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Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck announces retirement, ending Luck vs. Russell Wilson saga

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Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck announces retirement, ending Luck vs. Russell Wilson saga

It was the tale of two quarterbacks: One taken with the first overall pick by the Indianapolis Colts in the 2012 NFL Draft, another fell to the third round and was selected 75th overall by the Seattle Seahawks.

We’re talking Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson—two franchise quarterbacks, who many have compared since the NFL Combine and their rookie seasons. Not any longer.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Luck has informed the Colts that he is retiring from the NFL. Luck, who will turn 30 in September, has reportedly met with owner Jim Irsay to share his decision.

Luck confirmed his retirement hours later.

The NFL’s Most Improved Player last season was anticipated to lead a Super Bowl caliber roster to a successful season in 2019. Luck threw for 4,593 yards, 39 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 2018, but has not appeared in any preseason games due to lower leg injury.

Now, 26-year-old Jacoby Brissett will assume starting QB duties.

Luck’s last game against Wilson and the Seahawks was during the 2018 preseason. He led the Colts to two field goals by completing 6 of 9 passes for 64 yards and a 87.3 passer rating.

While Luck’s NFL career has come to a close, Wilson’s appears far from over. The Seahawks franchise QB became the NFL's highest paid quarterback after agreeing to a $140 million contract extension to remain in Seattle through 2023. 

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson on joining Sounders ownership: 'I've always loved soccer'

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson on joining Sounders ownership: 'I've always loved soccer'

A young Russell Wilson laced up his cleats, tucked in his jersey and stepped on the field for the first time.

No, it wasn’t football turf or infield clay below his feet. It was a soccer field—the place where Wilson fell in love with the other football for the first time.

“I’ve always loved soccer. That was actually the first sport I ever played,” Wilson said. “I played goalie. I left at goalie too much though. I was always trying to score all the time...I played attacker too.” 

Wilson's sport of choice may have changed over the years, but the Seattle Seahawks franchise quarterback is still in attack mode. Wilson and his wife, Ciara, announced this week they would become part owners of the Seattle Sounders, Seattle’s MLS franchise.

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“I’ve always wanted to be a sports owner,” Wilson said of his decision. “Always wanted to get involved in helping cultures and continuing to establish them and grow them, be around great players. I love sports. I’ve also always loved the Sounders, just going to games. I love the crowd. I love the chants they do and clapping. It’s pretty cool…It’s a legacy thing for our family too.”

Wilson said a dinner at his house, alongside Ciara, Sounders owner Adrian Hanauer, former Microsoft executive president Terry Myerson and others sparked his decision to become involved with the team.

He had also heard whispers about a California equity firm’s interest in buying the team and possible wanting to relocate it.

“I think we really care about Seattle. It’s a special place for us and we wanted to make sure it didn’t move anywhere else to be honest with you,” Wilson said. “[We] really just tried to say hey let’s keep this in Seattle,” Wilson said. “Let’s keep the Sounders in Seattle. Took a cool selfie photo and said let’s do this. We were in.”

While Wilson is “all in” on his new part ownership with Sounders FC, the All-Pro quarterback is also preparing his mind and body for his eighth NFL season.

“I have a routine that I do, I’m going through all my steps just to make sure that I’m fully ready, get your cleats right, get your mind right, get this right, this right, footwork etc,” Wilson said. “All those things that you would do on a game day, or a big championship game, make sure you’re doing those.”

Ranking the Top-10 quarterbacks entering the 2019 NFL season

Ranking the Top-10 quarterbacks entering the 2019 NFL season

Our partners over at Pro Football Focus (PFF) have put together a list of the Top 10 QBs this season in the NFL

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson made the list, slotting in at number six. 

PFF had this to say about Wilson's outlook this season:

Wilson has ranked inside the top-10 in overall grade among qualifying quarterbacks in six of his seven years in the NFL, and he only dropped to 14th in the only season he ranked outside the top-10 (2014). His passing grade and passer rating from a clean pocket – two very stable metrics year over year – have both ranked inside the top-10 in each of the past two seasons, and he’s ranked inside the top-10 in at least one of the two metrics in every season but his 2016 campaign.

One of Wilson's greatest advantages is his consistancy. With a recently inked new contract deal, Wilson will now be out to prove he deserves the money as he became the NFL's highest paid QB at the time of the deal. 

With a possible two-headed monster at RB and an underrated offensive line, the Seahawks could be a good contender to surprise people this season. Las Vegas has their win total slotted at 8.5. Last year Seattle won 10 games. 

Be sure to check out our Seahawks Insider, Joe Fann, and keep it locked here at NBCSportsNorthwest.com for all your Seahawks coverage this season. 

Baby Shark as only Ciara can

Baby Shark as only Ciara can

The “Baby Shark” challenge has not died yet.

