Get ready for another 16 years of Russell Wilson

Getty Images

Last week, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson turned 29. So how long does he want to keep playing football? A lot longer than he already has.

“I definitely wanna play until my mid-40s,” he said during a visit to the PFT PM podcast. “I think it’s something that I’ve been very passionate about, and taking care of my health and really trying to dive into the longevity now. . . . For me it’s an everyday process. I have a full-time trainer, Decker Davis, I have a full-time chef as well, Chef Andrea, and I have a full time [physical therapist] and massage person. . . . I’m constantly getting work and getting stretched so that way my body and be super mobile and can maneuver really well. That’s really key to feel fresh every day. I have always have had a big dream of playing for a long time. So that’s always key for me.”

That’s 16 more years of football. With so many franchise quarterbacks ending their careers with new teams, can Wilson envision finishing his career with a team other than the Seahawks?

“That’s a great question,” Wilson said. “I hope I never have to play for anybody other than the Seattle Seahawks. I think that reality is in professional sports things change and times change and coaches and people and everything else. . . . One of my dreams is to have always played for the same team for a really, really long time and my whole entire career. One of my favorite players in the world is Derek Jeter. I mean to think about Derek Jeter playing for the New York Yankees for 20-plus years and to be in New York City and play for that team and win multiple World Series. That is true excellence. That is a true legacy. I hope that I can do that. I hope I get the fortunate situation to be able to play for the Seattle Seahawks for 20-plus years. Guys like Kobe Bryant who played for the Lakers for 20-plus years.”

It’s Year Six for Wilson in Seattle, and he’s playing better than ever. If he keeps doing what he’s doing, there’s no reason to think the Seahawks won’t want him for as long as he’ll stick around.

82 responses to “Get ready for another 16 years of Russell Wilson

  1. Unless he develops into a pocket passer, there is no way a guy will be running around like that for 16 more years without having his head taken off somewhere along he way.

  2. But he’s way too short to be an NFL quarterback. Scrambling around like that every game, he’s gonna suffer a career-ending injury. He was drafted way too high. He’s going to be nothing more than a journeyman quarterback.

    Memories, like the corners of my mind…

  3. Jeter. Kobe. If only there were a contemporary guy with multiple championships across two decades with one team in his own sport…

    Russ says kooky things sometimes, but don’t think for a moment he didn’t purposefully omit mention of Tom Brady. Maybe because he’s just sly like that, maybe because he plans to surpass Brady when all is said and done – he does dream big. Anyway, I got a nice chuckle out of that.

  4. He is an awesome player for sure. Have been impressed every time I see him play. But if I were him, I would concentrate on the present. NFL life has a way of taking these type of decisions out of your hands.

  5. laughable that he intentionally did not mention brady the most obvious role model option on this topic, in his very own profession

    comparing the “rigors” of baseball and basketball are also nowhere near the life of an nfl player

    looks like ol’ rusty isn’t over his sb 49 gaffe and loss

  6. Wilson is an incredibly gifted QB with accuracy, speed, agility and escapability.
    That being said, he’s got 4 years tops based on other QBs with that skill set.

    Take Donovan McNabb and Michael Vick as examples. They played longer but even that slight decrease in skills at this level exposes a player. McNabb’s last good year was age 33 and Vick was only 31.

    Wilson could certainly play longer if he has an actual O-line and decreases the scrambling part of his game. Being 5’11 will not make that easy.

  7. dutch388 says:
    December 5, 2017 at 7:07 pm
    He is an awesome player for sure. Have been impressed every time I see him play. But if I were him, I would concentrate on the present. NFL life has a way of taking these type of decisions out of your hands.

    3 0 Rate This

    —————

    it is also arrogant and delusional to be a full decade away from 40, and be a running qb to boot, and actually even having such a discussion

    far cry from saying “we shall see how i feel
    closer to 40”

    it is amazing to me how people will hammer anything patriots and then gloss over arrogant and entitled millennials who are beyond delusional

  8. I love it! This guy has really grown on me over the years. He just keeps improving. He’s obviously a very hard worker. The rest of the team isn’t as good as they were a couple years ago, but Russell has gotten to the point where he can carry the team.

