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Wednesday Round-Up: Russell Wilson - A Seattle icon
Good morning, 12th Man.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Wednesday, Jan. 22 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
Jenny Vrentas of TheMMQB.com describes how "Russellmania" has taken over the city of Seattle as second-year quarterback Russell Wilson has led the Seahawks to Super Bowl XLVIII. Vrentas writes, "Wilson has the player profile—a young upstart playing the new-guard style of quarterback—well-suited to a city in part driven by new-economy tech companies. He started to earn respect off the field even before he did on it, with his weekly Tuesday visits to the Seattle Children’s Hospital. Though it’s common for quarterbacks of winning teams—the Seahawks are 24-8 the past two seasons—to be well-liked, fans invoking Griffey, Jr., comparisons is more than that. 'He’s one that’s struck a chord in me,' says Nathan Knopf, another Wilson
Darren Rovell of ESPN.com reports three Seahawks are in the Top 10 for jersey sales across the NFL - quarterback Russell Wilson (No. 2), running back Marshawn Lynch (No. 6), and cornerback Richard Sherman (No. 10). Sherman is the only defensive player in the Top 10.
Terry Blount of ESPN.com says several Seahawks wanted a Super Bowl matchup with Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos all along.
Tom Pelissero of USA Today looks at the impressive production the Seahawks have received from defensive ends Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril, who both signed with the club this past offseason.
Cornerback Richard Sherman appears on the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated. The cover depicts Sherman's NFC Championship-winning deflection of the Colin Kaepernick pass intended for 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree.
Brady Henderson of 710Sports.com shares a few things that stood out after re-watching the Seahawks' win over the Niners, noting the dominant play of strong safety Kam Chancellor. Henderson also looks ahead to several stats and storylines to follow leading up to February's game.
John Boyle of the Everett Herald says the Seahawks have built their success by going after players who display lots of "grit," as Pete Carroll calls it.
Don Ruiz of the Tacoma News Tribune says this is an important week of preparation for the Denver Broncos before next week's media frenzy begins.
John McGrath of the Tacoma News Tribune says the Seahawks should embrace their "villain" status heading into the Super Bowl.
Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times takes a look at what it would have been like if quarterback Peyton Manning joined the Seahawks prior to the 2012 season.
Tim Booth of the Associated Press looks at how Seahawks wideouts use criticism to fuel their play.
Frank Schwab of YahooSports.com says kicker Steven Hauschka could be responsible for the Seahawks' 35-yard touchdown from quarterback Russell Wilson to wide receiver Jermaine Kearse.
Ben Stockwell of ProFootballFocus.com outlines three impressive performances from each club during the NFC Championship game, giving their "game ball" to running back Marshawn Lynch.
Jane McManus of ESPNNewYork.com takes you inside this year's Super Bowl setup, looking at the work Verizon has done to ensure fans at the game will be able to engage on social media.
Opera star singer Renee Fleming is the national anthem singer at this year's Super Bowl.
Vinnie Iyer at The Sporting News ranks the best current NFL players at each jersey number, from No. 1 (Cam Newton) to No. 99 (J.J. Watt).
Who do you think should be voted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2014? NFL.com has opened a fan ballot where you can vote for who you think deserves the honor most. A 46-person committee will gather the day before Super Bowl XLVIII to decide which of the 17 finalists - one of which is former Seahawks left tackle Walter Jones - are to be named the newest enshrinees.
Here at Seahawks.com, we revealed the club is set to wear white jerseys and blue pants for Super Bowl XLVIII.
Digital Media Writer Clare Farnsworth has his first look at the Denver Broncos, puts the focus on cornerback Richard Sherman's defense of the fade route, and recaps the Seahawks' familiarity with MetLife Stadium in Hawkville.
Hump Day Humor
NFL Japan has a must-see interview with running back Marshawn Lynch. The Seahawks "Beast Mode" back taste-tests a few Japanese candies and tells us a little more about his affinity for Skittles on gameday.
Did I miss anything you think is worthy of inclusion? Let me know on Twitter @TonyDrovetto