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Thursday Round-Up - Wilson: "Why can't I be the best quarterback to ever play the game one day?"
Images from the Gridiron Glory exhibit in Tacoma, WA, which gives football fans in the Pacific Northwest a taste of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton. The tour is open to the public from Saturday, May 27 until Monday, May 29 at the Washington State Historical Museum. View
Good morning, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Thursday, April 3 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson threw out the ceremonial first pitch for the Texas Rangers on Wednesday and Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com was there to talk with the Super Bowl champion signal caller.
"Why can't I be the best quarterback to ever play the game one day?" Wilson told Durrett. "I'm not right now. I've got a long way to go. But one day, you know?"
It's an attitude we've grown accustomed to from Wilson, whose "Why not us?" mantra inspired by his late father was a driving force behind the Seahawks' championship run this past season. Wilson says another "championship offseason is in process" and ensures Durrett that he has been in constant contact with several of his Seahawks teammates, who are ready to work toward another Lombardi Trophy.
"I think a great leader is consistent every day," Wilson continued. "That's how I try to be in terms of my work ethic on and off the field and being the first one in and the last one to leave and all those things. But it's the same every day thing. There's no time to sleep and that's what I try to tell my teammates all the time. My job in playing football is to help the other 10 guys in the huddle get better. If I can do that, if I can help facilitate the ball to the right guy at the right time, I'm doing my job." Read
Pat Kirwan of CBSSports.com says to expect more teams to run the football in 2014, pointing to the success of "The Seattle effect" as one of the top reasons why the ground game will reemerge next season. Kirwan writes, "A month ago Pete Carroll said, 'We don't react to the glamour of offense.' What he meant was the Seahawks run the ball and build the offense around that principle. The Seahawks were the No. 2 rushing team in the NFL last season and in their three playoff games rushed 95 times (32 per game) to just 75 pass plays (25 per game). It is the perfect formula for success with a young quarterback. Seattle wasn't alone in influencing teams about running the ball -- the 49ers also made a strong statement about the run game."
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll joined KIRO Radio's This IS Reality with Jason Mesnick, Chris Siegfried, and Desiree Hartsock to talk about one of his guilty pleasures - watching The Bachelor & The Bachelorette. You can find the full audio embedded below, where Carroll reveals which Seahawks player he believes would be a good candidate for the show. Read
Todd Dybas of the Tacoma News Tribune details the bargain the Seahawks currently have at linebacker in 23-year-old Bobby Wagner and the 24-year-old Malcolm Smith and K.J. Wright.
710Sports.com shares several highlights from Danny O'Neil's latest "Hawk Talk" chat discussing Seahawks draft possibilities come May.
Seahawks All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman was the keynote speaker at the A-Plus Foundation breakfast on Wednesday where he emphasized the importance of education. You can watch Sherman's full address right here.
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times passes along video featuring Super Bowl XLVIII MVP linebacker Malcolm Smith speaking about fighting hunger in partnership with Food Lifeline.
Here at Seahawks.com, Digital Media Writer Clare Farnsworth reports from UW's pro day, taking a look at Husky wideout James Johnson. Farnsworth also wishes a very happy 26th birthday to strong safety Kam Chancellor.
The Seahawks announced several April efforts to increase autism awareness, one of which includes lighting the arches of CenturyLink Field blue for Autism Awareness Month.
Registration has opened for a pair of youth and family-oriented events in June - the All-Pro Varsity Skills Camp and Family Football Fest.
And the Seahawks Facebook page surpassed 2 million "Likes" yesterday after gaining more than 1 million followers in a span of roughly five months during the team's Super Bowl XLVIII championship run.