  9. C’mon Russ, don’t pout because TB12 has already achieved, and perhaps surpassed anything you’ll ever accomplish. I like you kid, but acknowledge the greatness that is the premier player in your own league. His name is Tom Brady.

  10. I’m shocked that Wilson didn’t use Brady, who is still currently playing, as a guy who finished his career with one team. When I think of great retired players who spent their entire careers with one team, I immediately think of Brady and when he retired.

  11. Glad I’m not the only one who noticed a certain omission in his statement about longevity and guys playing for the same team….

    Ever many hardcore Patriot haters will tell you Brady playing well at 40 is pretty impressive. They still want him to lose in grand fashion, but can admit it’s impressive nonetheless.

  12. Great player, he is the closest thing to Fran Tarkenton that I ever saw, but no way he or anyone can play until 45 when depending so much on athleticism.
    Brady’s style is more about perfect technique and intellect, so as long as he can throw and avoid injuries he could do it…

  13. He’s the only top QB who played without an even decent OL, and OC. Imagine him with both. By rights, he should have won back to back SB’s, were it not for his OC!

  14. Wilson is an exciting and dynamic player. Any fan of the game has to enjoy watching him work his own brand of magic on the field but also fear that if he doesn’t get more protection he might not make it through another 16 games never mind another 16 years. I’m no Seahawks fan but I’d be more than happy to watch him play that long.

  15. I like Wilson…..humble guy, great competitor….awesome talent

    Hopefully he is around for quite a while. But if the Seahawks don’t get him a serviceable offensive line, it will make it hard for Russ’ longevity in the league

  16. skawh says:
    December 5, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    By rights, he should have won back to back SB’s, were it not for his OC!
    _________________________________________

    Give it a rest chip. Wilson is a great player but he threw that ball not Bevell. Had he read the D correctly he would have thrown it away and stopped the clock. He got baited into seeing what he expected to see and he is all the wiser for it now.

  17. He’ll never make it because his ego is too big and he wants to be and is over 80% of the offense of his team and an injury will be inevitable because of that. It’s just a matter of time and no I’m not wishing it on him, merely suggesting the chances are not in his favor.

  18. vahawker says:
    December 5, 2017 at 7:19 pm
    Better hope the front office can actually get some O-line help in front of him or he will never get close to that
    —————————————————–
    He was barely touched on Sunday night against the best pass rushing team in the NFL.

  19. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    December 5, 2017 at 8:05 pm
    skawh says:
    December 5, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    By rights, he should have won back to back SB’s, were it not for his OC!
    _________________________________________

    Give it a rest chip. Wilson is a great player but he threw that ball not Bevell. Had he read the D correctly he would have thrown it away and stopped the clock. He got baited into seeing what he expected to see and he is all the wiser for it now.
    ————————————————————————
    There are no reads on that play. There are no checkdowns or audibles. He’s supposed to throw the ball to a spot. When he threw the ball, the receiver was right where he was supposed to be and the ball was thrown perfectly. It was the call that was the problem.

  20. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    December 5, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    skawh says:
    December 5, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    By rights, he should have won back to back SB’s, were it not for his OC!
    _________________________________________

    Give it a rest chip. Wilson is a great player but he threw that ball not Bevell. Had he read the D correctly he would have thrown it away and stopped the clock. He got baited into seeing what he expected to see and he is all the wiser for it now.
    ——-
    You conveniently omit the fact that the 5th WR on the depth chart didn’t properly run the route. In spite of the bad call by the OC, Wilson threw the ball perfectly. What didn’t happen was Lockette running a faster route, which allowed the CB to get to the ball first. Everyone saw it. How can that be on Wilson?

    Most OC’s would have called a proper play, whereby Wilson rolls out and either runs it in or hits a receiver rolling to the right. If the receiver or TD isn’t there the QB throws the ball away thereby stopping the clock. Common sense. Which is why that call was on the OC Bevell, not Wilson.

