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September 11, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson talks about his history with the Chargers, his sleep patterns, and more

Lots of good stuff today from Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson when he met the media today, including his remembrances of what the San Diego Chargers — this week’s opponent — meant to him as a youth.

Wilson’s father, Harrison Wilson III, tried out for the Chargers in 1980 as a receiver and was among the final  cuts.

“The first football I ever touched was a San Diego Chargers’ football that my dad scored against the 49ers, ironically,” Wilson said today. “For me it’s a special thing to get to go back there to Qualcomm Stadium and play in that stadium. Dan Fouts was the quarterback at the time. My dad used to tell me stories about Kellen Wislow Sr. calling him the professor because my dad went to Darmouth College and then went to UVA Law School then played for a short period of time with the Chargers. But he wore those big old glasses so they called him the professor. So for me, thinking about all those memories and I know we had Kellen Wislow Jr. here at one point my rookie season. The first thing he said to me was that, ‘hey my dad just wanted me to let you know he still remembers your dad’ and all that. I have those memories. That’s how I really learned to throw a football. That was the first football I ever touched, the first football I ever threw. At the end of the day though, it’s not about that, about going back and thinking about those memories. It’s about trying to win the football game and focusing on that moment.

Here’s more of what Wilson said today, with some video below:

(On what it is going to be like to play the Chargers for the second time in a month) It’s going to be a great game. We know that they have a great offense. We know that they fly around on defense and make a lot of plays. They were in a tough, tough game last week against the Arizona Cardinals so we’re going to have to play our best football. Going on the road, that’s an exciting part for us, we always do love going on the road even though there’s no place like home but I think for us, we really need to make sure we stay on schedule, especially offensively. Stay on schedule, do our part and just execute.

(On how different their defense looked last week compared to what you saw in the preseason) Well their defense, like I said, flies around. They make a lot plays. I don’t think [Dwight] Freeney played in that game. I think a couple other guys didn’t play as well. They bring a good amount of pressure. They make their plays and they make it tough on third down for guys. We’re going to have to be on top of our game. They show a lot of different looks and we will be ready for that through our preparation and through our studying. We’re just going to have to play it, one play at a time and see how on schedule we can be. Keep those down and distances short and capitalize when those game altering plays come around.

(On the reason for success with the fly sweep) I think just the speed we have on the field. It makes it tough for defenses to try to catch up, all the receivers that we have and the speed at the receiver position. That’s what I told you guys in camp, I truly believe we may have the fastest receivers in the National Football League right now. You add the running backs with Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin we can make a lot of plays.

(On how precise the timing is on the fly sweep and how long it took them to get it down) The timing of it, I don’t know, has to be just right, I guess. I think you just practice it, the more you practice it, the more in rhythm you get with your guys, the more rhythm you have with the receivers and running backs who run that. I think they do a really good job of it. Max Unger is one of the best centers in the game. He does a great job of snapping the ball on time and making sure the rhythm of the play is exactly where it needs to be.

(On how the fly sweep affects the other team’s defense) Yeah, it definitely affects the defense. Just to see the guys freeze or they will run one way and the ball will be going the other way. Just to keep them guessing, really. We do some much motion and shifting anyway they don’t really know what’s going to happen. Coach Bevell has done a tremendous job of putting us in great situations and then the players that we have, they work really hard at always getting positive gains. That’s what our running backs and our skill position guys do.

(On if he ever met Chargers QB Philip Rivers while he was at NC State) I believe I met Philip when I was at NC State for a short period of time. I heard a lot about him and knew a lot about him. NC State loves Philip Rivers, all the amazing things that he’s done. He’s got a lot of kids so he never really got to come back to NC State often and living in San Diego, he was always busy so I never really got to see him. I’ve talked to him a few times and I’ve gotten to know him over the past two years a decent amount. He’s a great guy, great quarterback, great competitor and he does a great job for the Chargers.

(On how Ricardo Lockette looks now compared to when he played with him his rookie season) That’s a guy that has so much talent. He can absolutely fly. He catches the ball extremely well. He’s very physical – you see him on special teams, you see him at the receiver position, blocking for our running backs. The strides that he has made from my rookie season until now are exponential. I think that what he recognizes and how he sees the defense and knowing the right route and the right time and when to convert and when not to and when to find a hole. He’s a guy that’s a big time play maker for us. I believe that that will be this year as you saw in the first game. He can do a lot of things for us. He’s a 4.3 type speed guy. He would probably say 4.2 something. He’s a guy that works really hard every day.

(On how he thought he played against Green Bay) I thought I did a good job. I thought I could have played better in the third quarter. I kind of got away from a few things here and there for whatever reason. It’s the first game so I just want to keep growing and keep progressing. I thought we played really well though. The management of the game was very good. Then in terms of executing when we really needed to and making the big time plays when we really needed to and putting them away, I thought we did a really good job at that.

(On how he does sleeping on the road the night before a game) I think I’ve trained myself in terms of sleeping. This may sound crazy. I try not to get much sleep during the week. I may try to get five or six hours. I would probably say roughly right around six hours, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Friday, I come in a little bit later. I get in around 8:30 AM and then we have our meeting at 9 AM, kind of relax a little bit, try to ease my mind a little bit because I believe I put all my work in during the meat time of the week. Then Saturday, I sleep like a rock. I probably sleep 10 to 12 hours. That’s why I think I have so much energy on Sunday because I haven’t gotten any sleep. I don’t know if this is a trick or what but I truly believe in it. I don’t get much sleep at the beginning of the week but then come Sunday, I get all this sleep. I’ve learned how to function really well without much sleep so when I get a lot of sleep, it’s like gold.

(On if he ever has to drink a Rockstar to keep going) No I don’t drink a Rockstar. I don’t think I’ve ever really had an energy drink like that before. But no, I’m just wired that way.

(On if he ever drinks coffee) I do drink coffee every once in a while. I have a huge Starbucks machine in my house. I use it sometimes in the morning but that’s usually more on the weekends. I don’t usually drink coffee. I try to stay alert all the time, try to keep myself moving. Coach Smith and I, we sit right up here in front in our offensive meeting and all of our meetings. I always write down little notes as we’re taking notes. I’ll write down little lines, I always say K.T.N., and I say that to my receivers and running backs and that means keep taking notes. That keeps me alert. That keeps me going, that keeps my drive there, even when you’re taking notes on something that you’ve already taken notes on a million times, keep taking notes and for me, that’s something that I do to stay alert.

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