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Wednesday Round-Up: Russell Wilson Featured On Sports Illustrated Cover

In the cover story, Wilson’s innate ability to extend plays is analyzed by coaches, trainers and more.


Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's happening today – Wednesday, Aug. 26 – for your Seattle Seahawks.

Sports Illustrated Cover Story Attempts To Explain How "Russell Wilson Things" Happen

On any given Sunday afternoon, you'll often find Russell Wilson scrambling around and tossing passes that seem impossible to complete. Yet, those unorthodox plays are typically some of his most successful.

In the latest Sports Illustrated cover story, writer Conor Orr talked to Wilson, as well as his coaches, trainers and even a physical therapist, to learn how Wilson makes these insane plays happen.

"Russell Wilson Things," as Orr explains, is an "ironically generic term we've coined for the freewheeling circumnavigation of defenders who have advanced deep into Seattle's backfield. The plays that seem increasingly doomed every time Wilson turns his back to the defense."

In the story, Orr virtually sat down with Wilson to analyze three specific plays where he made "Russell Wilson Things" happen. Also throughout the story, there were some great nuggets of information from Wilson and his trainers and coaches.

Here are some of the highlights:

"I just turned 31," Wilson said. "I'm right at the beginning of my prime. I have so many more years left. At least 10-plus years left. I'm just getting started. That's the fun part for me. My goal is to play another 15 years."

"In his mind, (Wilson) is eight years old, weaving through the Regency Square Mall in Richmond, where he grew up," Orr wrote. "He remembers navigating those floors, trying to keep his eyes focused on his destination and not on the hordes of bodies and swinging shopping bags in his path. He would spin and juke, developing a sense for the flow of the oncoming masses, and he'd feel the open avenues without staring them down. 'People were probably like, What is this kid doing?' he says, laughing."

"For Decker Davis, personal trainer to both Wilson and his wife, the singer Ciara, these plays represent a devotion to craft, the culmination of a workout plan," Orr wrote. "Davis and the QB re-create unusual football scenarios in strange places, searching, for example, for the hottest, deepest sand in Rio de Janeiro to practice throws and spinouts in the middle of Carnival. Something about that sand, Decker says, wears you out faster."

"(Maggie) Catlin, the UW physical therapist, compares what she's seen of Wilson to some of the other great modern quarterbacks," Orr wrote. "She says that, on a given play, his body goes through an entirely different process than, say, Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady experiences. Specifically: For Wilson, throwing on the run is truly throwing on the run."

You can read the full story here.

Social Post Of The Day

New Seahawks safety Jamal Adams had a series of posts about how happy he is to be in Seattle this season.

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