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Focus on: Russell Wilson
Seattle Seahawks players will have the chance to share the causes that are important to them during all Week 13 games, as part of the NFL's My Cause, My Cleats campaign. Defensive end Cliff Avril, wide receiver Doug Baldwin, tight end Jimmy Graham, cornerback Richard Sherman, and quarterback Russell Wilson all chose to participate, personalizing their footwear to help tell their stories. View
The New York media machine got its first in-the-flesh look at Russell Wilson on Sunday, and to say it was impressed by the Seahawks’ second-year quarterback doesn’t quite capture just how captivating Wilson was.
Reporter after reporter, columnist after columnist, talking head after talking head gushed about Wilson’s skills on the way to the locker room after the Seahawks had dispatched the New York Giants 23-0 at MetLife Stadium.
Even when a somewhat surprised, “Really? This wasn’t even one of his best games” greeted their glowing comments, it didn’t defuse the effusiveness.
Dave Hutchinson at the Newark Star Ledger wrote: “Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson this afternoon turned MetLife Stadium into his personal playpen and it may be a prelude to Super Bowl XLVIII. Wilson’s numbers weren’t awe-inspiring – 18 of 27 passes for 206, one touchdown and one interception (he ran eight times for 50 yards) – but his timing was. Wilson made several athletic plays in which he scrambled out of trouble and made pinpoint throws on the run or raced for a first down.”
Harvey Araton of the New York Times wrote: “It is hard enough on a defense that Wilson is so elusive – he made one first-half completion by dodging three tacklers who seemed to have a bead on him. But he also has an asset that many celebrated scramblers have not had – the ability to see the whole field.”
The Seahawks? They’ve not only seen it, they’ve come to expect it from Wilson.
“He does it so casually, so smoothly, you almost forget that he’s a small guy,” All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman said when it was his turn at the podium in the postgame interview room – just after coach Pete Carroll and just before Wilson.
“He’s a 5-11 guy, but he moves like a giant.”
And Wilson still has two games left in his second regular season – Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals and Dec. 29 against the St. Louis Rams at CenturyLink Field, where he’s 14-0.
“These are just markers that this guy is going to continue to knock off,” Carroll said after Wilson took the Big Apple and vicinity by storm on a day where there was supposed to be a storm. “He’s so special. He’s such a tremendous competitor and such a unique individual that he’s able to do this kind of stuff that catches him up with the names that are on these kinds of lists right now.
“So we’re real proud of him and we’re real excited for him. It won’t waver him an inch, but it’s really cool that he’s been able to do that.” Read