Russell Wilson found motivations like Michael Jordan | Instant News

SEATTLE – Russell Wilson is a positive source, and always has been. Next time he would say disappointing words in public about a teammate or Seahawk would be the first. The style is to try to lift everyone up through encouragement and praise rather than motivating through criticism and fear.

You might have guessed who I am comparing it to this front: Michael Jordan, as exemplified in ESPN The last dance. On the surface, their entire modus operandi could not be more different. Wilson would never even think of riding his team-mates like Jordan did with Scott Burrell, Steve Kerr, et al. Just listen to Wilson’s news conference when he talks about fellow Seahawks – he kills them well.

But there is one area where I see similarities in these two elite athletes. This documentary details how Jordan will turn a bit of contention into a deep grudge – and he does not go beyond making details, like when Jordan said the Washington Bullets rookie LaBradford Smith had the courage to tell him, “Good game, Mike,” after Smith scored 37 points against the Bulls. Apparently that never happened. But Jordan still used it to add 36 points the following night vs Bullets – in the first round.

Then there was when Karl Malone won the league MVP award over Jordan. And Bulls general manager Jerry Krause too praised Toni Kukoc before Kukoc even joined the team. And when Krause told me how much he liked Dan Majerle’s game. And when Jordan thinks Bryon Russell is rude during the meeting. And when George Karl walked past without greeting the restaurant.

You got the photo. There may be 10 more examples in the Jordan documentary raising his game to prove someone wrong.

Wilson, throughout his career, also seemed strong driven by contempt. Of course that rarely happens among athletes, but Wilson is famous for his ability to turn moments like that into another climb.

You can go back to 2011, when North Carolina State coach Tom O’Brien chose Mike Glennon over Wilson (5 feet 11, 206 pounds) as the initial quarterback to enter Wilson’s senior season. Wilson was immediately transferred to Wisconsin and led Badgers to the Rose Bowl with a brilliant season. Glennon was designed by Bucs and is largely a career reserve.

Speaking at the Wisconsin graduation ceremony in 2016, Wilson described the event in very Jordanesque terms, as transcribed by ESPN:

“The summer before my senior year in college, I played little league baseball. I called my soccer coach on N.C. State and said, “Hey coach, I want to go back for my senior year.” He told me that I would not return.

“He said,” Listen boy, you will never play in the National Football League. You are too small. No chance. You are not shot. Surrender ‘Of course, I was on this side of the phone saying,’ So, you told me that I would not return to N.C. State? I will not see the field? “He said, ‘No son, you will not see the field.’

“Now, this is all that I have been working on and now it’s completely gone. If I want to follow my dream, I have to leave the N.C state. I don’t know if I will get a second chance somewhere else. “

Some of the details that Wilson recounted in the speech have been questioned. But there is no doubt that Wilson felt guilty and used those emotions to show O’Brien that he had made a mistake – as he did when he was skipped in the first two rounds of the 2012 NFL draft, as Wilson had fought, for his entire career, against the assumption that he is too short to succeed as an elite quarterback.

I say this now not only to juxtapose the similarities (and differences) between Wilson and Jordan at the time The last dance still a hot topic of conversation. But also because of the words of national radio host Colin Cowherd, who was at 710 ESPN Seattle on Wednesday and expressed the opinion that the Seahawks did not respect or respect Wilson.

Now, it must be noted that this is Cowherd, not Wilson. Cowherd is a loyal and tireless supporter of the Seahawks midfielder, who last month called him the NFL’s best player, having previously stated he was the most underrated and undervalued athlete in sports history.

Cowherd grew up in Washington state and clearly has a close relationship with the pro team in the state. He also shared representatives with Wilson’s wife, Ciara, who might give him insight into how Wilson, or at least those close to Wilson, thought.

On Wednesday, Cowherd said at 710 ESPN, referring to the Seahawks, “I don’t think they got Russell, I don’t think they appreciated it. They said they did it; their actions told me they didn’t. … I just didn’t think they respect Russell Wilson. I never have … I just don’t think they understand what they have. “

I don’t see it that way at all, and I can show quite convincingly the four-year contract worth $ 140 million (with a no-trade clause) they gave last year. The deal made him the highest-paid player in NFL history and tied him to the organization through the 2023 season, which barely screamed in disrespect or underappreciation.

Cowherd gave several examples of how he felt the Seahawks had made Wilson’s mistakes, including their inability to surround him with elite talent for violations, the fact that they did not openly fire on the possibility of signing Cam Newton as a reserve quarterback (as the Steelers did), and the refusal of coach Pete Carroll to opening up the offense to take full advantage of Wilson’s talent.

That can be countered by showing the fact that the Seahawks have built a team that is successful enough to reach the playoffs (and win in two points) in all but one of Wilson’s eight seasons. And Carroll will no doubt say that their offensive system is the reason Wilson posted the star statistics. Also, I can see why the Seahawks don’t feel the need to shoot every rumor, and always leave the door unlocked for potential transactions, no matter how unlikely they are.

I doubt whether Wilson will ever shake the boat, even if he believes the Seahawks don’t fulfill his wish list to add more “superstar” stars during the offseason. What’s more, I feel he really likes Carroll. And when Wilson said after signing his new contract, “I love Seattle. This is the place I want to be, and always want to be, “I believe that is an accurate representation.

But if Wilson wants to secretly look at things like trade investigations reported in Seattle with Cleveland involving Wilson and No. 1 and 4 overall pick in the 2018 draft; or that Seahawks general manager John Schneider checked Wyoming pro pro Josh Allen in the same year – huh, I think the Seahawks should welcome him.

Whatever triggers a fire.

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