In a video on Instagram Wednesday, Ciara, wife of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, was seen doing the 1-2 step in a pool to the song we love to hate, Baby Shark.

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Baby 🦈🤣. #MommyShark #GoodTimes

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The video has already racked up nearly 1.8 million views, and the Pro Bowl quarterback was apparently a huge fan. Wilson commented of Ciara’s Baby Shark post with the hashtag #HotMommaShark.

While Ciara has been showcasing her dance moves in the pool this summer, there’s no such thing as a vacation for Wilson. The 30-year-old QB has been working out alongside former backup quarterback, Jake Heaps, who is head coach of the Russell Wilson Quarterback Academy.

Wilson and his fellow Seahawks will report to training camp in Renton beginning July 25.

Face App: Seattle Seahawks Social Media Reacts

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Face App: Seattle Seahawks Social Media Reacts

With the world run by social media, it seems as if there are new viral sensations every day. Recently, our feeds have been filled by “Face App” filters, which can digitally change the features on your face. Yesterday, people around the world used the age filter to get a little insight into what they might look like down the road. 

 

Members of the Seattle Seahawks took full advantage of the uproar. Players such as Russell Wilson and Justin Britt posted the results on Instagram, and the Seahawks’ social media team also had some fun with the likes of Michael Dickson, KJ Wright, the Griffin brother, and Tyler Lockett. Take a look below!

 

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Told y'all I'm gonna play for a long time! #SilverFox

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How I be feeling by week 16

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Tyler Ott, Jason Myers, Michael Dickson

 

Jarran Reed, KJ Wright, Bradley McDougald, Shaquem Griffin, Shaquill Griffin

 

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Looks like the Seattle Seahawks just found their next great quarterback

Looks like the Seattle Seahawks just found their next great quarterback

With the NFL offseason coming to a close, it looks like Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is using every chance he can to spend time with his family. 

Wilson posted a video on Twitter earlier today practicing football drills with his step-son, Future Zahir Wilburn, the son of Ciara and rapper Future’s relationship from 2013 to 2014. Despite not being his biological father, Wilson has essentially played the patriarchal role in little Future’s life.

Wilson also has a daughter with Ciara named Sienna, who was born in 2017. The two have been married since 2016.

Alongside family time, Wilson is currently busy with the Russell Wilson Quarterback Academy, a private QB development and mentorship program led by Wilson and Jake Heaps, a former local star from Skyline High School in Sammamish, Washington. We will soon see if Future is on the attendance list.

Wilson is getting ready to start his eighth training camp with the Seahawks, which begin on July 25.

Seattle Seahawks Russell Wilson, D.K. Metcalf already building chemistry ahead of training camp

Seattle Seahawks Russell Wilson, D.K. Metcalf already building chemistry ahead of training camp

Even though Seattle Seahawks training camp does not start until July 25, two important members of the team already look in sync.

Franchise quarterback Russell Wilson and rookie receiver D.K. Metcalf took to Twitter on Wednesday to share some video from their recent workouts at UCLA, and the two Seahawks on-field relationship looks promising.

Metcalf, the Seahawks second-round pick in 2019, also seems to be working on adding to his route wheel. The darling of the NFL Combine, Metcalf shined due to his physical frame and explosive speed. However, he raised some concerns due to a lack of diversity.

Projected to be primarily a straight-line route runner, if Metcalf can continue to expand and improve his game, he could exceed his status as Seattle’s projected No. 2 receiver.

“He’s a freak of nature,” Wilson said of Metcalf in May. “He’s a guy that can run as fast as can be. He can go up and get it, he can run all the routes and stuff like that. So it’ll be exciting to see his evolution.”

This isn’t Wilson’s first offseason down in Southern California. The Pro Bowl quarterback, who agreed to a four-year, $140 million extension this spring, has spent every July since 2012 working out on the UCLA campus in Westwood.

Russell Wilson bites: The Seattle Seahawks' QB touches on a variety of topics at minicamp

Russell Wilson bites: The Seattle Seahawks' QB touches on a variety of topics at minicamp

RENTON, Wash. - Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson met with the media following the second day of minicamp at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center and had plenty to say about his evolving relationship with offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, the receiving corps, the offensive line and facing the pressure brought by a signing a huge, new contract 

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Year two with offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer: Wilson went through the experimental phase with his new OC last year and the product turned out well. In year two, Wilson hopes to see the offense take another step because the synergy between the two has naturally improved.

Now, according to Wilson, when the two arrive for a meeting following practice they both have an idea of what the other is thinking and more easily share ideas. That enhanced relationship has helped the pair work on expanding the downfield passing game .

"How we're trying to attack defenses, how we're trying to make plays, it's very exciting," Wilson said. 

Last week Schottenheimer said he believed Seattle is the best play-action team in the league and that statement is not farfetched.

"Russ’s ability to throw the ball deep down the field, that was evident last year the last eight games, we were, I think, top three or four," Schottenheimer said. "He’s just got a great feel for it."

