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Friday Round-Up: Russell Wilson Reflects On His Early NFL Career

During his Week 4 meeting with the media, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson reflected on his early years in the NFL.

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Here's a look at what's 'out there' for today - Friday, September 28 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

Wilson Meets The Media

The Seahawks will face rookie quarterback Josh Rosen, the No. 10 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, when they take on the Cardinals this Sunday in Arizona. With that in mind, Seattle's Russell Wilson, who earned the starting job as a third-round pick and helped lead the Seahawks to the postseason back in 2012, was asked Thursday about how he adjusted to life in the NFL during his rookie season. Here's some of what Wilson had to say as the Seahawks ready for their Week 4 matchup at State Farm Stadium.

(On the biggest adjustment as a rookie...) "Fortunately for me, going to NC State and playing in the ACC, I think going to transfer into Wisconsin, that was a big thing for me and going to Wisconsin and playing there with an NFL-style offense. NC State was a West Coast (offense) so I had great terminology and understanding of what most NFL teams do and then the same thing going to Wisconsin with Paul Chryst and all the things that he put on our plate as well. It really allowed me to be prepared for the National Football League early and I think that that's probably the biggest challenge for most quarterbacks, is all the terminology, all the defensive looks, all the blitz schemes and protection calls and everything else. I think that was the biggest advantage that I had, and I think just ultimately, the other biggest advantage I had was just, at the end of the day it's about putting the work in. I think that's – you can't substitute the hard work. Like I said, you've got to think about it, you've got to dream about it every day and it's got to be really who you are and how you define where you want to go. I think that I had great college coaching that helped transfer me into the National Football League and as a result, I had great NFL coaches and stuff – Coach 'Tater' (aka) Coach Carl Smith and then obviously Coach (Darrell) Bevell too, Coach (Pete) Carroll – all that helped and then being on a great team too. It's just one of those things that, you get to be around great players and guys who want to be great and everything else so when you put those things together, it gives you a good chance."

(On if there's anything he wishes he would have known as a rookie...) "I don't really take much back. At the end of the day, I think that you leave it all on the line. I wish when I was younger, my first two years or so, I could've – I think that just being a little bit more outgoing, I guess, just personally just because when you're trying to learn everything and trying to understand everything, you've got a big heavy weight drop on your shoulders. You've got to go for it, especially with the caliber of team that we had and everything else too, the ultimate goal is to win it all. You only have 24 hours in a day. That's the truth. No matter what you do in life, you only have 24 hours in a day and I think how you choose to spend those 24 hours is everything. For my first few years of my life in the National Football League, that was pretty strictly just football. As life changes and things happen and everything else – I have kids now and everything else – you find a beautiful balance of how to handle all of that. I think that's been the best thing for me in a positive way, just to learn that and understand that and grow in that way."

(On managing time early in his career...) "I just mean (that) in general and I think that you're in the building so much, it's a chance to breathe I guess. I think now, with two kids at home and everything else, life changes. I try to change some more diapers nowadays. I try to focus on making sure I spend time in the mornings – sometimes Friday (or) Saturday mornings are my best mornings, even Tuesdays are some of the best days just because I get to focus on my kids a little bit more than just football. You do everything surrounding around football and I think that's a good balance you've got to have in life, especially when you've got kids and everything else. That's been the thing that I've grown in the most and I think just being grateful for time. Being grateful for realizing that 24 hours and being super efficient with your time. I think I've always been efficient, for sure, but I think that you figure out how to get better at it. You get better at life, you get better at your position (and) your job, get better at being a dad, get better at being a husband, you try to learn things and you just try to get better. That's just kind of my competitive mindset."

Social Post Of The Day

Today's 'Social Post of the Day' comes from Tyler Lockett, who shares an emotional birthday message with his followers on Instagram. The Seahawks receiver turned 26 Friday.

Fun fact: Lockett shares his birthday with another great Seahawks receiver in Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Largent.

More From Around The Web

Here at Seahawks.com, digital media reporter John Boyle recaps what Doug Baldwin had to say on Thursday as the Seattle receiver hopes to make his return from injury this Sunday in Arizona.

Scott Engel at RotoExperts.com previews Week 4 around the NFL from a fantasy football perspective, tabbing Seahawks running back Chris Carson as a solid start this week against the Cardinals.

Bob Condotta at the Seattle Times analyzes quarterback Russell Wilson's impact on the Seahawks run game and shares takeaways from offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer's Thursday meeting with the media.

Matt Calkins at the Seattle Times explains why you can't judge the productivity of the Seahawks offense until receiver Doug Baldwin rejoins the lineup.

Pro Bowl left tackle Duane Brown joined 710 ESPN Seattle recently and talked about the Seahawks' offensive line.

The Athletic offers five things to watch this weekend when the Seahawks take on the Cardinals.

NFL.com looks at the numbers behind Seattle's offensive production last weekend against the Cowboys.

And Q13 FOX profiles Seahawks punter Michael Dickson.

The Seahawks and Cardinals will meet for the 40th time in the regular season this Sunday in Seattle. Take a look back at photos from past games played between the two teams.

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