Russell Wilson is the greatest quarterback in Seahawks history, but what he never played in Seattle.
According to NBC Sports’ Peter King, this scenario actually could have unfolded. In 2012, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll flew out to Denver, a few minutes from the Broncos facility, to pursue then free agent Peyton Manning, but things didn’t go as planned.
“Manning didn’t go meet Pete Carroll,” King said on “The Record.” “Pete Carroll flew to Denver chasing Peyton Manning and Manning never met with him. He got back on the plane and just flew back to Seattle. It was really kind of a crazy time.”
King also noted that Manning, who was also being pursued by the San Francisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans and Denver Broncos upon his release by the Indianapolis Colts, was bothered by the fact Carroll showed up alone.
“[Manning] almost put off by the fact that you spent all this time and energy and fuel and whatever to come down here when I told you, ‘It's not going to happen. I'm not doing it,’” King said.
We’ll never know what would have happened if Manning and Carroll’s meeting took place, but perhaps Manning would have been a Seahawk. It’s also fair to assume that Russell Wilson wouldn’t have been taken in the third round, No. 75 overall by Seattle.
Everything worked out as it was supposed to for Pete Carroll and the Seahawks, however. In 2013, Seattle went on to win its first Super Bowl title, taking down Manning and the Broncos.
Wilson has since vaulted into the NFL’s elite and already hoisted one Lombardi trophy in his eight-year career. Last season, Wilson produced an incredible list of records and milestones, was named to a seventh Pro Bowl and picked up the first All-Pro honor of his career.
Don't be surprised if Wilson, who once attended Manning's football camp in the 10th grade, one day joins his football idol in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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