Russell Wilson's had a great few days since his 26th birthday on Saturday.
Last weekend the Seahawks had four days off following their Thanksgiving-night win at San Francisco. Wilson and teammate Russell Okung went to Vancouver and attended the Grey Cup, the championship game of the Canadian Football League, on Sunday.
He and Okung got the red-carpet treatment from the CFL. They met players from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Calgary Roughriders before the game, sat in a suite to watch it and posed for pictures with the league's commissioner, as I detailed in the post earlier today.
"I think they rolled the red carpet out for 'Big Russ,' not for me," Wilson said, laughing.
Asked how his scrambling, running, free-wheeling game might translate in the free-wheeling CFL, Wilson said almost bashfully: "I don't know how my game would translate. Hopefully, pretty good.
"But hopefully I don't play in the Canadian Football League," he added, smiling. "Hopefully I get to play for the Seattle Seahawks for 15, 20 years, how 'bout that?"
So, fans, how about that?
Then on Wednesday, the quarterback was at KeyArea in Seattle Center for the Stevie Wonder concert.
Wilson had Earth, Wind & Fire, Cheryl Lynn and Wild Cherry playing on his locker stereo a day before he saw Stevie Wonder. So, yes, he was wowed. Listen how wowed:
"Got to see Stevie Wonder last night. That was a true treat to my day and last night," he said. "He went on stage around 8:15. I went from like 8:45 to 9:45. I got to meet him at intermission. That was one of the best things I've ever done in my life, is to meet Stevie Wonder."
Asked if the legendary musician is a fan of the Seahawks' quarterback, Wilson just about cackled.
"I don't know if he's a fan of mine," Wilson said. "I know I'm a fan of his.
"Just to meet him and hear him sing, he's one of the greatest of all time -- if not THE greatest. So, a true treat.
"He asked me if I had my Super Bowl ring on. I said, 'No, I don't have it on. I'll make sure I'll try to get you one, though.'
"Just a tremendous honor."
You can see on the video Wilson also followed up on Eagles coach Chip Kelly saying yesterday that he hosted Wilson for a day in the summer of 2010 showing Wilson around the Oregon athletic facilities when Wilson was entering his final season at North Carolina State. At the time Wilson was also playing minor-league baseball for Tri-Cities in the Northwest League against a Eugene team. He was on his way to graduating from NC State and playing football as a fifth year as a transfer to Wisconsin.
"It was a great experience. Everything that they have there, the way that he approached the game of football, just his players -- a great players' coach. Very much like Coach Carroll," Wilson said.
Turns out Wilson considered playing for Kelly and Oregon as a fifth-year senior transfer in 2011.
Just think, the Seahawks' star quarterback could have been a Duck and facing his college coach on Sunday in Philadelphia. Would that make you like him any less?
"Yeah, I thought about Oregon for a second there. It's a great football school and done a lot of great things," Wilson said. "But I ended up narrowing it down to Auburn and Wisconsin -- and decided to go to Wisconsin."
--Here's the Seahawks' practice report for today. The team practiced outside in what became a 45-degree drizzle -- the same weather that is forecast for Sunday around game time in Philadelphia.
Wouldn't be too alarmed at Bennett; he's missed practices for many of the recent game weeks and still played.
Lane and Helfet seem iffy at best to play Sunday.
Maxwell's shin injury is new.