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Russell Wilson on Peyton Manning: I love him to death

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Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is a big fan of Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. And the two could have been teammates.

Wilson recalled at his press conference today that when he was 15 years old, he traveled to the Manning family’s quarterback camp, and he learned a lot from Peyton then.

“Obviously, Peyton Manning is a Hall of Fame quarterback who I have a ton of respect for,” Wilson said. “I actually went to the Peyton Manning Passing Academy when I was young. I liked him so much back then and I still do.”

Wilson also recalled the second time he met Manning, when the Broncos brought Wilson in for a pre-draft visit, weeks after Manning signed as a free agent in Denver and weeks before Wilson was a third-round pick in Seattle.

“When I was getting drafted, through the whole draft process, the Broncos brought me out to Denver and he was in the locker room and I went up and talked to him,” Wilson said. “He said, ‘Have I seen you before somewhere? I think I’ve seen you — I’ve seen you before. Where do I know you?’ I was like, ‘You actually coached me in the Manning Passing Academy.’ I love him to death. He’s a great person first of all, and obviously a great football player.”

It’s fascinating to think about how different the NFL would be right now if the Broncos had drafted Wilson instead of Brock Osweiler in the second round of the 2012 NFL draft. If they had, the Broncos would be preparing to face some other team in the Super Bowl right now, and we’d have no idea that one of the most talented young quarterbacks to enter the NFL in years was standing on the Broncos’ sideline.

Instead, Wilson will be on the field against the Broncos on Super Bowl Sunday.

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38 Responses to “Russell Wilson on Peyton Manning: I love him to death”
  1. bennyb82 says: Jan 22, 2014 4:29 PM

    That’s awesome that Peyton recognized him.

  2. chut26 says: Jan 22, 2014 4:29 PM

    Wilson gets way to much praise. Put him behind a middle of the pack defense, and he probably wouldn’t be in the playoffs this year.

  3. bucrightoff says: Jan 22, 2014 4:30 PM

    Russell Wilson really does make it difficult to dislike him.

  4. lasredchris says: Jan 22, 2014 4:31 PM

    Russ about to tie Peyton’s one ring

  5. bigdawg24 says: Jan 22, 2014 4:31 PM

    Peyton Manning is a smug, condescending, arrogant jerk.

  6. joey49er says: Jan 22, 2014 4:32 PM

    Russell Wilson is the only person on this team that deserves a superbowl ring!!!!! good luck Wilson…Sherman may u get rolled up and smoked!!!! u are the most self centered trash on this team!!!

  7. Deb says: Jan 22, 2014 4:32 PM

    Great article on a much more interesting member of the Seahawks team than the one who’s been getting all the publicity since Sunday. I typically root for the AFC, and will again this year. But Wilson is a guy who can make you want to root for the Seahawks. So much fun to watch, and seems to be a nice guy.

  8. phillysports1 says: Jan 22, 2014 4:33 PM

    SEA 17 – 13 SB

  9. realnflmaster says: Jan 22, 2014 4:33 PM

    Geno Smith will be a better pro than Russell Wilson.

  10. johnnyb216 says: Jan 22, 2014 4:34 PM

    I really want to root for Russell Wilson in the Super Bowl, but I think Richard Sherman has made that impossible. Thanks a lot, jerk.

  11. cornerstone2001 says: Jan 22, 2014 4:35 PM

    He’s the only guy I respect from that team .
    He’s a man of faith

  12. olcap says: Jan 22, 2014 4:35 PM

    Wow.

    I had never known about this before; was this just made public? This is incredibly serendipitous to say the least. I think we are seeing the basis for a movie here, and a good one.

    I am flabbergasted!

  13. js11js11 says: Jan 22, 2014 4:38 PM

    Typical Seahawk. Trying to kill you…even if it is with kindness.

  14. linemanguy74 says: Jan 22, 2014 4:39 PM

    Wilson is to good of a guy to be on a team like the Seahawks

  15. green41563 says: Jan 22, 2014 4:40 PM

    Aaron Hernandez says that a lot.

  16. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 22, 2014 4:41 PM

    Russell still has the picture of Peyton shaking his hand when he was 15 years old.

