Russell Wilson and the Super Bowl? He says he was destined for it.
He told the Seattle Seahawks before Sunday's NFC Championship game that they were there for a reason. Now with Seattle searching for its first Super Bowl in franchise history, he believes this is the team that is destined to bring it the Lombardi Trophy.
"I believe God placed me in this city for a reason," Wilson said. "I'm going to trust that. That never wavers for me. I'm going to trust that the Lord has put me here for a reason and the guys we are are the right guys."
He also defended teammate Richard Sherman in his press conference today.
"I guess you can call it a mistake, I don't know," Wilson said of Sherman's postgame interview. "It's just one of those things where he is so passionate about the game of football. ... I definitely respect Richard Sherman, he is one of my good friends. I love him to death.
Here is most of the rest of what Wilson had to say:
What are your thoughts on Peyton Manning?
Obviously a hall of fame quarterback, who I have tons of respect for. I actually went to the Peyton Manning passing academy when I was younger and I really like him then, still do, just the way he plays the game, he is a tremendous individual. He has great attention to detail, great leadership and he has won a lot of games. So we are going to have to play our best football game, we know that, we know he is a great football player.
Is there value in looking at the preseason game you played against them?
Yeah there is definitely value. Anytime you play a team there is value in terms of looking at the preseason game against them, just looking at their players, seeing them on our football field and all that. That was a great game, even though it was a preseason game. We are looking forward to it. All the games we’ve played this season, it comes down to this one. It comes down to 1-0, like I've been saying all year. Having that championship mindset, having a great week this week. That’s the most important thing right now, having a great day today, then having a great day tomorrow and let the days add up and lets see what happens next week.
Whats about Peyton did you take away from that passing academy?
In terms of the passing academy when I met Peyton for the first time, just there are thousands of kids there, and I was actually in his group, with 12 or 15 other guys. Just how much care he showed for the kids. How much detail he always talked about and how much of a perfectionist he was. I try to use that in my game. I have got a long ways to go obviously, but I just try to do all the little things and that is what he does. He takes tons of notes, does a lot of great things and he puts his team in a position to win football games.
How old were you?
I was in 10th grade, maybe 16, 15 years old.
Did you mention the academy to him when you have met him since?
When I was getting drafted, going through the whole draft process, the Broncos brought me out to Denver, he was in the locker room. And he was sitting there and I went up to talk to him. He said, ‘Have I seen you before?” He was like, “I think i’ve seen you, yeah I think i’ve seen you before somewhere.” I was like, ‘Well, you actually coached me in the Manning Passing Academy. I loved him to death. He is a great person first of all and obviously a great football player. I have a lot of respect for him.
Did you ever think what it would be like to be teammates with him, had he signed with Seattle?
Of course. I never thought about being teammates with him, but in terms of his game, I try to emulate a lot of the things he does, in terms of the knowledge he has for the game. Then obviously making all the throws and all that, but his knowledge separates him from everybody else. THat’s I’m trying to work to. It will be cool to watch him and all that, I’ll be still focused on our football team, but I’ll watch a few snaps here and there. But He’s just a great football player.
He has used commercials and advertising to extend himself. Do you ever look at him as an example of what you can kind of do?
You have to look at one of the best football players to ever play the game as an example in all facets of life. Obviously on the field and all the advertisements that he does and all that. He is just so consistent with his approach. He wants to do everything right. His brand is great. SO you want to be like that.
How does this compare with a regular bye week?
This week, our biggest goal it to game plan and get everything in before we leave SUnday. We want to be prepared to play a great game and to have an extra week, is big for us. We know they are gamplanning too. The biggest thing this week is watching tons of film. Noticing their guys. They play in the AFC so we don’t get to play them all the time, so just recognizing what they do extremely well. I think the other thing is just get the game planning underway and knowing the plays and understanding the concepts and all that because once we got to New York there are going to be a lot of possible distractions. You want to focus on just playing the football game so once we get there we will already have one week of instillation and we can go over it again next week.
What have you seen from their defense?
The defensive front is so strong with Knighton. He’s just a very physical football player. He causes havoc and same with the rest of the guys. The biggest thing for us is staying on schedule, being aggressive at the point of attack, and when we throw the football try to come up with some explosive plays but also try to get a first down and make sure we are doing a good job on third down.
What was your take on Richard’s post game interview and the reaction?
Richard is an unbelievable football player, he makes all the plays. I have tons of respect for him. He’s one of the most intelligent players you will ever meet. He plays the game with tons of passion, tons of fire. We are going to the Super Bowl, it was one of those things where he got excited. I know he apologized for all the distractions and all that, but is one of those people where he is always focused on how he can improve, how he can help our football team, and he’s a great teammate. He didn't mean to blow it all up, he was just so excited, he played a great game, made a huge play for us.
Did you watch the interview?
I saw some of it, just because it’s all over. But I try not to pay attention. I literally try to ignore all the noise, I try not to watch much ESPN or any of that. Especially in big games like this, it’s one of those things where you try to keep it focused on our football team, and I know Richard is always focused on our team and what he can do to help us win games.
Has it been a distraction, the reaction?
Not at all. Our team is so focused on what we can do to play a great game.
Richard has tremendous character. He got fired up, I guess you can call it a mistake. I don’t know. It just one of those things where he is so passionate about the game of football. I know that is not how he is on a regular basis, day in and day out. He’s one of the most intelligent people you will ever meet. I definitely respect Richard Sherman, he is one of my good friends, I love him to death.
