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December 4, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Seattle Seahawk Russell Wilson talks Grey Cup, Stevie Wonder, and more

There was some fun stuff today in Russell Wilson’s weekly meeting with the media as he disused attending the Stevie Wonder concert Wednesday night, attending the Grey Cup last weekend, being shown around Oregon by Chip Kelly while playing minor league baseball and more.

Wilson said he got to meet Wonder during an intermission in the show, and that Wonder asked if he had his Super Bowl ring on. Wilson laughed and said he did not.

“That was one of of the best things I’ve ever done in my life to get to meet Stevie Wonder,” Wilson said. “Just to meet him and listen to him sing, he’s one of the greatest of all time, if not the greatest. A true treat.”

Wilson celebrated his 26th birthday on Saturday and said he and left tackle Russell Okung hung out for the weekend, including traveling to Vancouver to watch the Grey Cup, the championship game of the Canadian Football League.

“I just love sports so seeing anything that is competitive is cool to watch,” Wilson said.

You can watch Wilson talk about that and some other stuff, with some transcribed quotes below:

(On the Eagles’ defense) They fly around—they’re high effort guys, they have great talent on the defensive side of the football, they’re finding ways to get to the quarterback, and you can definitely notice that on film. They’re electric on defense so we have to play great football—protect it up, get the ball out on time, throw the ball to the right guy at the right time, continue to stay on the field, and get first downs.

(On meeting Chip Kelly) I had a great opportunity to meet Coach Kelly when I was playing minor league baseball and I was actually playing at Eugene, Oregon at the time so I had the opportunity to meet with him and pretty much spend the whole day with him. I really just wanted to talk football with him—just talk about his thought process, and all the great things the University of Oregon was doing. So I wanted to learn about that and go to the campus, and check out the campus just for fun because we were playing on campus. So it was a great experience—everything that they have there, the way that he approached the game of football and his players—he’s a great players coach. Very similar to Coach Carroll—all I know is Coach Carroll and how great he is. Coach Carroll is a hall of fame type coach, but in terms of the energy they both have—you can definitely notice it.

(On how the Eagles defense creates turnovers) Well they get to the quarterback and make the quarterback get rid of the ball and sometimes the quarterback makes bad decisions or they make a play on the ball—the defensive backs do a great job and they’re all over the receivers. So it’s going to come down to one on one matchups and making those plays and we’re looking forward to that moment.

(On Lemuel Jeanpierre) Well having Lem back at center—he does a great job. I think Patrick Lewis has done a tremendous job—a guy who’s stepped in for us. For the few weeks that he was in there—those were big time games that he was playing in and you think about Lem coming back and get off the injured list and be healthy for us—that’s huge. We played a lot of games with Lem last year—a lot of big games, a lot of big moments, and we won a lot of big games with him. So to have our second string center come back to us and step up is huge and he’s done a great job so far.

(On games in December) I really believe in the fact that every game is a championship game. I do also know that the whole goal is to get to December with a chance and that’s where we are right now and we’ll see how far we can take it. One game at a time, be in the moment, be locked in, every play matters, and we’ll see how far we can take this thing and see if we can go to the playoffs and see how far we can take it from there.

(On what the offense can do better in these last four games) I think we have to be lights out in the red zone. When it comes down to championship football, we have to be lights out in the red zone, be lights out on third down—that’s pretty simple, that’s pretty much it. We’re doing a great job with the football, taking care of the ball, making smart decisions there, and putting it away. As long as we capitalize on third down, stay on the field, make their defense work, and be big time in the red zone—we can do a lot of things.

(On Marshawn Lynch’s impact with the read option) To have Marshawn Lynch back there, who is arguably the best running back in the National Football League—the relationship that me and him have, the understanding that we have about the game of football—it’s really good. We try to make it tough on the defense to make decisions with who they’re going to take. I try to give the ball to Marshawn every time so he’s the best at it—I try to hand him the football. Then you think about the backup running backs that we have in Robert Turbin, who’s a starting type running back—he’s got a lot of talent, can pass protect, can run the ball extremely well—as you guys saw last week, can catch the ball out of the backfield. He gets that touchdown against the 49ers last week and he can do it all. Then you have Christine Michael too—that’s a young guy with elite talent all across the board so he can do a lot of things. So just to have that many running backs who can really step up and obviously to have the best running back in the National Football League, it really helps too.

(On Oregon being a possibility when he visited) Yes—I thought about Oregon for a second there. It’s a great football school and has done a lot of great things, but I end up narrowing it down to Auburn or Wisconsin and decided to go with Wisconsin.

(On Darron Thomas being at Oregon have an effect on his decision) No—that wasn’t an issue for me, I just decided to go to Wisconsin.



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