  17. studio26seattle says: Jan 22, 2014 4:41 PM

    RW3 > PM18

  18. js11js11 says: Jan 22, 2014 4:41 PM

    I really wish Wilson was more of a jerk so I could hate their entire team…no questions asked.

  19. jjackwagon says: Jan 22, 2014 4:42 PM

    If a blizzard shuts down the city for two weeks can we just cancel the SB and let both teams lose(or win)?
    Maybe cut the trophy in half and let each team take half of it home? That would be awesome!

  20. dukeearl says: Jan 22, 2014 4:46 PM

    Wonder if that made Peyton feel old?
    lol

  21. purpleguy says: Jan 22, 2014 4:54 PM

    Perhaps Richard Sherman should watch Wilson give an interview.

  22. richmondbolt says: Jan 22, 2014 4:57 PM

    That’s an odd thing to say.

  23. middy8484 says: Jan 22, 2014 4:59 PM

    Let’s all be friends. Go with love.
    Stay classy Seattle

  24. jayhawk6 says: Jan 22, 2014 4:59 PM

    Very gracious statements by Russell Wilson. He communicates as well as he plays.

  25. tennesseeoilers says: Jan 22, 2014 5:06 PM

    Russell Wilson is who I mistakenly thought RGIII would be–on and off the field.

  26. doubleogator says: Jan 22, 2014 5:13 PM

    Why would the Broncos be getting ready to face another team in the Super Bowl if Seattle had not drafted Wilson. Couldn’t another QB have gotten them there also?

  27. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 22, 2014 5:37 PM

    Great story, but some of us in the Big 10 saw a bunch of Wisconsin games. He was born a veteran at making a big impression. Or he picked something up from that awesome academy!

  28. ravenswhat says: Jan 22, 2014 5:42 PM

    Why does Brady get the “he has no receivers” rap. Wilson performed very well with incredibly avg options at WR.

  29. bowdowntopeyton says: Jan 22, 2014 5:47 PM

    QBs win Super Bowls.

    You would have to be an idiot to want to go to war with Russell Wilson>Petyon.

    Denver 31 Seattle 17

  30. hawkforlife says: Jan 22, 2014 6:13 PM

    Russell Wilson really does make it difficult to dislike him.

    So why try?

  31. bigwaz says: Jan 22, 2014 6:19 PM

    How come no one has talked up the old AFC West Rivalry between these two teams… Was it that long ago? Was there never that great a rivalry?

  32. dukeearl says: Jan 22, 2014 6:52 PM

    For those predicting a beat down by the Broncos,
    I don’t think that will be the case.
    I believe the two teams will be within a TD of each other at the end.
    G’luck to Denver. Go Hawks!

  33. tvjules says: Jan 22, 2014 7:07 PM

    Two very classy quarterbacks in the Super Bowl.

  34. sakatak says: Jan 22, 2014 7:07 PM

    Russell Wilson, what’s not to like? Student of the game as is Peyton. He still reminds me of Fran Tarkenton when he is playing. Seattle has the defense that will win this game, IMHO.

  35. scmems07 says: Jan 22, 2014 8:32 PM

    Love this kid, would be thrilled if my son had a poster of him on his wall, just can’t stand the rest of the team. Shame.

    I’m also not blind due to my likeness of him,he does benefit more than any qb in the league because of the defense and run game, he is still an average qb and had a lot of learning to do, I’m sure he will be very good, but not there yet.

  36. geicocaveman says: Jan 23, 2014 1:05 AM

    Russel Wilson is a class act. I think a lot QB’s could have led the best defense in football to the Super Bowl, but Wilson is the only one to do it.

  37. txnative61 says: Jan 23, 2014 1:51 AM

    Amazing Manning has been around long enough to see one of his students challenge him in the SB. Very ironic if his Passing Academy results in depriving him of second SB victory.

  38. publicenemy25 says: Jan 23, 2014 3:31 PM

    If your a true football fan you couldn’t hate the seahawks. It’s incredible how this team was put together with late round picks undrafted players and guys that other teams gave up on. These are good dudes and yes that includes the devil Richard Sherman. Wilson fits right in and we’re happy to have him. If you don’t know this team than your comments are stupid

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