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Russell Wilson: “I believe God placed me in this city for a reason”

Post by TJ Cotterill / The News Tribune on Jan. 22, 2014 at 3:54 pm with 43 Comments »
January 22, 2014 3:54 pm

Russell Wilson and the Super Bowl? He says he was destined for it.

He told the Seattle Seahawks before Sunday’s NFC Championship game that they were there for a reason. Now with Seattle searching for its first Super Bowl in franchise history, he believes this is the team that is destined to bring it the Lombardi Trophy.

“I believe God placed me in this city for a reason,” Wilson said. “I’m going to trust that. That never wavers for me. I’m going to trust that the Lord has put me here for a reason and the guys we are are the right guys.”

He also defended teammate Richard Sherman in his press conference today.

“I guess you can call it a mistake, I don’t know,” Wilson said of Sherman’s postgame interview. “It’s just one of those things where he is so passionate about the game of football. … I definitely respect Richard Sherman, he is one of my good friends. I love him to death.

Here is most of the rest of what Wilson had to say:

What are your thoughts on Peyton Manning?

Obviously a hall of fame quarterback, who I have tons of respect for. I actually went to the Peyton Manning passing academy when I was younger and I really like him then, still do, just the way he plays the game, he is a tremendous individual. He has great attention to detail, great leadership and he has won a lot of games. So we are going to have to play our best football game, we know that, we know he is a great football player.

Is there value in looking at the preseason game you played against them?

Yeah there is definitely value. Anytime you play a team there is value in terms of looking at the preseason game against them, just looking at their players, seeing them on our football field and all that. That was a great game, even though it was a preseason game. We are looking forward to it. All the games we’ve played this season, it comes down to this one. It comes down to 1-0, like I’ve been saying all year. Having that championship mindset, having a great week this week. That’s the most important thing right now, having a great day today, then having a great day tomorrow and let the days add up and lets see what happens next week.

Whats about Peyton did  you take away from that passing academy?

In terms of the passing academy when I met Peyton for the first time, just there are thousands of kids there, and I was actually in his group, with 12 or 15 other guys. Just how much care he showed for the kids. How much detail he always talked about and how much of a perfectionist he was. I try to use that in my game. I have got a long ways to go obviously, but I just try to do all the little things and that is what he does. He takes tons of notes, does a lot of great things and he puts his team in a position to win football games.

How old were you?

I was in 10th grade, maybe 16, 15 years old.

Did you mention the academy to him when you have met him since?

When I was getting drafted, going through the whole draft process, the Broncos brought me out to Denver, he was in the locker room. And he was sitting there and I went up to talk to him. He said, ‘Have I seen you before?” He was like, “I think i’ve seen you, yeah I think i’ve seen you before somewhere.” I was like, ‘Well, you actually coached me in the Manning Passing Academy. I loved him to death. He is a great person first of all and obviously a great football player. I have a lot of respect for him.

Did you ever think what it would be like to be teammates with him, had he signed with Seattle?

Of course. I never thought about being teammates with him, but in terms of his game, I try to emulate a lot of the things he does, in terms of the knowledge he has for the game. Then obviously making all the throws and all that, but his knowledge separates him from everybody else. THat’s I’m trying to work to. It will be cool to watch him and all that, I’ll be still focused on our football team, but I’ll watch a few snaps here and there. But He’s just a great football player.

He has used commercials and advertising to extend himself. Do you ever look at him as an example of what you can kind of do?

You have to look at one of the best football players to ever play the game as an example in all facets of life. Obviously on the field and all the advertisements that he does and all that. He is just so consistent with his approach. He wants to do everything right. His brand is great. SO you want to be like that.

How does this compare with a regular bye week?

This week, our biggest goal it to game plan and get everything in before we leave SUnday. We want to be prepared to play a great game and to have an extra week, is big for us. We know they are gamplanning too. The biggest thing this week is watching tons of film. Noticing their guys. They play in the AFC so we don’t get to play them all the time, so just recognizing what they do extremely well. I think the other thing is just get the game planning underway and knowing the plays and understanding the concepts and all that because once we got to New York there are going to be a lot of possible distractions. You want to focus on just playing the football game so once we get there we will already have one week of instillation and we can go over it again next week.