  21. I love how people totally miss the point: RW3 wants to have a long career, so he’s got trainers and dieticians putting together a long term plan to try to make that happen. Just a few years ago no one thought that way.

  22. Tylawpick6- “The guy has a toolish quality about him”. Well if that isn’t the pot calling the kettle black, I do not know what is. The only reason he omitted Brady is because those asterisks don’t age well.

  23. seahawkboymike says:
    December 5, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    There are no reads on that play.
    _____________________

    The read on that play was the D. Go look at your HC’s comments on it. The idea was to waste the down and stop the clock if the Pats were in position for the play. Wilson apparently did not understand that they were. Sometimes the other guy gets it right.

    @ chip there was no roll out called because of the clock, it was quick strike and TD or throw it away and stop the clock. It’s called situational awareness, it’s part of football. If you trolled less and paid more attention maybe you’d know that.

  24. Its not going to happen. As good as Wilson is as a QB, much of his effectiveness is based on his ability to dodge and move quickly. His legs are going to go before his arm does. Only QBs like Brady who rely on their brains and arm will last longer and once they lose a step, all NFL players who depend on their legs are soon learn its a NotForLong league.

  25. it is also arrogant and delusional to be a full decade away from 40, and be a running qb to boot, and actually even having such a discussion

    ——-

    You seriously calling him a running quarterback? Talk about abusing your own reputation as soon as you start typing.

    If Russell Wilson had a pocket to pass from he would be a pocket passer. The running is from necessity not design(mostly).

    This is not Cam Newton. Russell has proven to be a very efficient pocket passer when possible.

  26. No way he makes it that long. His mobility is his strength. That will not last more than a few more years. The next ten won’t happen. Wilson is great because of all he does. A one dimensional Wilson won’t be nearly as effective. Gotta love his optimism though.

  27. As a hawks fan that listens to and reads everything hawks related there’s been many takes on Russ being too short or just a game manager or not being a pocket passer. Most of these opinions were said like they were facts. I don’t know what the future holds for Russ but I wouldn’t be putting my name on any comment saying it ain’t gonna happen. Luckily none of you have to.

  28. There is no way he plays into his mid 40s, especially the entire time in Seattle. He won’t last once he cant scramble around and make something out of broken plays

  29. this guy has a toolish quality about him
    _____________________________________________

    Wow, look around…you could do a lot worse than Russell Wilson. Nobody’s perfect. He seems cooler than most to me.

  30. skawh says:
    December 5, 2017 at 8:19 pm
    commentawaitingdeletion says:
    December 5, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    skawh says:
    December 5, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    By rights, he should have won back to back SB’s, were it not for his OC!
    _________________________________________

    Give it a rest chip. Wilson is a great player but he threw that ball not Bevell. Had he read the D correctly he would have thrown it away and stopped the clock. He got baited into seeing what he expected to see and he is all the wiser for it now.
    ——-
    You conveniently omit the fact that the 5th WR on the depth chart didn’t properly run the route. In spite of the bad call by the OC, Wilson threw the ball perfectly. What didn’t happen was Lockette running a faster route, which allowed the CB to get to the ball first. Everyone saw it. How can that be on Wilson?

    Most OC’s would have called a proper play, whereby Wilson rolls out and either runs it in or hits a receiver rolling to the right. If the receiver or TD isn’t there the QB throws the ball away thereby stopping the clock. Common sense. Which is why that call was on the OC Bevell, not Wilson.