Have you reached out to anyone who has been in the Super Bowl?
Yeah, I’ve reached out to several players. SEveral quarterbacks. It’s going to be a great night. At the end of the day it comes down to just executing your plays, being focused, eliminating the distractions, especially once you get there, getting all the tickets out of the way, getting family situation early in the week, that’s already done for me, I got that done on Monday. So everything is really consistent for me right now. I’m looking forward to it and this week and today's practice.
I talked to Drew Brees and a couple other players. I talked to some guys who have done a good job in big games, and all that. I talked so some players who were there last year and I actually went to the Super Bowl last year just to get a feel for it. I remember last year when we lost to Atlanta I went to the SUper Bowl after the Pro Bowl. That is one of the things I wanted to pay attention to. One of the things I remember as players as a quarterback and all that, you have to understand the difference in time. The week of preparation, but also the game. The game, you have all the warm ups like normal, but then you have people singing and all that stuff that takes an extra 25-30 minutes. That’s the great part about it and the emotional part of it all, but you have to understand not getting warmed up too early, not getting fired up to early and you have to think about halftime. You think about the 35-40 minute halftime and last year with the lights going off. You have to be in the moment, relax as much as possible and go out there and play a great game.
How soon were you watching film on the Broncos or did you take any time to celebrate?
Yeah, I went out SUnday night. Went out to dinner, went to Metropolitan Grill. Had a good time, listening to some Frank Sinatra. Other than that, I got focused pretty quick.
Did you stay for the whole Super Bowl?
Yeah, I wanted to get a feel for it. Just in case we got there and I believed we would be. Sure enough we are.
How do balance the distraction and taking things in?
I definitely try to eliminate as many distractions as possible and make sure the biggest thing is my study time. Make sure I am studying that much more. Making sure I'm going to a quiet place and trying to study like I normally do. ANd you have to have respect for what the game is. THis is the ultimate game. It’s the SUper Bowl. Yo look forward to those moments, you take all that in.
Have you thought about what this does for RUssell WIlson?
The thing I’ve thought about more than anything is what this does for the organization. We are trying to win a Super Bowl and we want to be the first ones to win it in this organization. That’s in our mind set. We believed we could get here, now we are here and it’s time to play for 1-0. I think for obvklusy Peyton’s legacy, it’ subleiveslable. all the things he’s done are pretty miraculous. For me, I'm taking it one year at a time. To win a Super Bowl, that’s what I want to win most. Every year you go into it you want to win a Super Bowl. It’s a lot of great play and I’m looking forward to it. I’m not going to shy away from it. I believe this is one of the reasons God gave me the ability to throw a football. To be in the big situations and help our football team win games.
What did the defense do in New Orleans when they saw him line up?
It’s hard to stop Percy. he can run, catch and his kick returning ability is unbelievable. It’s hard to figure out how to stop him Some teams want to go one-high and then he can go by people, then team go two-high and we can run with with Marshawn or Percy or Turbin. We want to be variety, we want to flip the script and make the defense think a little bit.
This is the first team since the 1990 Bill to not have a player with Super Bowl experience on the roster. Is that a good thing?
I think it shows how good our football team really is. Our team is extremely young, we are one of the youngest in the league and to be here right now, one of our things is we want to win a lot of Super Bowls and to do that, you have to win the first one. ALl of our guys are fired up, I think we have a certain itch to us. ON the other side, they have a lot of players who have won Super Bowls, and big games like that. We know they are going to prepare the right way and understand how to prepare the right way. We are going to listen to our coaches, and prepare however is best for us. For us, it’s the details, it’s the energy and swagger we try to bring to the games, and our fans as well. We are going to be us. At the end of the day, with all the cameras and the lights, it’s not going to be different. The whistle is still going to blow at the end of the play, there is still going to be first, second and third down, there is still going to be a game on the line, and we are looking forward to those moments.
How does your faith affect your focus?
In terms of my faith, I believe I am here for a reason. That’s what told the guys last week, that we were in the NFC Championship for a reason. I believe that God placed me in this city for a reason. I’m going to trust that, that never wavers for me. I’m going to trust that the Lord has put me here for a reason and the guys we have are the right guys. I believe in our coaching staff, I believe in everything we have. At the end of the day, I trust the God-given ability that I have and I’m never going to waver from that. I trust in what I can do, and my preparation. I’m excited about the game, excited about the moment and playing one play at a time, just like always. And hopefully it is the best 60 minutes of my time.
How much are you paying attention to the weather?
We know it could be a factor. Obviously its been snowing like crazy. I have tons of family on the East Coast and they are all letting me know that there is 12 inches of snow right now. It’s hopefully going to pass over, if not, we are going to play in it and it’s always fun to play in the snow.
How many snow games have you played in?
One I believe.
What has your mom meant to you?
My mom has meant everything to me. My mom and my dad. She’s been so consistent in her faith. She just shows me so much love all the time. She always believes in me. Both my parents always have. I always believed I’d be here. You ask the people that are in my small circle, they’ve always believed I could be here. My mom is not surprised I’m here. I trust in my ability.
What is Kearse like as a teammate?
He is the ultimate teammates. So physical, fast, knowledge in the game and he believes in his talent. He is one of the guys in the beginning of the year I said was going to step up for us and make big plays. He’s been exceptional for us all year and I really noticed that in this offseason and rookie mini camp. You notice how well he catches the football. He is a great football player and a great teammate. He lifts everybody else up in the locker room.