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Wilson: 'I definitely expected to be here'

Here's some of what Russell Wilson had to say at Media Day:

(on playing in cold weather) "In terms of the weather, it won't affect us at all. I don't mind. I played at the University of Wisconsin for a short period of time so I'm not really concerned about the weather. The biggest thing is the wind. Hopefully the wind isn't too bad, so it should be a good game."

(on having the number one defense in the NFL) "In terms of having the number one defense, that's a great thing to have, especially playing in the quarterback position. It's only my second year, but to be able to go against our guys on a daily basis, to go against Richard Sherman, to go against Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor and Byron Maxwell and our defensive line and linebackers, it helps me improve. In terms of games, they make big plays for us. We make big plays for them. Special teams, we're all united as one, so our goal is to go 1-0 every game and the same thing for the Super Bowl."

(on playing against Denver QB Peyton Manning) "It'll be great to go against Peyton (Manning). Obviously, it's not me versus him, but he's a guy that I have so much respect for. All of the amazing things he's done over his career, he's built this unbelievable legacy, and he's one of the best - if not the best - quarterbacks to ever play the game. One day I want to be like him in terms of the way he thinks. He's just a master of the game. I'm working to get there; I'm on a constant quest for knowledge. I have memories of being in tenth grade and going to his passing academy and learning from him. That was one of the better experiences of my life. Obviously, it's a good game, and it will be a great moment."

(on if he expected to be at the Super  Bowl) "I definitely expected to be here. I believe in my talent. I believe in everything that I've been given. I expect to play at a high level, and I expect to be fighting for a Super Bowl every year. That's kind of our mindset. That's our team. We have a championship mindset. Our goal is to go 1-0. I put all the hard work in, and I expect great things when I put the hard work in. Like I always say, the separation is in the preparation, and we're excited to be here."

(on his hair) "People keep asking me about my hair and if that's a factor in the game. Normally, I keep my hair pretty low. I actually saw an 11th grade picture of my dad and I. When I was in 11th grade, we won the state championship. I had my hair grown out. I didn't cut my hair the whole year for that season and my dad didn't either, so it kind of inspired me for this year. That's kind of why I have the Michael Jackson/Bruno Mars S-curl right now."

(on Richard Sherman’s comments after the NFC Championship) "In terms of the whole 'Richard Sherman situation,' it wasn't a factor at all. It wasn't a problem. We know that Richard Sherman is the best corner in the league, and we believe in that. We believe he does everything, he shows up, he's a great teammate. Obviously he's the best corner in the game, but in terms of what he does on a regular basis, he puts the work in every day. He's an unbelievable teammate in the locker room. He loves the game of football. He's extremely intelligent. He graduated from Stanford with I believe a 3.9 GPA. He helps the community. He's passionate about the game. He just got fired up. That's all that was. He apologized and all that. Richard is a great player. We love having him on the team. He brings excitement to the game."

(on racism being a factor in reaction to Richard Sherman’s comments) "In terms of racism playing a factor with everybody freaking out about Richard, I'm not sure. I don't pay attention to that kind of stuff. I don't really worry about that. I do know that Richard is an extremely intelligent young man. It doesn't matter if he's black, white, whatever. He's one of the best. He backs it up by his play, his actions and everything that he does."

(on dealing with criticism) "I had a lot of critics tell me, ‘He’s too short.’ That’s really all they could say in terms of my game, and I wasn’t going to believe it. I wasn’t going to allow that to stop me from doing what God put me on this earth for. To be honest with you, that I was a prototypical second baseman. A lot of people thought I could play in the big leagues. I was a 5’11, 205 lbs. I could move extremely well, throw the ball well. I could hit and steal bases and do all of those things, but like I said earlier, I had this passion for playing the game of football. I believe that God wanted me to go against the odds.”

(on what he wants people to see from his team) “The one thing I want people to see is how great our football team is and how hard we’re going to play and all the work we’ve put in, but also the fact that if you really have a dream and you really believe in something, believe in yourself and what you stand for, it can go a long way.”

(on the hardest part about playing in the Super Bowl) “The hardest part in terms of the Super Bowl and playing any game really in the National Football League is just controlling your emotions. That’s also something I’ve learned and I’ve been able to understand and get better at. I think for me it’s being poised, being the calm in the storm and letting everybody else know in the huddle that we’re just playing one play at a time and it’s no different. The field is still 100 yards (long). It’s still only 53 and a third (wide), and it’s still going to be first, second and third down.”

(on playing the Super Bowl in New York) “To play the Super Bowl in New York, it’s a great city. It’s a place that has so much energy. Just being here so far, the hospitality has been unbelievable. It’s been a great experience for us, and we’re excited about the moment. The good thing is, we played here earlier this season. We played in MetLife earlier this year. We were able to come out with a successful win against the Giants. We have good vibes right now. It’s a good thing for us, but the hospitatliy has been unbelievable. We’re looking forward to it.”

(on the qualities of a great quarterback) “To be a great quarterback, you have to have great leadership. You have to have great attention to detail, and you have to be a relentless competitor. That’s what I try to bring to the table every time I step out on the field, every time I go into a meeting, every time I go to practice. It’s something that’s constantly on my mind.”

(on watching Denver QB Peyton Manning when he was young) “Being a young quarterback in the league, in my second year, watching a guy like Peyton Manning over the years, he’s done a tremendous job of being a great leader. He’s so consistent every year in his ability to make plays and put his team in a great position to win. That’s what I want to be like. That’s how I’m working to be. It’s an everyday process.”

(on Seattle’s leadership) “In terms of having a coach that keeps it fun, that keeps us alive, that brings so much positive synergy to our organization, it’s a great thing to have a coach that you know is going to be consistent on a daily basis and to have a coach like Coach Carroll and the rest of the coaching staff. My offensive coordinator, Coach Darrell Bevell, is very consistent. My quarterback coach, Carl Smith, he’s very consistent. To have coaches like that, to have people in our organization, our GM John Schneider, to have all those people that are so positive all the time, it uplifts the players. To be able to play in the National Football League and to have that many people influencing you in a positive way helps us play at a high level. I believe that we believe in that.”