What have you seen from their defense?

The defensive front is so strong with Knighton. He’s just a very physical football player. He causes havoc and same with the rest of the guys. The biggest thing for us is staying on schedule, being aggressive at the point of attack, and when we throw the football try to come up with some explosive plays but also try to get a first down and make sure we are doing a good job on third down.

What was your take on Richard’s post game interview and the reaction?

Richard is an unbelievable football player, he makes all the plays. I have tons of respect for him. He’s one of the most intelligent players you will ever meet. He plays the game with tons of passion, tons of fire. We are going to the Super Bowl, it was one of those things where he got excited. I know he apologized for all the distractions and all that, but is one of those people where he is always focused on how he can improve, how he can help our football team, and he’s a great teammate. He didn’t mean to blow it all up, he was just so excited, he played a great game, made a huge play for us.

Did you watch the interview?

I saw some of it, just because it’s all over. But I try not to pay attention. I literally try to ignore all the noise, I try not to watch much ESPN or any of that. Especially in big games like this, it’s one of those things where you try to keep it focused on our football team, and I know Richard is always focused on our team and what he can do to help us win games.

Has it been a distraction, the reaction?

Not at all. Our team is so focused on what we can do to play a great game.

Richard has tremendous character. He got fired up, I guess you can call it a mistake. I don’t know. It just one of those things where he is so passionate about the game of football. I know that is not how he is on a regular basis, day in and day out. He’s one of the most intelligent people you will ever meet. I definitely respect Richard Sherman, he is one of my good friends, I love him to death.

Have you reached out to anyone who has been in the Super Bowl?

Yeah, I’ve reached out to several players. SEveral quarterbacks. It’s going to be a great night. At the end of the day it comes down to just executing your plays, being focused, eliminating the distractions, especially once you get there, getting all the tickets out of the way, getting family situation early in the week, that’s already done for me, I got that done on Monday. So everything is really consistent for me right now. I’m looking forward to it and this week and today’s practice.

I talked to Drew Brees and a couple other players. I talked to some guys who have done a good job in big games, and all that. I talked so some players who were there last year and I actually went to the Super Bowl last year just to get a feel for it. I remember last year when we lost to Atlanta I went to the SUper Bowl after the Pro Bowl. That is one of the things I wanted to pay attention to. One of the things I remember as players as a quarterback and all that, you have to understand the difference in time. The week of preparation, but also the game. The game, you have all the warm ups like normal, but then you have people singing and all that stuff that takes an extra 25-30 minutes. That’s the great part about it and the emotional part of it all, but you have to understand not getting warmed up too early, not getting fired up to early and you have to think about halftime. You think about the 35-40 minute halftime and last year with the lights going off. You have to be in the moment, relax as much as possible and go out there and play a great game.

How soon were you watching film on the Broncos or did you take any time to celebrate?

Yeah, I went out SUnday night. Went out to dinner, went to Metropolitan Grill. Had a good time, listening to some Frank Sinatra. Other than that, I got focused pretty quick.

Did you stay for the whole Super Bowl?

Yeah, I wanted to get a feel for it. Just in case we got there and I believed we would be. Sure enough we are.

How do balance the distraction and taking things in?

I definitely try to eliminate as many distractions as possible and make sure the biggest thing is my study time. Make sure I am studying that much more. Making sure I’m going to a quiet place and trying to study like I normally do. ANd you have to have respect for what the game is. THis is the ultimate game. It’s the SUper Bowl. Yo look forward to those moments, you take all that in.

Have you thought about what this does for RUssell WIlson?

The thing I’ve thought about more than anything is what this does for the organization. We are trying to win a Super Bowl and we want to be the first ones to win it in this organization. That’s in our mind set. We believed we could get here, now we are here and it’s time to play for 1-0. I think for obvklusy Peyton’s legacy, it’ subleiveslable. all the things he’s done are pretty miraculous. For me, I’m taking it one year at a time. To win a Super Bowl, that’s what I want to win most. Every year you go into it you want to win a Super Bowl. It’s a lot of great play and I’m looking forward to it. I’m not going to shy away from it. I believe this is one of the reasons God gave me the ability to throw a football. To be in the big situations and help our football team win games.

What did the defense do in New Orleans when they saw him line up?

