After becoming the highest-paid player in the NFL this offseason, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is eying a more lofty goal in his future.
He wants to play in the NFL until he’s 45. (Yes, you read that right).
"Seven years has gone by so fast,” Wilson told NFL.com’s Michael Silver. “You think about just turning 30 years and what I have for the rest of my career -- for the next 10-15 years -- I'm just fired up about it. You think about some of the best quarterbacks of all time, guys like Drew (Brees), guys like Tom (Brady), who (are playing into their 40s). I really look up to those guys. There's so much more to do."
The eight-year veteran already has a pair of back-to-back Super Bowl trips under his belt, one which gave Seattle its first Super Bowl title in team history in 2014, as well as five Pro Bowls to his name.
Wilson doesn’t believe his career is anywhere near winding down, pointing to the longevity of veteran quarterbacks Tom Brady and Drew Brees.
"I feel like I'm just getting started," Wilson said. ”That's the scary part. That's the most exciting part. That's really where I believe that I am right now: I'm just getting started. And I believe this team is just getting started. So, I think that we can do anything that we set our minds out to do."
If Wilson were to play into his 40s, he’d join a modest group of elite quarterbacks in the over-40 quarterback group. Brady won a Super Bowl last season at age 41, while Drew Brees finished second in MVP voting at 39.
The Seahawks star is coming off one of his most efficient seasons after completing 65.6 percent of his passes for 3,448 yards and a career-high 35 touchdowns. He also recorded a personal best passer rating of 110.9, which boosted his overall career mark to 100.3, second to only Aaron Rodgers.
While Wilson's status among the pantheon of all-time NFL quarterbacks has been questioned over the years, the 30-year-old's ability to carry his team in what was supposed to be a rebuilding year in 2018, exemplifies why Wilson deserves to be elevated to the next level.
"I think last year was exciting because everybody said that we couldn't be successful," Wilson said. "I knew that we were gonna be a really good team, 'cause of our coaching staff, because of the players that we have, the young guys and the work ethic. It wasn't gonna be easy. But we were willing to put the work in. We had a great culture, everybody was really fired up about it. But we didn't get to where we wanted to go."
But if Wilson wants to remain in tip-top shape, he’ll need Seattle’s offensive line to progressively get stronger and stouter. The group that was once the team's Achilles heel has shown strides in pass protection, and ranked 19th best in the NFL in pass-blocking efficiency last season.