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Russell Wilson credits his champion’s poise to parents having him play multiple sports

Post by Gregg Bell / The News Tribune on Jan. 14, 2015 at 10:48 pm with 15 Comments »
January 14, 2015 10:48 pm

Posted this earlier, but I’ll put it up top this time to give it a headline — and for all the parents of sports-playing kids out there:

Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell was saying today Russell Wilson’s visualization of success and game situations are at a level above anyone he’s coached. And Bevell had the same job in Minnesota before coming to Seattle. With the Vikings he had some quarterback named Brett Favre.

That, Bevell said, is why Wilson is so good in these mega games like the one coming up Sunday, the NFC championship against Green Bay at CenturyLink Field.

“Number one his poise, I already talked about that,” Bevell said. “It’s all intangible stuff, you know. I don’t think it has anything to do with the skills on the field. We can all see that. We all know he can throw, he can run, he’s accurate. All those kind of things. I think it’s all the other stuff. The ability to lead, the ability to make big plays in big situations, to always be under control. The way he takes charge of his own preparation and making sure he’s prepared for every situation. We could just go on.”

Wilson credited two people for that. And it was cool to hear.

“My parents (Tammy and the late Harrison) raised me the right way. They’ve taught me, and I’ve been through a lot in my life, good and bad,” Wilson, who has described himself as a

Russell Wilson as an infielder -- and quarterback -- for North Carolina State (Photo from
Russell Wilson as an infielder — and quarterback — for North Carolina State (Photo from

bully growing up, said. “So I think this game is something that I’m gifted to be able to play.

“One of the greatest gifts I have is obviously to play in the game of football and what God gave me, but also my parents always in terms of pushing me to play multiple sports.  I think for me, being able to play football, basketball, baseball. … this generation a lot of times either parents or high school coaches or kids just in general they just want to play one sport. But for me I think that helps my game, first of all, in terms of being able to make different throws and all that.

“But also my mental game. I’ve been in so many situations where the game’s been on the line or so many times where you’ve been down a lot or the season is going well or not well, whatever the circumstances are. But you know how to get through those moments and also the rest of the things that happen in your life as well.  So it’s all a culmination of everything. That’s one of the things I’m grateful for.”

It’s cool for an athlete to constantly credit his parents for his success, as Wilson does about every other week. As a parent, that would make me ridiculously proud.

It’s also instructive for kids to know specializing in one sport as a teen — or, worse, a pre-teen — can cost him or her experiences like those Wilson is talking about, which can carry over from sports to life.


You can listen to more from Wilson here:


And here is the start of Wilson talking today about Sunday’s NFC title game against the Packers:

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  1. jawpeace says:

    While their is a benefit as Wilson says playing multiple sports. Problem is many kids today are dabblers. No real dedication to something. Getting bored with something and then moving on to something else. This does not help and skills that are needed to succeed are never developed, including hard work and dedication.
    Being a karate teacher for many years I have seen countless kids excited start up and then quit before reaching their original goal of becoming a black belt. Those that make it to black have great character along with their skills and have most of the time accomplish their other goals in life not quitting when it gets hard.
    So while I don’t see a problem with someone playing multiple sports as long as they stay with it for the duration of the whole season. But dabbling in a whole bunch of activities makes you good in none.

  2. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Some really good Kam/LOB stuff on NFL network this morning.

  3. montanamike2 says:

    Jawpeace, I think it’s really cool that you stuck with karate and even became a teacher. I was into karate as a kid but never made it past a couple belts, my hippie parents were divorced and moved constantly, i went to close to a dozen elementary schools, same as karate schools. I was never at one school long enough to really thrive. When i was older i went into a Korean TKD/ Tang soo do school and suddenly it felt like home. I stuck with it and learned Hap ki do as well. For me it was all about finding the right style even though it took many years. I don’t believe any style is better than another, it’s up to people finding the best style for them. When i was a kid, my father took me to hockey tryouts but i couldn’t skate backwards, i tried relentlessly but couldn’t seem to do it. One day i was trying and woke up in the hospital 3 days later after i had hit my head on the ice, that was the end of my hockey dreams. I have numerous skills in the workforce and in tough times i’ve always been able to switch it up so i don’t have to wait by the phone for work, i’m glad i have a diverse set of skills. That’s just me though, i know lots of kids that don’t do anything well, it’s the new generation of entitled kids that do quit as soon as it gets hard.