    I’ve been a Russell Wilson fan since I saw him play at NC State and Wisconson. I marvelled at his accuracy, his athleticism, his awareness and his mental fortitude. He just keeps on improving and not only is he an elite NFL QB he is arguably a top 3 QB behind Rodgers and Brady. But this year, with 2 HOF players OFTS and a Pro-Bowl DE OFTS, no running game and a line that is arguably more atrocious than last year, he is the MVP and playing better than ANY QB in the league. No QB does more with less than RW3! Brady wouldn’t win a game with that line. Rodgers maybe a game. And if PC wasn’t too smart for his own good, along with a inept kicker the Hawks could be 10-2. RW3 is the definition of MVP. With that said, the pass play at the one in SB49 was on the OC period! Yes Russell could have checked out of that play but he was young still and he ran the play that was called. But it’s the OC’s job to know the defensive personel your playing against. That play is called a “pick play”. Former Seahawk DB Brandon Browner knew what was coming. He practiced against it for 2 seasons when he was on the team! He told Malcom Butler what to do. He told him Kearse was going to try to jam him but that he(Browner) would jam Kearse himself to keep him from jamming Butler. He told Butler to go for the pass to Lockette. Russell should have thrown the pass lower so no one but his receiver could catch it and that’s what great QBs do when they are so close to the endzone. Russell was young and good, but not great yet like he is now. Well we all know what happened. That call was all on Darrell Bevell! He didn’t and still doesn’t like Marshawn Lynch and they didn’t want him to score the winning TD and get the SBMVP. That’s what most believe rather it’s true or not. But what is true is the disdain for Lynch by Bevell. I wish Pete had of fired Bevell from that play right after the game! Bevell is very remedial and on the lower echelon of OCs in the NFL when it comes to scoring in the Redzone. Even dating back to his days in Minnesota. That ball should have went to Beastmode and the whole world knows it except Darrell Bevell! Pete will never admit it but he knows it’s true. Most Hawk fans have been calling for Bevell’s head for years but Pete stays loyal to a fault. Bevell’s play calling is good at times but not like it should be. When you give your uninspiring offensive line some help by calling offsetting plays to get the defense guessing you are making good with what you have. Bevell’s inability to do that has made the offense even more unstable. The plays usually break down (bad OL and OC) and Russell ends up improvising and saving the day! I doubt the Hawks would win more than 2 games if it wasn’t for RW3.

  31. Sorry Russ, Seahawks management is using you and your scrambling ability as an offset against a competent (ans expensive) offensive line. My advice is you invest in your future by demanding they pay some guys who can pass protect.

  32. To those that keep bringing up the fact Wilson didn’t mention Brady while talking about Jeter and Kobe’s longevity with one team…..you do know Jeter and Kobe are retired and he mentioned them because they retired with 1 team while Brady is not retired and could very well end up playing for another team before retiring right? If Peyton Manning can end up playing for another team any QB can.

  33. Russ says kooky things sometimes, but don’t think for a moment he didn’t purposefully omit mention of Tom Brady. Maybe because he’s just sly like that, maybe because he plans to surpass Brady when all is said and done – he does dream big. Anyway, I got a nice chuckle out of that.
    ———————————————————————————
    Of all the QB’s playing today, Wilson has the best shot to catch and surpass Brady in total wins, based on his age, current wins and win percentage. As for Super Bowl titles, that’s another situation unto itself. Either way, it’s a long haul and lot of things have to go right.

  34. SERIOUSLY PEOPLE NEED TO GIVE SB49 ANOTHER LOOK OBVIOUSLY! BEFORE THE SNAP BILL MAKES A SUBSTITUION CHANGE TO PUT HIS BIG BOYS OUT THERE TO STOP THE RUN. RIGHT BEFORE WILSON BREAKS THE HUDDLE PETE CARROL (THE HEAD COACH NOT THE BEVELL) SAYS TO CHANGE THE PLAY TO A PASS BECAUSE OF THE SUBSTITUION BY THE PATS. THE CALL WAS MADE BY CARROLL!!! WILSON THROWS THE BALL TO A SPOT JUST LIKE ANY OTHER QB WOULD DO IN THAT SITUATION. PATRIOTS PRACTICED THAT EXACT SAME ROUTE CONCEPT IN PRACTICE ABOUT 4 TIMES THAT WEEK BEFORE THE SB. BUTLER TRIES TO UNDERCUT THAT ROUTE EVERYTIME IN PRACTICE AND GETS BURNED FOR A TD. IN THE GAME BUTLER RECOGNIZES IT AND MAKES A GREAT PLAY.

  35. This guy is running for his life every week at 29. If he’s still trying to run for his life at 35, it won’t work. Hopefully, that won’t be the case.

