Steak bets, Hail Marys and more: The lighter side of Seahawks’ Russell Wilson

Dec 22, 2015, 10:15 AM | Updated: 12:24 pm
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson says he could throw a 70-plus yard Hail Mary if need be. (AP)...
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson says he could throw a 70-plus yard Hail Mary if need be. (AP)
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Russell Wilson’s conversation with “Danny, Dave and Moore” on Monday wasn’t all about his recent record-setting play. Here’s a look at what the Seahawks quarterback talked about with the 710 ESPN Seattle show on Monday:

Wilson’s side bet with Tyler Lockett. Wilson has extra incentive to connect with rookie wide receiver Tyler Lockett on deep balls. “If I overthrow him I think he owes me a steak, so I think he owes me two steaks this year so far,” Wilson said. “I always tell him medium rare is how I like it.”

He’ll play favorites with his receivers, if he has to. “Danny, Dave and Moore” asked him choose one receivers to help him in certain situations. For a lifeline in a trivia contest, he chose Doug Baldwin because “he went to Stanford.” To prepare him a meal, Lockett “because he’s from the Midwest so he may be able to cook a little bit.” And to join him while stranded on a deserted island? “Jermaine Kearse, for sure. I think he’d find a way to get off the island.”

Wilson is plenty confident is his arm strength. Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers recently completed a 61-yard Hail Mary, but when asked about his own throwing ability, Wilson said he could throw even farther. “Seventy-plus yards. As far as it needs to be.” That means he could throw it to the end zone from his own 30-yard line? “Probably, yeah. I mean yes, I can, I definitely can throw it that far. The key is the time it takes, because the guys gotta run 70 yards, get there, blocking and then, boom, then you’ve got to throw it. But, for sure, I can definitely throw it 70.” By the way, Wilson’s most famous Hail Mary – the so-called “Fail Mary” against Green Bay in 2012 – came from the Packers’ 24-yard-line, but Wilson let the ball go from the 39 and it landed seven or eight yards deep in the end zone.

He quickly created a relationship with Jimmy Graham. Wilson called injured tight end Jimmy Graham an unbelievable football player but 100-times better person. “He’s become an amazing friend, he’s one of my best friends on my team. Obviously losing him was an unfortunate situation but I know he’ll come back stronger and that’s the exciting part about that guy.”

Wilson thinks Fred Jackson deserves an award. Running back Fred Jackson may be a first-year Seahawk, but he’s a nine-year NFL veteran that Wilson clearly looks up to. “Fred Jackson is a guy that’s been there every day, a guy that’s led the right way, a guy that’s so professional. You love him for that. And he’s been unbelievable to watch for me personally, just as I continue to grow, to watch how he maneuvers and all that. He can do it all. That’s why he’s lasted in the league so long; that’s why he will continue to last. He’s been a lot of fun to play around.”

Wilson is honored by Pete Carroll’s comparison. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll made a unique comparison on Monday, saying he sees similarities between Wilson and baseball Hall of Famer Willie Mays. “Ha ha, I love Willie Mays,” Wilson said in response to hearing Carroll’s comments. “If I could only be half as good a hitter as Willie Mays was I probably wouldn’t be here today. But no, Willie Mays is one of my favorite baseball players of all-time.”

He’s a proud brother. Wilson’s sister Anna, who attends Bellevue High School, recently received a basketball scholarship to Stanford, and big brother couldn’t be more proud. “Talk about no time to sleep – that girl, she gets it in. She’s ready to go, she’s ready to go to work every day and practice. She’s always working on her game. I believe she’s a little Steph Curry, just the girl version… She’s a point guard but she’ll shoot it from 10 feet behind the 3-point line. She doesn’t care; she’s relentless.”

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