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Wilson comfortable in Seattle, ready to compete

Posted July 11, 2012

— Richmond, Va., native Russell Wilson is well traveled as an athlete having played for North Carolina State and Wisconsin in the college ranks, Asheville at the professional baseball level and he now makes home in Seattle as a member of the Seahawks in the NFL.

One thing Wilson hasn’t been able to do much at any of his stops is stay under the radar. The 5-foot-11 quarterback said he no longer needs his GPS to get around Seattle, but he doesn’t go around distraction free either.

“When I go downtown and when I’m out where I live, people know me,” Wilson said. “They definitely come up to me and ask for autographs. I absolutely love it. The fans are all about the 12th man and Seahawks football.”

Being about Seahawks football, fans are also keeping an eye on what head coach Pete Carroll called an open competition for the starting quarterback job. Matt Flynn and Tarvaris Jackson represent the veterans in contention while Wilson is the young, fiery third member to the party. Wilson said there is just one way he knows how to play and whenever his jersey No. 3 gets called, he will be ready.

“I just know that I have an opportunity to play and that fires me up,” Wilson said while joining Adam and Joe on 99.9 The Fan ESPN Radio. “Like I always said, whether it’s Day 1, Day 2, Day 25 or Year 2, I’m going to be ready whenever my name is called. I just have to prepare myself mentally and physically like I am right now and just take one step at a time. You never know when you have to step in and play, it could be Day 1, Game 1 or it could be in the Super Bowl.”

Wilson said that the offseason media has not been too bad and that outside of the combine, it is no worse than in college. That might change when camp gets underway officially in Seattle on July 28 and will undoubtedly change when the Seahawks make their way to Charlotte to play the Panthers in Week 5.

In the meantime, Wilson is finding ways to get back to the east coast and his hometown of Richmond by putting on the Russell Wilson Passing Academy. Football and skills are emphasized, yes, but so too are life values for children that may be teetering.

“We have fatherless homes and I’m trying to help those kids separate the difference between going to college and being a college quarterback or wide receiver and graduating from college or going out and doing something that they shouldn’t do,” Wilson said. “That’s where I’m trying to be a positive mentor for these kids and really help show them what their future is really like.”

Wilson’s camp has many kids already signed up, but is always open for more kids that can get in with the help of a sponsorship or donation. Proceeds from the camp will also go to CR3 Diabetes, an association that Wilson is the National Ambassador for.

The camp will bring in current pros and former Wilson teammates Nick Toon and Owen Spencer.

Still, while in Seattle, Wilson can’t help but think of the east coast as he is emersed in the culture of the Pacific Northwest.

“It kind of reminds me of Richmond and Raleigh with all the trees – and all the water,” Wilson said. “The best part is when I go to the fish market at Pike’s Point. You should see some of these king salmon.”

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  • tfa Jul 15, 2012

    I am a fan of TOB, Russell Wilson, and Mick Glennon. State fans that are angry at him for going to Wisconsin are being silly. State fans that are angry at TOB for letting him go are being silly. State fans who are not happy with Glennon are being silly. TOB made the correct decision. RW made the correct decision. And Mike Glennon showed he also made the correct decision and he showed this past year he could also be an outstanding QB. And remember, both RB and MG both hold their sheepskins from NCSU. They are alumni and we should be proud of them and support them. I for one am going to now have to become a Hawk fan and a Chargers fan. Direct TV will make money on me again this year so can buy the Sunday Ticket and be able to watch RB--either playing or sitting on the bench. He gave us a good ride and MG did so last year. This year will be fun watching NCSU qb's.

  • Toddler10-21 Jul 12, 2012

    A all around great guy. Wish him the best. I have three daughters. I would love to have three son in laws like Russell Wilson. Met, and talked with him. Just a great, smart, and respectful young man!! Love my Steelers, but I will be keeping up with the Seahawks!!

  • RadicalMagick Jul 11, 2012

    View quoted thread

    Also in your post you did not state the facts as they actually were. Wilson was never told that he could not return to the team, only that he could not start, Underwood would have been told the same if Greene was not out and the situation was the same.

  • RadicalMagick Jul 11, 2012

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    You answered the question yourself. "when Greene went down" Had Greene not went down Underwood would have been allowed to return under the same conditions that Wilson would have been allowed to return under. At the time I totally disagreed with TOB and still think that maybe things could have been handled differently, however I do see his point. You can't treat a player that is not 100% committed to the team the same as you do a player that is 100% committed. With the Greene's situation it doesn't have anything to do with commitment just as if Glennon had gone down Wilson would have been allowed to return under the same conditions as Underwood was allowed to. Underwood's return had nothing to do with him being allowed to return against a player that was healthy and 100% committed to the team where Wilson's return did. If Greene had not gone down Underwood would have had the same conditions as Wilson and vise-versa, its really pretty simple and not the same situation.

  • mac240 Jul 11, 2012

    The guy is a winner...nuff said!

  • sportznut628 Jul 11, 2012

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    Curtis Underwood not only didnt play in the spring - he left the team and sought a transfer due to lack of playing time - when Greene went down he somehow was magically back on the team - not one Pack
    fan will answer why underwood was allowed back and wilson wasnt

  • pskunk119 Jul 11, 2012

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    Funny that the original crybaby was Mike Paulus whose dad told John "The Belly" Bunting not to recruit Wilson or his boy would walk. You UNC fans remember Mike "The Ringleader" Paulus. The guy that helped get Marvin Austin and his ilk to Chapel Hill. Man, I love me some Teets (or is it Tweets?) Austin. The guy that blew the cover off the sham at UNC.

    It's ironic that Butch would keep the likes of him around the program (He's working his way back on to the team), yet TOB gives a class individual like Russell Wilson & sticks with it. UNC fans don't understand what it means to have a coach with integrity.

    And things worked out well for Glennon AND Wilson. Looks like TOB knew what he was doing all along. What is Mike Paulus & Fat Marvin doing these days? What kind of legacy did they leave at UNC? <snicker>

    Good luck to RW. I wish him the best. That 41-10 pasting he put on UNC still puts a smile on my face.

  • Hmmmmmm Jul 11, 2012

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    LOL he didn't need to play in the spring. IF Glennon was better than Wilson he would have played.

  • Hammerhead Jul 11, 2012

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    Especially Aaron Rodgers.

  • Deacons Jul 11, 2012

    I bet, if given the chance, he would be just as good or better than those other QB's Seattle has.

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