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January 25, 2015 at 7:02 PM

Transcript of Russell Wilson’s Sunday media session

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Quarterback Russell Wilson spoked to the media on Sunday, discussing the Patriots’ defense, his receivers, football preparation, head coach Pete Carroll and deflated footballs.

(on if he does anything special with his footballs before games) “No. In terms of the football pregame, I just want to have a football out there to throw. That’s all I look forward to.”

(on the mental aspect of football) “I think the mental aspect’s huge, just being locked in all the time and being able to motivate other guys. My goal is to make the other 10 guys better on the field. So through ups and downs, you stay mentally focused, stay mentally locked into it and you keep fighting for one another, and that’s what we were able to do those last three minutes of the game. We were able to stay in it and play one play at a time, and stay positive and have that same outlook throughout the whole game. I never want to change. I want to be that even keel person, but also the type of guy that’s always going to be positive and motivating, and find a way somehow.”

(on how he feels differently this year as compared to last year having already been through this process) “Well, this year is a little bit different than last year because we’ve been here before. We have the experience of knowing as soon as we get off the plane what media day is going to be like, and then media day Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday pretty much. So you kind of get adjusted. You know how to set your plan for the week and you know how to get ready for practice, and we had a phenomenal week this past week getting prepared just like last year, so we’re looking forward to that. We’re looking forward to just getting out there and practicing. What it really comes down to is playing great football come game day, and that’s the goal.”

(on if the team’s approach changes at all having gone through this last year) “I don’t think the approach changes at all. I think that we did a great job even though we had no experience going to the Super Bowl before. I think that our approach this year is no different; it’s to go 1-0. It’s to have that same championship mindset that we’ve had all year and we’re looking forward to that opportunity of stepping on that field come game day.”

(on the challenges that the New England defense poses) “Well, they fly around first of all. They’re so experienced and they’ve got a lot of guys out there that can make a lot of plays. Their defense is a great defense and we’re going to have to be ready to go. They do a great job with their defensive backs and their pressure up front in terms of their defensive line and all that. So we’re going to have to make plays and we’re looking forward to that.”

(on what the news surrounding underinflated footballs for New England in the AFC Championship meant to Seattle as the opponent of New England) “It had nothing to do with anything. We’re not focused on that. We’re focused on playing our football and playing one play at a time, and trying to find a way to win the Super Bowl.”

(on his message to fans concerning the integrity of the game being under assault) “I don’t think the integrity of the game’s under assault or whatever you want to say. I think that we have a lot of great football players in this football league and we do things the right way. I know this organization, we try to do everything the right way. We’re looking forward to this week and that’s where our focus is. So all the other distractions have really nothing to do with us.”

(on what it would mean to him personally to win back-to-back Super Bowls) “To be here back-to-back years shows a lot about our football team and what we can do. It means a lot to me just to be able to come back and have that championship mindset throughout the whole entire season, and to potentially win back-to-back years is huge. I think it’s really big for our organization and for our players. So I’m looking forward to that potentially, but you can’t look too far ahead. You’ve got this game coming up, you’ve got this practice tomorrow and then practice Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and then a light practice on Saturday, and go from there and play a great game on Sunday, and we’ll see what happens.”

(on if he can tell whether a football has been overinflated or underinflated) “I’ve never experienced it before so I don’t really know. I don’t really know how to answer that. I think that our focus is just on playing this game this week. All those distractions about the footballs have nothing to do with us.”

(on if having already played in this stadium provides any competitive advantage) “You know, I think throughout the week of last week, I think it gives you a little bit of an advantage because I’m big on visualization. I believe in that and seeing the stadium, and knowing where the shot clock is, knowing what the grass is like and knowing all those things. I think it gives you a little bit of an advantage for me personally because I use it mentally throughout the week, but I can’t say it gives you a huge advantage. Hopefully we have a few more fans than the Patriots fans.”

(on continuing to believe that people are against Seattle) “Well, you know, last year the kind of theme that we talked about was, ‘Why not us?’ I kind of told the team at the beginning of the year a story that my dad used to tell me. He used to always say to me, ‘Russell, why not you?’ So I kind of explained that story to the team early in the year in a players-only meeting, and kind of said, ‘Why not me? Why not us?’ That type of idea. So we kind of fed off the idea of, ‘Why not us?’ last year and we still have this year, we’ve still talked about that. One of the things we’ve been saying this year is just, ‘One mission.’ There’s one mission, and that one mission week-to-week is to go 1-0, and also our goal was to get back here. We didn’t really talk about it too much; we just focused on doing the work, the steps that it takes to get back, and now we’re here. We’re looking forward to this game. It’s still 100 yards (long), it’s still 53 and a third (yards wide). There’s going to be a lot more attention on maybe some good commercials, and maybe there will be a great experience throughout the week or something like that, and we’ll have a great halftime show and Katy Perry. But other than that, the game’s still the same, so it doesn’t change.”

(on winning back-to-back Super Bowls, and where that could put this team in history) “I can’t look that far ahead. For me, I think the biggest goal is for us to win because of all the hard work we’ve put in this year. The journey that we’ve been on has been unbelievable. We’ve had a great journey and we’ve come a long way, so to get back back-to-back years is pretty special. So hopefully we get this win.”

(on why it’s so hard for teams to win back-to-back Super Bowls) “Well, there’s 31 other teams – that’s why it’s hard. You have some great teams out there, obviously, and great players. We’ve found ways to just feed off one another and make plays when we needed to and be clutch, but also be consistent in our approach and the way we practice and the way we play games. We’re looking forward to the ball to be kicked off come Sunday.”

(on Seattle’s receivers) “Well, the receiver guys, they’ve been doing a phenomenal job. (Seattle wide receivers) Jermaine Kearse and Doug Baldwin, they’ve been lights out for us all year. They’ve made a lot of big-time catches; Jermaine’s catch last week, Doug’s catch last week. I love the guys that I have around me. We had a guy named (wide receiver) Paul Richardson who is playing for us; he got hurt, but he was doing a great job for us. You have a lot of guys who have stepped up. I’m looking forward to (wide receiver) Ricardo Lockette having a great game hopefully, and (wide receiver) Brian Walters is our punt returner back there and does a great job. We brought a guy up named (wide receiver) Chris Matthews, who’s done a phenomenal job. There’s so many different guys I can get the football to, and (wide receiver) Kevin Norwood’s made a lot of plays for us too. I love the guys that are around me. I trust that they’re going to make the play when they need to make the play, and I trust that they’re going to make the consistent play.”

(on if having a bad game like last week messes with him mentally during the game) “It doesn’t mess with me at all, shockingly. It’s just laser-focus. I never waver, and I think the unwavering mindset that we display, that the receivers displayed and that the defense displayed and the o-line, the running backs, the tight ends, just everybody, it’s pretty special.”

(on what makes Seattle Head Coach Pete Carroll a successful coach) “What I think makes Coach Carroll so successful is his consistent approach. He’s consistent; you know what you’re going to get every day. You know that he’s going to be that positive coach. You know that he’s going to be uplifting. You know that he’s going to challenge us. You know that he’s going to make us compete at a high level. So that’s what you love about Coach Carroll. He’s a difference-maker and he’s unique in his own way. Not many people can be like him and that’s what makes him arguably the best coach in the National Football League in my opinion.”

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