Russell Wilson has loftier goals than just winning another Super Bowl
Russell Wilson has been the face of the Seattle Seahawks offense since 2012, when he was drafted in the 3rd round (75th overall) by the team. During his eight-year tenure, the team has only missed the playoffs twice, when he led the Seahawks to a bonkers 43-8 drubbing of the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.
However, while winning another Super Bowl is likely high on his to-do list for the 2020 season, the 31-year-old Wilson is driven by far more than that, per a story by John Boyle on Seahawks.com:
“To me, I come to play this game to be the best in the world, that’s just the bottom line,” Wilson said Thursday. “I don’t wake up to be trying to be anything different… Going into Year 9, I’m trying to break away. I want to be the best in the world to ever do this. I’ve got a lot of great players ahead of me. I think about guys like Peyton Manning, I think about guys like Tom Brady and Drew Brees, all guys I’ve gotten pretty close to, and then you got guys like Joe Montana. I want to be remembered. I want to be remembered, and I want to be able to leave a legacy that people can’t ever forget. Hopefully I can do that. That doesn’t happen without a steady process of one moment of time, one game at a time, and not looking too far ahead, but just knowing that’s all part of the part of the journey.”
Wilson is already third all-time in Seahawks history in Approximate Value, Pro Football Reference’s catch-all statistic to measure overall impact on his team. He is already the franchise leader in passing yards (30,056), passing touchdowns (231) and quarterback rating (101.6).
Could Russell Wilson reach the stratospheric heights of the greats before him? He seems to be in great shape and his conditioning is peerless, so longevity seems like no issue. After hearing his quotes, neither is his drive.