the time is now,” Wilson told Brock Huard and guest host Tom Wassell. “… I’ve always wanted to be consistent and I think that for me, that’s what I focus on. I focus on trying to have good habits on and off the field and surround myself just with clear thoughts. It’s something I’m passionate about. I’m passionate about trying to be the best in the world.”
That adds some perspective to Wilson’s dedication to his preparation.
“I’ve always lived life with a purpose. Your lifestyle can’t be random,” he said. “You can’t be random in how you prepare and how you work if you want to great at something, especially playing quarterback. I believe it’s the toughest position in the world and the circumstances and what it takes it to be great and to be great consistently.”
So how does he go about improving now in the seventh year of his career?
“I’ve always wanted to be my biggest critic in how I prepare. There’s always the fine details, from how you hand the ball off to the checks and the things that you do and the fake checks and everything else. You really want to be able to master the game.”
You can hear a clip of Wilson’s interview embedded above, or find the whole segment in this podcast of Wednesday’s edition of Brock and Salk.
Short but powerful
You would think an offensive lineman would be the favorite to win a Seahawks home run derby contest, but Wilson, a former minor league infielder who has spent time with the Yankees and Rangers in spring training, was victorious in the annual training camp derby on Monday.
The thing that Wilson told Huard and Wassell stuck out to him from the contest, however, was a photo he saw afterwards with him next to some of the O-linemen. At 5-foot-11, Wilson’s size has always been a hot topic when it comes to discussing his ceiling on the football field. And after seeing the photo, Wilson maybe saw why that has been the case.
“Dang, Duane, I didn’t realize I’m that small,” Wilson exclaimed to 6-4, 215-pound left tackle Duane Brown.