  4. HawkfaninMT says:

    Two sports per year is my rule for my daughter….

    She plays soccer 10 months of the year, and dabbles in another. So best of both worlds in my opinion. Every parent and child is different. i feel like as long as parents are there to fully support any situation can thrive.

    Just my opinion

  5. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Looks like wind & rain could be a factor in both championship games.

    That would be an advantage for mobile QBs imo.

  6. yankinta says:

    I’ve played multi sports in my life too. This is probably why I’m able to tell who has real talent and who’s overrated. In fact, the overrated fakers stands out like a sore thumb for me. It’s just too easy to tell. :)

  7. Or if you look like Russell Wilson but don’t quite have his talent on the field, you can make $100k this year as his body double.

  8. Two sports is my rule for my kids, too. I like to see them play one team sport and one individual sport as there are separate, important lessons to learn from each.

    Team sports are critical, because life is a team sport. Kids need to learn how to win (or lose) as a team, how to depend on one another, how to put their best effort forward in support of team goals.

    Individual sports are also critical because or a very immediate translation of the principle, you get out of it what you put into it. Individual sports are about winning and losing, too, but the focus is more on being your own best self. For runners or swimmers or cyclists, etc. it’s about improving yourself and bettering your own PR. How did the work I put in over the past week, month, year help me get more out of myself?

  9. mikeoengland says:

    OK how about this. I’m hoping that Kam Chancellor takes out Discount Double Check and we get to beat Matt Flynn. Then Brandon Browner takes out Tom Brady and Matt Hasselbeck leads Indy to victory. He strolls out for the opening kickoff in the Superbowl and says “we want the ball and we’re going to score”. We win the flip and defer and on his first drive his receiver cuts the route short and Richard Sherman intercepts the ball for a pick six and a blowout ensues. This time we keep a suspected rapist form getting a Superbowl ring.

  10. mikeoengland says:

    Oops, I meant Brandon Browner takes out Andrew Luck. Now my dream is complete.

  11. “I’ve played multi sports in my life too. This is probably why I’m able to tell who has real talent and who’s overrated”


  12. Ray_Maines says:

    Please don’t take the bait.

  13. sluggo42 says:

    Lol, pd…

    Except they’re all played from a play station…

  14. juliusvrooder says:

    I did 3 sports as a kid. Always football, sometimes basketball, wrestling, baseball, track, golf. Once I blew my knee, it was performing arts: choir, band, drama. I love the different lessons I learned from all, and use them gratefully still. (turning 50 this year.)

    My wife and I have talked about this, and I feel a good mix is 1 team sport, 1 Indy sport, and 1 non sport. My elder son just made districts in swimming. He is developmentally challenged, with some serious mental health issues, so we are stoked about this. He is also a half-miler in track (extreme mental toughness) but team sports are outside his reach. He is also in choir, and metals.

    My younger son is athletically gifted, but not inclined that way. Choir, academics, drama, art. Says he will probably play football. Is a bit curious about wrestling and baseball. We will see. (7th grade in a small town. The options are ahead.)

    The gift my dad gave me was freedom. He was a four-year, three-sport letterman, and semi-pro in baseball and football. All state football as an offensive guard, and basketball as a point guard. Think about that. Stud. So I blew my knee, and the next day I was offered the lead in the school musical. We had no health insurance, so rehab was going to be in the woodshed. (I couldn’t ski for 7 years.) I went to my dad and apologized for letting him down, but I was giving up sports for music. He was horrified to think I would feel that pursuing my interests would give him anything but joy. He pledged his full support to me living my life my way. I still get paid to play music, and my dad would still be showing up to cheer me on, if he was still alive.

    That’s the gift I want to give my boy’s. Encouragement, support, freedom…

  15. juliusvrooder says:

    Oh, two more things: Pdway- no troll-food, and finally this: Ricardo Lockette is an idiot.

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