Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson’s long-lasting impression on Pete Carroll in 2012 NFL combine interview

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Russell Wilson’s NFL Combine experience is a great story.

The 5-foot-11 starting quarterback at Wisconsin tried to stuff his shoes with napkins and gel his hair up with the intention of measuring taller. Little did he know, players are barefoot when measured…

The underdog, under-sized quarterback heard murmurs from reporters that he was “too small” and that “he’ll never make it.” We know how this story ends as Wilson continues to prove everyone who doubted him wrong.

But what wasn’t measured numerically was Wilson’s unique mentality.

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Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll explains further in an interview with host Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-hosts Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice on July 17.

Russell is such an extraordinary man. He came to us with a mentality that was an exceptional mentality. When we were first interviewing him back at the combine years and years ago somebody had told me, ‘Russell Wilson is going to tell you things that you’re going to think aren’t going to be able to be true… If I were you, I would give him a chance to say what he wants to say and give it a chance to happen because it’s really likely that he’s going to bring it to life.’ — Pete Carroll

Obviously we weren’t there in the room during that interview, but we can only imagine that conversation had something to do with Wilson giving it his all 100 percent of the time, a consistent competition mindset, and being anything but ordinary.

 

That hard work and mentality is sure paying off.

Carroll continues:

This guys has done all of that. Russell Wilson has taught me that a person can live a life so extraordinarily, consistently confident and believe in himself and make it come to work every single day forever. He’s missed one play - knock on wood - in the years we’ve been together. He’s never missed practice, he’s never missed a meeting. He’s never missed the opportunity to be on the absolute tip of the spear driving to be as good as he can be. — Pete Carroll

He is the driving force and mold that keeps the Seahawks a dangerous threat year after year.

The 31-year-old, Super Bowl champ and nine-year veteran is showing no signs of slowing down and could easily end next season with the MVP trophy by his side.

Man would we have loved to been a fly on the wall during Wilson’s combine interview.

You can listen to the full interview below: