There are many different methods out there to calming your nerves — 12 step processes, a day at the spa, relaxing chants, etc. There are many people out there that use one of these methods, but Russell Wilson is not one of them. Wilson is a man with a plan; he has no nerves or so he says, “You’re never nervous when you’re prepared,” Wilson said. “There’s going to be adversity, but you have to make big-time plays in the big-time games.”
Wilson has had some of his best moments on the big stage. Last season, Wilson brought the Seattle Seahawks back from a 14-0 deficit against the Washington Redskins, and then a week later, rallied the team from a 27-7 deficit in the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons.
We always say that experience makes a player better. Wilson is a player who attributes success to experience. Even in the defeat against the Falcons, Wilson believes his team showed how much they wanted to win, stating, “It showed our resilience, the ability to gut it out and come back. And having that experience is great, obviously.”
Even though the Seahawks went on to lose the game against the Falcons, it was a coming-out of sorts for Wilson. For many, it was the first time to watch Wilson on national television.
Wilson is a humble player, but he would be foolish for not recognizing himself as an up-and-coming, potentially elite, quarterback in the NFL. His tight end, Zach Miller, believes Wilson is the best in the league. Miller was quoted saying, “Well, I’m biased, but I think Russell is the best of the bunch.“
His teammates have faith in him and Wilson trusts himself. We will see if Wilson has what it takes to claim that status of “elite” and if he can make those “big-time plays” in this weekend’s big time game against the New Orleans Saints.