It’s hard to stop Percy. he can run, catch and his kick returning ability is unbelievable. It’s hard to figure out how to stop him Some teams want to go one-high and then he can go by people, then team go two-high and we can run with with Marshawn or Percy or Turbin. We want to be variety, we want to flip the script and make the defense think a little bit.

This is the first team since the 1990 Bill to not have a player with Super Bowl experience on the roster. Is that a good thing?

I think it shows how good our football team really is. Our team is extremely young, we are one of the youngest in the league and to be here right now, one of our things is we want to win a lot of Super Bowls and to do that, you have to win the first one. ALl of our guys are fired up, I think we have a certain itch to us. ON the other side, they have a lot of players who have won Super Bowls, and big games like that. We know they are going to prepare the right way and understand how to prepare the right way. We are going to listen to our coaches, and prepare however is best for us. For us, it’s the details, it’s the energy and swagger we try to bring to the games, and our fans as well. We are going to be us. At the end of the day, with all the cameras and the lights, it’s not going to be different. The whistle is still going to blow at the end of the play, there is still going to be first, second and third down, there is still going to be a game on the line, and we are looking forward to those moments.

How does your faith affect your focus?

In terms of my faith, I believe I am here for a reason. That’s what told the guys last week, that we were in the NFC Championship for a reason. I believe that God placed me in this city for a reason. I’m going to trust that, that never wavers for me. I’m going to trust that the Lord has put me here for a reason and the guys we have are the right guys. I believe in our coaching staff, I believe in everything we have. At the end of the day, I trust the God-given ability that I have and I’m never going to waver from that. I trust in what I can do, and my preparation. I’m excited about the game, excited about the moment and playing one play at a time, just like always. And hopefully it is the best 60 minutes of my time.

How much are you paying attention to the weather?

We know it could be a factor. Obviously its been snowing like crazy. I have tons of family on the East Coast and they are all letting me know that there is 12 inches of snow right now. It’s hopefully going to pass over, if not, we are going to play in it and it’s always fun to play in the snow.

How many snow games have you played in?

One I believe.

What has your mom meant to you?

My mom has meant everything to me. My mom and my dad. She’s been so consistent in her faith. She just shows me so much love all the time. She always believes in me. Both my parents always have. I always believed I’d be here. You ask the people that are in my small circle, they’ve always believed I could be here. My mom is not surprised I’m here. I trust in my ability.

What is Kearse like as a teammate?

He is the ultimate teammates. So physical, fast, knowledge in the game and he believes in his talent. He is one of the guys in the beginning of the year I said was going to step up for us and make big plays. He’s been exceptional for us all year and I really noticed that in this offseason and rookie mini camp. You notice how well he catches the football. He is a great football player and a great teammate. He lifts everybody else up in the locker room.

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  1. Whether you like it or not, Wilson has some Tebow in him from being a man of faith perspective (not NFL talent perspective). If you follow him on Twitter or facebook – you’re going to get your bible verses and if it would have been Tebow talking about going to the Super Bowl the way Wilson did the other day – he’d be villified (if that’s a word). But Wilson did it so those who hate Tebow on the Insiders Blog give Wilson a pass (but will continue to make fun of Tebow the person who would have said the same thing if he’d made it to the Super Bowl as a starting QB).

    If you’re a Tebow, people hate you. If you’re a Sherman who talks, people hate you. If you’re an Aldon Smith – people like you because you went to treatment and are trying.

  2. Southendzone says:

    I follow RW and some other religious leaning Hawks on twitter, I don’t mind the scripture they post at all. Actually I tend to enjoy them, & I’m not too religious myself.

    When RW says he thinks God put him in Seattle for a reason… wow… if we win a week from Sunday, I don’t think there’s any way I can disagree with him.

    The guy is inspiring, there’s no way around it. After the NFC champ game, when he said “Why Not Us?” It is enough to make you believe anything.

  3. montanamike2 says:

    I’m glad RW doesn’t have some stupid kneel down or bicept kissing celebration after his TD’s.

  4. montanamike2 says:
  5. raymaines says:

    I don’t follow anybody on Twitter, I am pretty religious actually, and I’m buying any of it.