    Love the attitude and ability that Wilson has. If he makes it to 38, 39 – this discussion would have more meaning. Right now, he’s doing everything he can to prepare to get there, and that’s admirable. The franchise has a leader there and they need to protect him.

  36. Lol at all the “hurt” pats fans crying about how he didn’t mention Brady. Too much emotion can make you look daft. He isn’t retired yet.

  37. Russ is a lot of fun to watch. He’s developed into a hell of a QB as his defense has faltered a bit…just a bit.

    And give up on the SB loss already. We’ll never know if a run play was called if Lynch scores. What we do know is the Pats had their Goal line defense in and Lynch’s record THAT year and THAT game were not all that impressive on short yardage, and the clocks running.

    Be thankful it was even that close if not for one of the most ridiculous bounces/catches in SB history a couple plays before.

    And we’ve all seen the documentary by now about Butler practicing that exact slant play in practice, and getting scored on itrepeatedly mind you. Sometimes the other team is well prepared for something and prepared to make a play, give credit where credit is due, to Butler

  38. skawh says:
    December 5, 2017 at 7:40 pm
    He’s the only top QB who played without an even decent OL, and OC. Imagine him with both. By rights, he should have won back to back SB’s, were it not for his OC!

    Just stop, please. Wilson is a good, maybe great QB. His pass was picked off on a great defensive play. Why can’t you just admit SEA was beaten by one amazing play and not micturate on the victory by whining about your OC. 99 times out of 100 that’s a TD.

  39. jmethane says:
    December 6, 2017 at 8:23 am
    Lol at all the “hurt” pats fans crying about how he didn’t mention Brady. Too much emotion can make you look daft. He isn’t retired yet.

    lol at all the trolls crying about Brady. Jealousy is an incurable disease.

  40. I remember Woody Johnson, Mike Tannenbaum, and the rest of the Jets OLD management getting ready to draft Wilson…then Rex Ryan opened his mouth because there was “no way we could do that to Sanchez” and because “Sanchez was his guy”. Now this buffoon Ryan gets on TV and says he never wanted Sanchez LOL.

  41. I like Russ, but he’s a different kind of QB than Brady. Brady, Peyton, Big Ben….guys who are statues back there have the best chance for longevity. But Peyton is already out, Ben sounds like he’s not long for the League either. That was my biggest question with this new era of read option type offenses, or just more mobility-oriented QB play that really started to come en vogue 5 or 6 years ago: how much can you invest in a “franchise QB” who relies on his legs and has probably an 8-10 year window vs a 15 year window. You lose out on the back end with those mobile guys once they’re 32, so 37 or 38, forget about it.

  42. BelgiumHawk,

    Props to Butler on a great play that will never be forgotten.

    .. I don’t have a problem with them calling a pass. I have a problem with THAT pass.

    Wilsons best asset is his mobility. Get him on the move! Especailly if Belichick thinks run. Play action, run/pass option, if the throw isn’t there, lob it out of the endzone.

    And Lockette was the 5th option. How in the h@ll do you call a Super Bowl-deciding pass to your #4 WR??? Thats not even a good call in MADDEN football. Let alone on THE biggest stage in all of sports.

  43. Funniest thing I read all day. This tool is an utter joke. When his legs fail (6-7 yrs max), he’ll meet the fate of Kaepernick, RG3. A better long-term career path might be to begin thinking about what politically charged topic he can protest, or which CFL team might be desperate enough to play him.

  44. I hope Russell does play into his 40’s, he’s fun to watch even though I’m not a Seahawks fan. And great franchise QB’s are in short supply. It would be nothing but a boost to the NFL if he is around that long, love ’em or hate ’em. Stars with longevity with one team are great for rivalries and fan arguments, which in turn is great for the sport.

  45. rabidbillsfan says:
    December 5, 2017 at 8:32 pm
    Tylawpick6- “The guy has a toolish quality about him”. Well if that isn’t the pot calling the kettle black, I do not know what is. The only reason he omitted Brady is because those asterisks don’t age well.

    ————–

    I would think after 17 straight years of being dismantled by Brady that Bills fans would have at least some reverence for him.

