Russell Wilson's dad was briefly a Charger, in the preseason of 1980 during San Diego's "Air Coryell" heyday. He has an aunt who lived near the World Trade Center in New York on 9-11 and had "to escape, basically."
Those were two glimpses into the background of the Seahawks' star quarterback in my story inside today's News Tribune.
What I didn't put in that story:
--The only player in NFL history have passer ratings of 100 or more points in each of his first two seasons in the league went had one of 110.9 last week while beating Green Bay. That victory extended his league-record streaks of QB wins in the regular season to begin a career (25 in the first two seasons plus one week) and regular-season/postseason wins to start a career (29). Even though the Seahawks are far from an aerial circus, Wilson's 54 TD passes are the sixth-most in league history over a player's first 33 games. The others above him were all in pass-first, pass-always offenses: Dan Marino (76), Kurt Warner (73), Matt Stafford (63), Carson Palmer (56) and Mark Rypien (56, ok, he wasn't with the old Redskins).
Wilson, Marino and Peyton Manning are the only quarterbacks to throw at least 50 touchdown passes in his first two NFL regular seasons. And Wilson and Randall Cunningham are the only players in league history with 50 or more TD throws and 1,000-plus yards rushing in any two-season span.
Other than that, he's been merely decent as the Seahawks' starter.
--Last week's win over Green Bay was the 46th game since Seattle lost by more than a touchdown. That broke the NFL record set in 2009-11 by the Packers.
--The Seahawks also hold the ongoing league record for consecutive games holding a lead in the fourth quarter or overtime. It's now at 29 games in a row, dating to 2012. New England had the previous record, 27 from 2006-08.
--The Seahawks have led in the fourth quarter or been within one score in 52 consecutive games.
--Here is a story on Seahawks fans who crowd SeaTac Airport and follow the team for road games, such as Sunday's in San Diego.
The Seahawks practice lightly this afternoon. We in the media scheduled to talk to coach Pete Carroll following that, and then Marshawn Lynch is supposed to be available at his locker to talk. I may bring noise-cancelling headphones this time.