What is Russell Wilson thinking?
While we’re all left guessing, there may be only one other person who knows what’s going on in Russell Wilson’s head as he negotiates his contract with the Seahawks.
“In truth, since February, it’s not something he talks about or concerns himself with,” Trevor Moawad, a mental conditional coach who works with Wilson, told “Danny, Dave and Moore” on 710 ESPN Seattle.
“I know people want that to be something you would be thinking about all the time, but those things have a way of working themselves out,” he said. “Every athlete understands that there is a market, and however that market works out you have a management team that will go out and do what their job is to do. And you hope that the past three years you have done what you can to put yourself at the top of the market.”
Moawad noted that, right now, Wilson is concerned with training and taking part in the upcoming Nickelodeon Kids Choice Sports Awards.
Moawad, of Moawad Consulting, is a mental conditioning coach who has worked with a wide range of athletes, specializing in the niche field of sports psychology.
“What you are trying to do is take a look at why teams win, why athletes win, and start to understand and study the characteristics of elite thinkers, elite performers,” Moawad said. “And how those same habits are available to [athletes] should they choose to adopt them.”
Moawad says Wilson is at the level, mentally, of other great athletes such as Michael Jordan or Usain Bolt. But Wilson has a unique mindset that Moawad believes is uncommon among his young athletic peers.
“To me, Russell is like a mini-Nick Sabin,” he said, referring to the head football coach at the University of Alabama. “Coach Sabin developed summer reading lists and spring reading lists, and he is always on the cutting edge of the things we can do to get better.”
“With 25-, 26-, 27-year-olds, they typically don’t really think that way,” he said. “Everything is reactive. They have cramps, then they look at the nutrition piece. They struggle with injuries, then they look at the rehabilitative piece with physical therapy. Russell does all those things without having to have the trauma. He doesn’t need a bad circumstance to happen to get ahead of it.”
What it comes down to is a simple concept that many young athletes miss early in their career, according to Moawad. Wilson has a unique sense of forethought.
“He’s identified the habits that he wants to get behind and he’s sought out the best people in the industry to support him,” Moawad added.