    I don’t know about the Seahawks and Broncos exactly, but I’d bet all across the NFL there are about the same number of good solid Christian men, and those of other faiths, and men of no faith at all on every roster.

    RW and I, and everybody else can believe whatever we want, but believing that God has a hand in the outcome of NFL games doesn’t make theological sense. Nor does the idea that saying your prayers at night somehow protects a person from injury. Having a lot of really big, fast, and talented football players on your team has more to do with a teams destiny than your religion. Sez me anyway.

  6. raymaines says:

    That would be “not buying any of it”…

  7. RDPoulsbo says:

    Can’t remember where, but it was some enough with the outrage article on Sherman where he wished some player interviewed would tell the cameras that he’s sorry that God hates the other team so much and turn that cliché on it’s head. I really don’t care when a sports figure uses the God loves me and my team thing, but it is a pretty stupid cliché.

  8. Hawkjitsu says:

    It’s funny that anyone overtly speaking about religion is a “Tebow”, even though stars and athletes alike have done it for decades before him.

  9. RDPoulsbo says:

    What annoyed me most about the whole Tebow thing was that due to his complete lack of QB skills, God used divine intervention to make him win in spite of said lack of QB skills. Tebow himself wasn’t so objectionable (other than the lack of skills), but his supporters were the ones that were especially unlikeable.

  10. Tebow is not in the NFL because he is not a good NFL QB. His fans imagine it is his religious discrimination keeping him out. It isn’t.

    Wilson is a good NFL QB.



  11. Correction: “Religious discrimination against him”, not “his” religious discrimination.

  12. Southendzone says:

    Ok maybe God doesn’t care who wins a football game, but weren’t there a bunch of slaves in Egypt or something, and God sent Moses along to take them to a killer new life?

    What if all us Seattle Sports fans are like those slaves and RW is here to lead us to the promised land? Sure it’s a stretch but use your imagination a bit. Work with me here.

  13. Why did people hate him even in college when he was winning the Heisman and National Championships? He hadn’t even proven that he sucked as an NFL QB yet.

  14. tealskin says:

    God has a favorite team? What a world. Guess he has a favorite flavor of ice cream too.

  15. Glossman says:

    Perhaps he was put in Seattle to do great things, and he already has results to back up that notion.

    Interestingly, in looking at the big picture, I found some cool facts:

    With a win in the Super Bowl, the Seahawks will even their all-time playoff record at 11-11.

    With the NO win in the divisional round, the Seahawks have won at least one playoff game in each year they’ve made the playoffs since 2005, which is 6 seasons.

    If the Seahawks finish 13-3 next season, the team’s all-time regular season record will stand at 306-306, which will be the first time the franchise has been at .500 since it was 0-0 before they played their first game in 1976. After the 2007 season, the Seahawks were 246-254, which is the closest the team has been to .500 since 1976.

    These are truly interesting times to be a Seahawks fan!

  16. doubledink says:

    Mostly, it was the continuous Tebowing and giving thanks to “his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” that caused people to react to Tim Tebow. They were like, “OK, we get it”. It was the in-your-face factor that got them.

    In his defense, it is who he is; who he was from day one, consistently. He didn’t change. He isn’t going to change.

    All of us have beliefs and opinions but that’s not what we’re here to talk about. Doesn’t mean we don’t care about them. Just that’s not what we’re here about. Folks expected Tim to understand that.

  17. raymaines says:

    The people that over reacted to Timbo are the exact opposite / exactly the same people that have over reacted to RS’s tirade after Sundays game. Screwballs that don’t have any sense of proportion, that take themselves way too seriously, and who only see the world in shades of black and white.

  18. raymaines says:

    and SEZ: Yeah, RW being sent by God to lead Seattleites out of the darkness of despair and into the promised land makes more sense than anything else I’ve heard.

  19. raymaines says:

    except that would mean Seattleites were somehow God’s chosen people and I’m not quite ready for that. Sounded good for a minute though.

  20. Hey, Golden Tate did catch TDs by touchdown Jesus and now he’s catching some TDs from Wilson. Coincidence? I think not! lol :)

  21. RDPoulsbo says:

    Sure, but they didn’t make it to the Superbowl until Michael Bowie got here.

