Whenever faced with pressure, whether it relates to being rushed by defenders, criticism or competition, Russell Wilson is cool as a cucumber. The Seattle Seahawks rookie signal-caller spoke about his height (after being goaded a bit by the host) and the quarterback competition in the latest edition of fellow teammate and fullback Michael Robinson’s The Real Rob Report.
“What do you say about people who say you’re too short, Shorty?” Robinson asked. “Because you are short. Let’s just honest. You’re a short little dude.”
The 5-11, 204-pound Wilson, selected in the third round (75th overall) in the 2012 NFL Draft, wasn’t phased.
“I don’t worry about the critics,” Wilson said. “I’ve been blessed to have the opportunity to play in the National Football League, and I know that I’m just going to push my talents as far as I can go. And then wherever the Lord takes me, and I know He’ll take me a long way, it’ll be great.”
While Doug Flutie believes the league has a bias against shorter signal-callers, Seattle might be an exception.
Regardless of the reason(s) why they chose Wilson much higher than many expected he would get drafted in April, the Seahawks saw something in him and have already thrust him right into a three-man competition for the starting quarterback position heading into his rookie season.
Nevertheless, when asked how he continues to keep the quarterback competition friendly, Wilson mentioned that he doesn’t see the situation as a competition with his teammates.
“I think the best way is you’ve got to realize who you’re competing against,” Wilson said. “We’re not competing against the Seahawks, we’re competing against other teams and competing against ourselves to be the best. We’re competing against all the other great quarterbacks in the National Football League to win a lot of games. That’s what we’re about, we’re about winning the Super Bowl.”
You have to like his attitude. Wilson, 23, might be a project, but he has a ton of talent, too.
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