ARLINGTON, Texas — Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson’s celebrity has taken off since winning the Super Bowl. But he’s clearly not satisfied with claiming one title so early in his NFL career.
Wilson has a big goal in mind: Be the greatest quarterback in NFL history.
Wilson, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Texas Rangers-Philadelphia Phillies game on Wednesday, said his late father used to always tell him: “Russ, why not you?”
“Why can’t I be the best quarterback to ever play the game one day?’ Wilson said. “I’m not right now. I’ve got a long way to go. But one day, you know?”
Wilson said “a championship offseason is in process” for him right now and that he’s been in communication with many of his Seahawks’ teammates, who remain hungry to win another championship.
Part of Wilson’s offseason was spent picking the brains of Rangers players, coaches and management after they selected him in the Rule-5 draft in December. Of course, that’s a two-way street as Wilson came to spring training and spoke to the club’s employees and its minor league prospects, sharing some of his experiences.
“I love the game of baseball, but being around keeps me going and keeps my mind on the next thing and how I can improve on that championship mindset,” Wilson said.
He plans on staying in town to attend the Final Four and cheer on his Wisconsin Badgers, who face Kentucky on Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, home of the Dallas Cowboys. Wilson transferred from NC State to Wisconsin and helped the Badgers to a Rose Bowl appearance before heading to the NFL.
Wilson, 25, was asked about Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, who also knows plenty about celebrity. Wilson said he doesn’t know Romo personally, but considers him “a great quarterback.”
“Watching him on film, he makes a lot of great plays and he’s elusive and finds ways to find his guys,” Wilson said. “I have a lot of respect for Tony Romo and what he does for the Dallas Cowboys.”
But Wilson’s focus is on the Seahawks and how he can improve as both a player on the field and as a leader.
“I think a great leader is consistent every day,” Wilson said. “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.”
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.