  22. juliusvrooder says:

    Russell and Tebow and Staubach before them prayed that God would let them be their best selves. That he would let them shine. When Russell went into the pile to get help for the injured opponent he was shining. He said God placed him here for a reason. He did NOT say it was to win football games. The Holy Spirit motivates him to visit sick children. Perhaps he was born only to motivate one of those children first to wellness then to greatness. A man of faith is fine with that math. God loves his bankshots. Those of us who love him love His sense of humor. Go Hawks.

  23. skystyler says:

    Great stats Glossman. Safe to say, at some point during the next few years of the Carroll era the seahawks will go above .500 for the very first time. Thats awesome!

  24. For sure, there’s no way the Hawks would be in the Super Bowl if it weren’t for Michael Bowie. No way. Bowie is the greatest use of a 7th round pick in the history of the world.

  25. Bobbyk–I disagree. I loathe Tebow, for reasons manifold, and I really like RW. I’m not above fairly criticizing either player.

    Now, I am uncomfortable with any player that thinks God is rewarding them for their piety with success on the football field. I felt that way as a very religious kid, and I still feel that way as an Adult who abhors organized religion.

    But while RW us humble and genuine in his Jesus-drunk brain, Tebow is fake humble. RW earned his job the hard way, while making peanuts, and never tried to get his followers to pressure the team into vaulting Flynn on the depth chart after miserable performances. Tebow on the contrary believes that no matter how poor he performs in practice, or even in games, that God will make him win and what really burns my butt is Tebow completed 2 passes a game and felt HE won the game–not the defense who held at 10 points less, not the line or backs who ran the ball 57 times–oh no, it was Tebow completing two passes that won the game…

    Tebow is an egomaniac and fake; RW is misguided and annoying at times. But RW is still humble and can play; that’s the diff.

    But thinking you won a porting event–especially a team one like football–because God is rewarding you for piety is a special kind of stupid.

    I guess God loved Rapistberger more than Hass and Alexander?

  26. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I don’t care if Wilson believes that smoking pot will help him win the Super Bowl, so long as he believes strong enough and/or long enough he can choose any type of belief system to help him achieve his goals.

  27. Was Dick Butkus shining with holy light and Gods love and favor when he hit guys so hard they squeeled? When Night Trane Lane knocked people out, was God punishing them for not going to church?

    So Chris Clemons, our resident Bad Guy–His success is due to God?

    And Marc Mariani’s injuries are because he skipped church? I wonder what Bowman did to deserve his hideous injury…

    If Gid cared about Spirts and intervened, wouldn’t that violate Free Will?!

    Besides, the year the M’s won 100 games the evil Yankees beat us in the first round; proof God does NOT give a damn about sports!

  28. Well said Georgia; I always knew you were a pragmatist!

  29. RDPoulsbo says:

    Actually, I’d kind of care if he believed pot would help him win the Superbowl. Browner believed that and look where he is now. There’s still rules in the material world that hit you harder than the divine one.

  30. And before the cavalcade of hate descends on me for my two comments, let me just say that Montanamike is a great guy!

    He was kind enough to meet me in Bozeman for BBQ and show me around and garner his wife’s wrath by staying out late to chat with me about Seahawks football, logging, people, and life..

    Most enjoyable evening I’ve spent since dirt was young…Restored my faith in humanity, and myself..

    Thanks for not prejudging me Montanamike! You are a good guy.

  31. GeorgiaHawk says:

    RDPoulsbo- Wilson wouldn’t have a problem smoking pot this time of year, or when the NFL players aren’t tested.

    It’s the stupid players like Browner that won’t put it away when they know the time of year that the NFL is testing for it.

  32. Georgia–I snorted my drink just thinking about Wilson smoking pot…that guy would fall apart! Ridiculous!

    Never happen. He doesn’t need it, he’s exactly who what and where he’s supposed to be…

  33. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Pretty cool to hear STTBM and Montanamike hooked up.

    I have this vision of you two running off the weirdo’s at the hot springs.

  34. GeorgiaHawk says:

    STTBM- Wilson is growing his hair out. That could be a sign he is on the pot as my Dad would say. Lol.

  35. Georgia–Only if they talked crap about Sherm. Otherwise we’d be more likely to ignore them. We’re only dangerous when provoked; otherwise we are gentlemen.