    Wilson may or may not be a tool, but I certainly hope he plays a long time… He’s great to watch. He’s the whole Seattle team at the moment.

  46. aarons444 says:
    December 6, 2017 at 10:49 am
    BelgiumHawk,
    Props to Butler on a great play that will never be forgotten.
    .. I don’t have a problem with them calling a pass. I have a problem with THAT pass.
    Wilsons best asset is his mobility. Get him on the move! Especailly if Belichick thinks run. Play action, run/pass option, if the throw isn’t there, lob it out of the endzone.
    And Lockette was the 5th option. How in the h@ll do you call a Super Bowl-deciding pass to your #4 WR??? Thats not even a good call in MADDEN football. Let alone on THE biggest stage in all of sports.

    ———–

    I totally agree… Pass may have been the right call there, but Wilson should have rolled out, and tried for a back corner fade… not dangerous. Maybe he could have run it in himself. Never know now. Butler did make one of the top 5 plays in the history of the Super Bowl there.

  47. The problem with that play was execution, not the call itself. There are 3 key points that contributed:

    1) Brandon Browner had played for the Seahawks the year previous and knew that play was coming. Not only had they practiced for it, but he tipped off Butler that it was coming.

    2) Kearse’s job (even if they know it’s coming) was to block Browner into Butler’s path. This would have cost him the 0.1 seconds that would have meant he wasn’t in the right spot for the interception.

    3) RW threw a leading pass. That’s great if your receiver still has to get yards after catch, but that wasn’t the case here. Lockette was already on the goal line, so all he had to do was hit him in the numbers.

    If any of those 3 things don’t happen, the ball is either caught or incomplete. If it’s caught, game over. If it’s incomplete, the clock stops and you still have your last timeout for a 3rd down rushing play.

    About the only other argument I would listen to is that a different passing play should have been called…but you can’t prove to me that a fade to the back corner of the end zone didn’t have just as likely a chance of being intercepted, so it’s a moot point.

  48. Do Pat’s fans have to make everything about Brady?

    For a team that wins constantly they sure have a insecure fanbase.
    ==================================
    Hahaha exactly… that what cheating does to the moral of that fanbase

  49. The problem with that play was execution, not the call itself.
    =====

    The Patriots went goal-line personell. 7 guys looking to stop Beast Mode above all else.

    The Pats rushed 6 on the play. The S sat in the middle of the field with virtually no chance to get to either edge. Essentially 4 guys were in 1-on-1 coverage.

    Your saying a slant pass is the best call there? Sorry, not with Russ. Brady, Manning, Matty Ice? Yes, sure! Wilson could EASILY win the edge in that scenario on a bootleg or designed rollout. Or you live to fight another day if the receivers can’t get open.

    .. and to throw a potential game winner to your #4 WR? Silly. If anything, stack Baldwin on that side. Or with the same throw a backside slant to Baldwin. THAT I could understand.

  50. Nobody is ‘crying about Brady’. It’s just funny that any article that mentions any NFL QB the Brady suckers come out the woodwork to defend something that wasn’t even there to begin with lol

  51. lol at all the trolls crying about Brady. Jealousy is an incurable disease.
    ———

    Not one person crying about Brady here. Reading comprehension without too much emotion helps.

    I am the Seahawks fan in a thread about how amazing Russell Wilson is and how much longer he has in the league(Brady is about to retire) and you think I’m jealous?

    Interesting

  52. The Pats went heavy personnel in order to stop an expected run play. I’m saying the best strategy when it’s 2nd down, you have only one timeout left and the clock is winding down from ~26 seconds is to call a passing play. If it doesn’t work, the clock stops and you have your last timeout to try a running play on 3rd down. Considering that they’d had more success with the slant over the middle than rushing Marshawn for 1 yard, it’s a logical choice.

    One more time…it doesn’t matter who the receiver is if a) Kearse blocks correctly or b) Wilson puts the ball on his numbers. They had already moved their best CB to cover both Kearse and Baldwin throughout the game because we were burning them, so using a #3 or higher WR would also be logical – it raises the probability that whoever’s covering him is at best, the nickel.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!