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Seahawks’ Russell Wilson explains key to his unprecedented success

Russell Wilson, Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has had a strong start to the season and has emerged as an early MVP candidate. Through five games, Wilson has made 123 of 169 passes for 1502 passing yards, with 19 touchdowns and three interceptions. 

In his ninth season with the Seahawks, the 31-year old could win his first MVP award. In an interview with Bill Simmons on The Ringers’ “The Bill Simmons Podcast,” the seven-time Pro Bowler was asked if he believed he was playing well only because he’s able to throw the ball more. Wilson said that he believes that he is playing the best he’s played and he believes that his strong start is a result of a progression of his play over the years.

He also shared a story about meeting Peyton Manning as a rookie, back when the Hall of Fame quarterback had just been signed by the Denver Broncos. 

The first thing I noticed was that he was taking notes and highlighting and it was just him in the locker room by himself. It was the first week he got there. He had all these notes and things and so I think that one of the things that I noticed about it was the amount of study and preparation that he put into it. 

Manning’s habit of writing down notes and meticulously studying and preparing for games rubbed off on Wilson, who did the same. 

So when I got back on the plane to fly home to Virginia, I started writing down my goals, and my goals, I wrote down everyday goals, and I wrote down legacy goals and I still have it in my locker to this day, and one of the goals that I wrote was, “treat every day, no matter what year it is, if it’s Year 1 or Year 12, treat every day and every play, as if you’ve never heard it before.”

Taking notes from one of the best quarterbacks to ever do it seemed to pay off for Wilson, as he finished his rookie season completing 252 of 393 passes for 3118 passing yards, with 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He was later selected to the Pro Bowl as an alternate, and helped the Seahawks to the playoffs, where they lost to the Atlanta Falcons in the Divisional Round. 

Wilson and the Seahawks, meanwhile, will return to the field and look for their sixth straight win next Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals after their bye week.