D.K. Metcalf and the rookie receivers: The shimmer and shine that covers rookie receiver D.K. Metcalf has yet to wear off. He's so far lived up to expectations this offseason, albeit in non-live action without pads.

"I think DK is looking really, really special," Wilson said. "He can do anything and everything. He's tremendous."

Seattle also drafted Gary Jennings - banged up and out of practice - in the fourth round and John Ursua in the seventh round. Having three rookie receivers can often prove daunting but according to Wilson, all three have assimilated well. 

"To be honest with you, not in a negative way, I'm kind of shocked at how good we've been in terms of the young guys coming in...," Wilson said. "Just how everything has clicked in such a smooth way. I feel like I've been doing it for years with these guys and so that's a good thing."

Wilson said he's been impressed with both the intelligence and skill of the new receivers. 

"The amount of guys that we have across the board from left to right that can really make a lot of plays and do a lot of special things is exciting," Wilson said.

At the forefront remains Metcalf, who is impossible to miss at 6-foot-3, 228-pounds of blazing beastliness. But there's more to Metcalf than physical prowess. Wilson said Metcalf is a very cerebral receiver, which has helped him make a strong transition thus far. 

"How he processes information and how he quickly he understands it, he is really intelligent," Wilson said. "He understands the game really well. He takes coaching well. He gets extra work. He's a legit pro wide receiver. He's everything that everybody was talking about in terms of what he's capable of and more."

Wilson said he learned quickly what Metcalf had to offer during a 20-minute conversation with him shortly after the Seahawks selected him in the second round of April's NFL Draft. . 

"You can sense it," Wilson said. "When you've been around and you've played and you've understand and you've played yourself, you can tell the guys that really hunting for something special. And I think he is."

Of course, all of the praise now ultimately won't mean much if the rookies don't shine when things get real come late July. 

"The biggest things is, the reality...we'll find out a lot when we strap on the pads and make plays," Wilson said. "That's when you find the true stars and the true players."

Wilson said he plans to host the receivers to Los Angeles, Calif., later this summer for some additional work, something he's done since following his rookie year. 

Surging offensive line: Left tackle Duane Brown said last week that he believes Seattle's offensive line could develop into the best the NFL has to offer. Right tackle Germain Ifedi said yesterday that he didn't believe Brown's assertions were out of bounds. 

Wilson said today that the continuity of the line (four starters return) gives the group a chance to be great.

"I think that finally we've got some consistency upfront of what we know what we want to do and how we want to do it," Wilson said. "If we continue to run the football really well, pass protect and make our explosive plays but also just be great in clutch time, then there's nothing we can't do.

Does $140 million bring added pressure?: Wilson signed a four-year extension this offseason that made him the highest paid player in the NFL and gave him five years total under contract with the Seahawks. Such status, Wilson said, does not come with added pressure.

"No, not at all," he said. "I think I always put enough positive pressure on myself. You look forward to the moments, you look forward to the challenges, you look forward to the opportunity, you look forward to greatness, you look forward to having success, and then it doesn’t waver. My mindset from my first year to this year, it didn’t change anything. I always say pressure was when my dad was on his death bed. And this is a game I get to play. I get to throw a football for a living and get to do what I love to do and get to be around a lot of great guys and a lot of great fans. So I think there’s an excitement to do what you set out to do, and that’s to win a Super Bowl."

 

Russell Wilson takes over Portland Diamond Project Twitter to provide updates on MLB to PDX

Russell Wilson takes over Portland Diamond Project Twitter to provide updates on MLB to PDX

When Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson isn’t launching 53-yard bombs to Tyler Lockett in the end zone, the Super Bowl Champion and perennial Pro Bowler is on a quest to bring Major League Baseball to Portland.

Wilson is one of the investors and co-founders of the Portland Diamond Project, a group that is leading the push in bringing a baseball team to the Rose City. 

The two-sport athlete was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 2007 and the Colorado Rockies in 2010. He recent participated in spring training games for the Texas Rangers and New York Yankees. Now, he wants to build a baseball community in Portland. 

Wilson took over the PDX Diamond Project’s Twitter account to answer your questions. Here’s a wrap up from today’s Q&A. 

On which baseball players he looked up to growing up: 

On whether he plans on getting any other athletes involved in the project: 

On how soon Portland could have a ballpark:

On whether or not the Mariners and Portland's baseball team could build a rivalry: 

On where fans can buy a PDX Diamond Project baseball jersey seen here

On whether or not Wilson will attend baseball games, and if so, who does he want to see: 

On a timeframe for a possible opening pitch: 

On his favorite baseball memory: 

For more information on how you can help bring MLB to PDX, visit the Portland Diamond Project's website here

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson says he wants to play in NFL for 15 more years

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson says he wants to play in NFL for 15 more years

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. 

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