Russell Wilson: Seattle Seahawks are a “big family”
By Lee Vowell
The media keeps saying the Seahawks are in disarray in the locker room. Seattle players push back. What’s the truth?
There seems to have been a constant call and response between media and the Seahawks this offseason. Richard Sherman is an issue in the locker room? Many players say no outwardly and others confirm, supposedly, the story to local writers. Russell Wilson is not well-liked or necessarily trusted in the locker room? Michael Bennett quickly dismiss the rumor.
Honestly, the Seahawks are an easy group to talk smack about. They have a coach in Pete Carroll who wants the players to be themselves. Seattle has players who enjoy that as well. Plus, many Seahawks are outspoken, smart and not very shy. Seattle is more open to voicing concerns and opinions. In return, the media can more easily dissect, cover and, sometimes, get the story wrong.
At ESPN’s ESPYs on Wednesday, Wilson told reporter Hannah Storm
"We love to win and we’re a big family, We are dedicated to doing whatever it takes to win and we have done that for the past five years and we’ll continue to do that. That’s our mission and we’re all together. We don’t fear anything. We go to work everyday. And we’re excited about going to work. We’re excited about the competition. We’re excited about going after it and playing at the highest, highest level. We have high expectations and nobody’s expectations can get higher than ours"
The truth in words
The “we’re a big family” part might sound like a cliche and from other players it would be. But from Wilson, you know he means that. Honestly, those words are probably the truth and no one who is on the outside could dispute them.
Some Seahawks might not agree with Sherman very much. Seattle has some who probably feel envious of the quarterback’s attention; all teams have players who have that emotion towards their quarterback. But what helps separate this current group of Seahawks from most other teams is that players know they can be themselves, but they also understand other players on the team will be themselves.
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This has helped Seattle be successful over the last five years. This team, this brotherhood, this family will also be successful for the foreseeable future as well. As long as they are open to simply being open…