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."
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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
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: