It may be just a pre-season game, but Thursday’s game at San Diego has some special meaning to Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson as he will get a chance to play on the same field as his father.
Wilson’s dad, Harrison Wilson III, was one of the final cuts of the Chargers in 1980.
“That’s where my dad played at one point, so just to go back there and think about those memories and stuff — he didn’t play there very long but it still means a lot to me,” Russell Wilson said. “So I’m excited about it.”
Harrison Wilson III, who had long struggled with diabetes, died in 2010 after a lengthy illness.
Russell Wilson also talked Tuesday about the team’s plans for the Chargers.
“We’re not going to show it all,” Wilson said of the offense. “I’m just going to call the plays when coach (Darrell) Bevell calls them. We’re not going to go too much into detail. We want to get ready just to make sure that the fundamentals are right first, because it all starts with the fundamentals of the offense. We’re going to focus on what we can do in the game and how we can adjust. Then as the season goes on we will incorporate more and more.”
Wilson, though, noted that he’s in a different role this pre-season than a year ago, when he as fighting to win the job instead of being the established team leader.
“Last season obviously I played a lot,” Wilson said. “But this preseason, I’m still going to be in on every play even if I’m not in the game. I want to play a lot, but obviously coach is going to make that decision.”
Wilson also talked about spreading the ball around to more receivers this year and being more efficient on third down. You can hear those comments in the video below:
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