  36. Georgia–On the pot!! Lol!! My grandma–God rest her soul–referred to it as “puffin’!”, with the same disgust!

  37. thursday says:

    11-11 huh? Because of #11 perhaps? Lol

  38. STTBM, this is one area I won’t give you any crap on. You can breathe a sigh of relief. ;-)

    I don’t really think the Tebow-RW comparison is a fair one. Tebow had to insert his faith and his savior into every interview he did. It gets old. RW does not. The only thing he always says in an interview is “Go Hawks”. I think it’s nonsense that god placed him anywhere, but it’s his right to feel that way. He’s not constantly beating the drum like Tebow did in football related interviews.

    Additionally, Tebow couldn’t hit water from a boat, but his fanatical fans would lobby and buy billboards pushing him to be the starter regardless. They didn’t care if he sucked. He was a man of god. That got really annoying. And the proof is in the pudding. What is Tebow doing these days? Helping an NFL team as much as I am.

  39. ChrisHolmes says:

    Why do people keep insisting that those of us who hated Tebow hated him because of his faith? Seriously: his faith has NOTHING to do with it!

    I despised (past tense, he’s out of the NFL now) Tebow because he the attention given to him as a player and NFL QB was completely INVERSE to his skill and talent level. Never in the history of the NFL have I ever seen a player with such poor skills and talent receive such unwarranted attention. It was insulting to the rest of the players in the NFL who actually possessed talent at their given positions. I understand the media loves to manufacture stuff, but Tebow’s stardom was ridiculous. He was, and remains, the Paris Hilton of the NFL: No talent, all the attention.

    The attention given to Tebow THE FOOTBALL PLAYER is what sickened me. It was obvious before he was even drafted that he didn’t have a modicum of NFL talent in him. Long delivery, poor velocity, horrible footwork, a complete absence of accuracy, an inability to read a defense… the list goes on. Worst NFL QB prospect EVER.

    And yet it was talked about and followed and supported more than any other player.

    I get that some of that attention was due to his faith. And that’s fine; if people of faith want to latch on to an NFL player because of his faith, that’s their right and their business.

    But to tout him as some sort of savior, or to credit him with wins that were not because of him, but in spite of him, was disgusting.

    I’m glad Tebow is exactly where I predicted his talent would take him: out of the NFL. Because now he’s not a story anymore. Good riddance.

  40. I believe that RW will lead us to the promised land. One more win. How cool would the Superbowl storyline be if it’s about the changing of the guard at QB. Manning passing the torch and the Lombardi to the next generation.

  41. I am not a god believer, due to in depth research on the subject, and wish people in sports would keep their beliefs to themselves. Like some have said already, it’s silly to think a god has put you somewhere, has given you a talent, has helped you win, etc… I don’t care if people choose to believe in a god, but when they say things like Russell has said, it makes them sound ignorant.

    Peyton Manning is a god believer as well, and puts that belief before his family. I’m sure Russell is the same way. I can’t understand how a person can put their faith (a belief without evidence) before the family that is evident, right in front of them to see and hold, and love.

    I have been a Seahawk fan since the beginning, and truly want to see them win the Superbowl. But, by chance they don’t, I won’t feel so bad after knowing that Russell thinks his god had a hand in placing him here for a reason.

    What will he say if they lose the Superbowl? “It wasn’t our time” or something like that. So cliche, as someone said earlier.

    GO HAWKS!!

  42. Russell believes he was put in Seattle for a reason. He did not say he was put here because God wants him to win the Superbowl. We are all given what we are given. What we do with that is our choice. Russell is one of the few individuals I have seen who’s internal drive seems directly connected to the source. Each of these people is humble yet they all make the most of their gifts without being tripped up by the external. They are self starters. Russell was asked a question and he gave a genuine answer. When people look at him and see his poise, tireless work ethic, humility & incredible passion for the game they will wonder how he does it? Without his unwavering faith would he be the QB about to lead his team to the Superbowl? I highly doubt it. I for one am thankful that he has made the choices that he has made for all of our benifit. We are all free to make our own choices.

  43. letsworkitout says:

    Stating God put him here to play football games is a bit over the top. That is letting yourself become bigger than you should. It is football for crying out loud.

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