Russell Wilson is so into Recovery Water from Tacoma-based Reliant Beverage Company he drinks its “nanobubbles” “five to seven times a day” and has been doing so since a month before last season’s playoffs.
He’s toured Reliant’s laboratory in Tacoma – “it’s pretty amazing to see,” he said – hosted some of its people at a Seahawks home game and has invested in the product he said in a Rolling Stone cover story prevented him from getting a concussion from a vicious, high hit by Green Bay’s Clay Matthews during the return of an interception he threw during the NFC championship game in January.
“I didn’t have a concussion. I guess it was perceived wrong, but, no, I did not have a concussion,” Seattle’s two-time Super Bowl quarterback said following Thursday’s practice here in Renton. “I was saying that I’d been consistently drinking the water, for a month, month and a half, five to seven times a day. And I was like, ‘Man, maybe this stuff is helping me out.’
“It’s one of those things I truly do believe it helps with recovery. It’s one of things, you know, the science behind it and all of that help they are trying to do. ... I’ve been drinking it. Several other players on our team drink it. Kam Chancellor drinks it all the time. Russell Okung does too, as well. So it’s been a good thing.”
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Chancellor played Super Bowl 49 on Feb. 1 two days after he tore the medial collateral ligament in his knee, and hasn’t needed surgery since for it. This was the first offseason of his six in the NFL that Chancellor said he didn’t need a surgery.
His holdout from the Seahawks was in its 28th day on Thursday, by the way. And coach Pete Carroll said the team is moving, trying to settle Saturday night in the third exhibition game at San Diego a battle between DeShawn Shead and Dion Bailey to start as Chancellor’s fill-in at strong safety.
"The opener's coming,” Carroll said.
Here is some of what Reliant says is the science behind the Recovery Water Wilson is touting.
As for Wilson being a newly minted, $87.6-million QB, a pop-culture cover boy...
...a frequent White House visitor, boyfriend to music star Ciara and a cameo star in movies, coach Pete Carroll says he talks often with Wilson about managing all that and keeping him grounded at team headquarters with his main task of leading the Seahawks. Carroll says Wilson is able to compartmentalize it all.
When I asked him if he feared he may be overexposed or “bigger” than he was, Wilson says his priorities remain in order and intact.
“Make the main thing the main thing,” he said. “First of all is my faith, and then my family, and then football,” he said. “All the rest comes with it, which is great. That’s not a bad thing. I don’t look at it as a bad thing.
“And I’ve always been better busy. I like more on my plate. Keeps me zoned in. Keeps me focused. Keeps me organized. So I don’t think it’s a bad thing, at all.”