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If you need a table in Seattle, tell them you’re Russell Wilson

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It’s good to be a Seahawk, but not every Seahawk is created equally.

That’s what defensive end Michael Bennett found out when he couldn’t get a table at an exclusive restaurant the day after returning a fumble for a touchdown.

So thinking as quickly on his feet as when he scooped up a loose ball and rambled to the end zone, he called back and told them he was quarterback Russell Wilson.

“I called them back a few minutes later,” Bennett told 710 ESPN, via Terry Blount of “I said, ‘Hey, this is Russell Wilson. I’ll be attending your restaurant today. Do you have any tables?

“And she was like, ‘Yes! We can make a table for you! You were 22-for-30 the other night, 130 quarterback rating!’ She knew every stat.”

Bennett said he still got the star treatment when he showed up and they realized he was not, in fact, the quarterback, enjoying the VIP treatment.

Of course, that just means that when Wilson goes out to eat, he’s going to have to start telling people he’s Robinson Cano, who just signed a $240 million deal with the Mariners.

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24 Responses to “If you need a table in Seattle, tell them you’re Russell Wilson”
  1. bobman2 says: Dec 6, 2013 4:14 PM

    If Wilson reserves a table as Cano they’ll be expecting a humongous tip from the $240M man. If he says “Hey, I was a third round pick last year” (and making a “measly $400k) they might scale back their expectations (and service).

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Dec 6, 2013 4:18 PM

    I thought I’d drop the biggest name I could think of, and told them I was Nelson Mandela. She just hung up.

  3. thepftpoet says: Dec 6, 2013 4:20 PM

    Russell Wilson is the only player on the Seahawks who doesn’t take PEDs…

    The rest of the team does…

    Every win Seattle gets has an asterisk on it

  4. singletitle says: Dec 6, 2013 4:21 PM

    Russell Wilson will probably not have to pay for a drink or a meal anywhere in the Seattle area for the foreseeable future. He doesn’t need Cano’s cash or high profile to get whatever he might need.

    It’s gracious of Bennett to not name the restaurant in question; it would be interesting to know what happened when he showed up as himself. Hopefully, he asked why he had to use a teammate’s name to get a reservation at any restaurant in the area.

  5. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 6, 2013 4:21 PM

    I tell people my last name is Gotti.

    Of course… this creates a problem at the end of the meal when I hand them my credit card.

  6. anpsteel says: Dec 6, 2013 4:23 PM


    That is pretty funny.

    Of course, except for the table that got bumped to seat him- for those folks it sucked.

  7. braceyourselffor12 says: Dec 6, 2013 4:23 PM

    Exclusive restaurant in Seattle? So what the Olive Garden?

  8. fumblenuts says: Dec 6, 2013 4:24 PM

    He should have crank called Harblow……

    GO HAWKS!!!

  9. cmstrick says: Dec 6, 2013 4:44 PM

    He should have written “Russell Wilson” on the check and never gone back…

  10. gdive says: Dec 6, 2013 4:52 PM

    and then they bring over a high chair and coloring book.

  11. captainwisdom8888 says: Dec 6, 2013 4:55 PM

    If you happen to need a box of donuts in Seattle, don’t tell them you’re Golden Tate…

  12. learysdisciples says: Dec 6, 2013 4:57 PM

    Burger King take reservations? Damnnn

  13. seahawksbmx says: Dec 6, 2013 4:59 PM

    How can pftpoet always be one of the first 3 commenters on EVERY Seahawk piece? The Seahawks’ PFT page is obviously his home page, but even that doesn’t fully explain it. Text alerts?

  14. indytom87 says: Dec 6, 2013 5:03 PM

    That stuff annoys me. Do restaurants ever stop and realize that they only reason why they are VIPs are because of the many people they are bumping to accommodate the VIPs?

  15. slbasegame257 says: Dec 6, 2013 5:14 PM

    I recommend listening to the interview on 710 ESPN. This Michael Bennett is hilarious!

  16. macdaddyspeed says: Dec 6, 2013 5:22 PM

    PFT poet. if you do not cease your mindless rants, The Seahawks will cut off all ties with your Vikings. You do not want to risk losing your major league affiliate.

  17. joelvis72 says: Dec 6, 2013 5:23 PM

    Try Russell Wilson or whoever is the Sausage King of Seattle if you need a table.

  18. ravenswhat says: Dec 6, 2013 5:26 PM

    Wilson will be the biggest star in the NFL within 2 years.

  19. 1bucfan813 says: Dec 6, 2013 6:07 PM

    I’m a Buc fan of course and I don’t understand why everyone hates on Seattle saying they all take PED. Sounds like a bunch of losers whining about something they don’t know. In my world you are considered a HATER. everyone in this world cheats at something. From sports, diets, girls, work, whatever the case is no one is perfect.

  20. thetuke says: Dec 6, 2013 7:13 PM

    dude that is friggin hilarious!!

  21. golforepar says: Dec 6, 2013 7:16 PM

    I thought all you had to do is call INTs – TDs?!

  22. singletitle says: Dec 6, 2013 8:50 PM

    @braceyourselffor12, it sounds like you’ve never been to Seattle. We boast some of the greatest restaurants in the country, if not the world. There’s a reason why Top Chef chose to film in Seattle last year.

    Good luck getting a last-minute reservation at Canlis, The Herbfarm, Morton’s, El Gaucho, Rover’s, the Metropolitan Grill, on and on and on.

    There’s plenty of upscale places here for the Seahawks to celebrate at.

  23. mistasimonson says: Dec 7, 2013 4:18 AM

    @singletitle Aside from Canlis, those aren’t anywhere close to the current best restaurants in Seattle (especially Morton’s – that’s a chain that I wouldn’t even put in the top 100 in Seattle)

    Right now, the best restaurants in Seattle are Terra Plata, Sitka & Spruce, Bar Sajor, Walrus & Carpenter, Staple and Fancy, Mistral Kitchen, the Whale Wins, Agrodolce, Spinasse, Il Corvo, Rock Creek, Roux, and too many others to list.

  24. mf1849 says: Dec 7, 2013 3:32 PM

    No! No! You guys have it dialed in; there is no culture or cuisine in Seattle. Plus it rains all the time and everyone dresses in grunge. It’s much better in Pittsburgh or Oakland or wherever it is you call home. Go HAWKS!

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