Good afternoon, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Wednesday, June 15 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
Wilson's Focus: "Give Back As Much As I Can On And Off The Field"
Russell Wilson joined 710 ESPN Seattle Wednesday morning for an 11-minute segment with "Brock and Salk," discussing how he stays so calm on the field, the open letter he recently penned to his little sister Anna, his relationship with Seattle coach Pete Carroll, his approach to the 2016 season and more.
Here's a few highlights from the Seahawks quarterback's conversation:
(On what it was like delivering the commencement speech at the University of Wisconsin...)"A pretty nerve-wracking experience actually. I don't get nervous, guys. I don't really get nervous. I've played in a lot of big games, been in a lot of situations, been in front of a lot of people, but I walked out for the University of Wisconsin commencement speech and I realize I'm wearing this awkward robe and I'm on the left side of the chancellor I believe it was walking out and next thing I know all the fans started cheering, all the students, there's 50-plus thousand people in the stands and I'm walking right down the middle of the recession hall and they're playing all this music. About 30 minutes into everybody's kind of gone already and there's about three or four minutes until I'm about to go and I'm like, 'I hope I don't mess up. Hopefully I have a good flow. Hopefully I bring the energy.' I'm a little nervous. Next thing I know I say 'I was made for this, I was made for this, I was made for this,' and all the nerves went away."
(On if 'I was made for this' and having that type of confidence helps him succeed on the football field...) "For sure, especially at a high level. I think ultimately you have to believe in yourself. You have to have that vision and you have to be an overcomer. You have to overcome obstacles and believe that you can."
(On what he's learned about himself as he readies for his fifth NFL season...) "I've learned that the more selfless you can be and the more you can really be there for other teammates and really talk to them, understand what they're thinking. The first couple years you go through the process of I'm just trying to figure things out myself and a lot of the focus is on yourself, not in a bad way, but more so in a way of like, 'OK, I've got to make sure I do this right, do that right.' and just trying to understand the game more and more and the plays more and more and all that. But now, I'm really free. Free in a good way. When I say that I mean there's a constant learning. One of my goals I wrote down my rookie year before I even started playing was treat every day, whether it's year one or year 15 or year 22, treat every day as if it's a brand new day that I've never seen … Write the notes down like I've never seen it before. That's always the case for me. But now at this point it's second nature, I just want to continue to do that. But now the focus really for me is how can I be more selfless? How can I give back? How can I help learn other guys' positions so I can help if they may forget something? … Just give back as much as I can on and off the field."
(On how his 'Master's Class' of better understanding the defensive side of the football is going with coach Pete Carroll...) "I don't fully know yet. We really haven't had that many meetings because you can't yet. But I'm looking forward to it. … But what I expect, coach has seen it all. He's been a head coach for several different teams, he's been a defensive coordinator, he's done offense, he's helped some of the best players in the world and I'm just excited to learn and gain more knowledge. I definitely think I understand the game at a high level already, but I want to push the envelope. I want to push the limits to as far as I can go. That's a constant quest for knowledge."
Tweet Of The Day
Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from us - @Seahawks, as we share a photo of Wilson swapping jerseys with U.S. Men's National Team midfielder Jermaine Jones. The USMNT is in town this week for a Copa America match at CenturyLink Field. Members of the soccer club paid a visit to Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center on Tuesday.
More From Around The Web
Here at Seahawks.com, digital media reporter John Boyle shares five key takeaways from the first day of Seahawks minicamp and recaps what we learned from defensive end Michael Bennett, who spoke with reporters after practice.
Here are a few injury updates from Seahawks minicamp on Michael Bennett, Garry Gilliam, J'Marcus Webb, C.J. Prosise, Kenny Lawler, and Paul Richardson.
Coach Pete Carroll shared an update on how former NBA player Nate Robinson's Monday workout with the Seahawks went.
Strong safety Kam Chancellor launched his own designer shoe line this past Monday.
If you're still looking for Father's Day gifts, here are 10 items from the Seahawks Pro Shop that should put a smile on dad's face this Sunday.
Dave Boling at the Tacoma News Tribune says the Seahawks have important depth at the leadership position.
John Clayton at 710Sports.com comments on changes coming to the Seahawks' 'Legion of Boom' secondary.
And Bill Barnwell at ESPN.com ranks the NFL's offensive triplets - No. 1 quarterback, running back, and pass catcher - and the Seahawks come in at No. 23.
Photos from the first of three mandatory Seahawks minicamp practices held at Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center.