Seahawks defend Wilson: Heart, not height

Updated: January 27, 2014, 4:00 PM ET

Terry Blount |

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Yes, the Seattle Seahawks players on offense know their quarterback is short. It’s not a news flash, but they heard numerous questions Monday from the Super Bowl media about Russell Wilson‘s lack of height, and they were ready for them.

“I saw what was in his heart before I saw his stature,” said offensive tackle Russell Okung. “Russell is just an amazing man, always looking to make the great play.”

The word great, in some form, kept coming up when the Seahawks described Wilson.

“What I respect about him the most is his relentless will to be great,” said Seattle fullback Michael Robinson. “He is really serious about his craft. He is into every possible detail of his game.”

Receiver Golden Tate, who is only 5-foot-10, knew better than to judge Wilson based on his size.

“We’re both little guys,” Tate said. “But the thing about Russell is he’s always chasing greatness, and that’s contagious. We feed off it.”

Tight end Zach Miller admits he was a little skeptical when Wilson first arrived in Seattle as a rookie last season.

“Sure, I noticed he was short,” Miller said. “But he won me over so quickly. The first thing I noticed was that he’s a playmaker. He was making these throws where I would think, ‘Wow. This guy’s got it.’ And he just wants to win so badly. You love playing with a guy like that. He makes you better.”

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