On his 31st birthday, Russell Wilson reiterates desire to play until 45

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On Friday, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson blew out 31 candles on his birthday cake. He reiterated that he intends to keep playing until he blows out 14 more.

“I’ve always wanted to go for 45,” Wilson told reporters. “That’s kind of just longevity playing. I think, for me, every year is you’re invested to your body. You’re invested into your mind, your soul, everything else. The game. As you go, you get even stronger and you get even better, I feel like. Even more wisdom. I think that helps a lot.”

Wilson added that he feels “young, younger than ever,” despite being a full year on the wrong side of 30. And he explained why 45 is his magic number.

“I just think that’s what I feel like I can do,” Wilson said. “I feel like in my eighth season, I feel like I’m just getting started. I feel like I haven’t done anything yet. That’s a good feeling. I’m fortunate to be able to play every game and be out there every play. I think that, for me, I feel really young. I feel more vibrant than ever. I feel fast. I feel strong. My arm feels great. My mind feels better. Heart feels even better than that. I think just everything — we’ve got a great organization, great people around me. I think I’ve just invested in my body and my mind, making sure that my mind is ready to go every week and every season. And in the offseason. When you invest in that stuff and just really — it’s not just financially. It’s really just the time that you spend on stuff. You keep taking care of that care. You keep taking care of it and you keep taking care of what you need to do to be great. I think it makes it easy that way.”

Wilson agreed that Tom Brady playing until age 42 makes Wilson’s goals more realistic.

“I think for me, I always wanted to play until I was 40,” Wilson said. “That was kind of like when I first came into the NFL. Really, I wanted to play until I was 43 in my head. I want to play 20 years. My favorite athlete is Derek Jeter. I just remember when he retired, playing 20 years for the New York Yankees and tipping his hat and everything. That feeling is something that I always — Jetes is probably my favorite guy I’ve ever watched play sports. I think that 20 years is kind of in my head, to be honest with you. I’ve got a long ways to go. I’m just eight years in. I feel better than ever. That’s kind of where it started for me. Then, obviously seeing Tom do it and I’ve gotten to know Tom over the past several years and stuff like that. Just talking to him a little bit and seeing where he’s at and everything else. I think for me, it’s realistic. I feel great.”

Wilson already has Hall of Fame credentials. Whether he makes it to 45 or 43 or 38 or 35, he’s destined to make it to Canton on the first ballot.

78 responses to “On his 31st birthday, Russell Wilson reiterates desire to play until 45

  1. Didn’t realize he was that old already. Seahawks need to make a push before his prime is over.

  2. Why are people constantly talking about how long they want to play? Just play until you don’t want to play.

  3. TB12 is old and white and keeps winning SBs. doing something RW than winning the regular season.

  4. In his defense, it’s easy to say that and have that outlook when you are playing so well and you’re 31 years young. He may not have the same outlook 10 or even 5 years from now. If he stays healthy and continues to play well, it’s certainly possible. Improbable perhaps but not impossible.

  5. Trying to make a record…

    Russell Wilson wants to play until he’s 45.
    Soon, he’ll be 33⅓.
    And when Wilson does reach 45, Tom Brady will be 78 (and still playing).

  6. Tom isn’t playing until he’s 45 he’s retiring at the end of this season, and that isn’t some rumor it’s a FACT

  7. Wilson already has Hall of Fame credentials. Whether he makes it to 45 or 43 or 38 or 35, he’s destined to make it to Canton on the first ballot.

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    Having your Defense carry you to a lone Lombardi trophy and following it up with barely average play makes one a first ballot Hall of Famer? Yeah, no it doesn’t and no he isn’t.

  8. Can we quit anointing people to the HOF, especially calling them first ballot HOF because they won a SB? Is Flacco a HOFer? Dilfer? Brad Johnson? Eli Manning has won 2 and I don’t think he is a HOFer either. Just wait until they call it a career and view the body of work. Something that the writers seem to have forgotten when voting for the HOF is one simple criteria. Can you tell the story of the NFL without mentioning them?

  9. 14 years is a long time. It’s great to have a goal, but who knows what toll his body is going to take the next few years. Brady saying it is a little more realistic because he’s only 3 years away and he’s stayed fairly injury free over 21 years.

  10. Thetruthspeaks says:
    November 29, 2019 at 7:31 pm
    RW has never cheated like TB did.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Yeah sure. You know, that darned deflator is still at it? My low tire indicator is on again – he came into my garage and deflated my tires! Bet you added air to yours recently too, right? The deflator is everywhere…

  11. I don’t think it’s impossible or even unrealistic, I get why it seems that way but the guy rarely gets hit hard & looks like a better pocket passer every year. That part is important if he thinks he can get another 14 years. That’s why Brady can do what he’s doing, he takes good care of himself & gets the ball out quickly so it’s tough to land big hits on him. Best of luck with that Mr Wilson

  12. . Something that the writers seem to have forgotten when voting for the HOF is one simple criteria. Can you tell the story of the NFL without mentioning them?
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    I’ve watched football for over 50 years. The single greatest play that I’ve ever since was in the 2008 Super Bowl, when the Giants’ quarterback escaped the grasp of several defenders, looped around in a scramble, glanced to his right as he squared up, and threw the ball to the receiver that he had spotted in the middle of the field. Add 362 passing touchdowns and over 56,000 passing yards, and Eli Manning absolutely meets your criterion – you cannot tell the story of the NFL without mentioning him.

  13. Very good player, but man, get over yourself already. In that article alone he said I or me over 50 times, then I stopped counting….

  14. moviking40460 says:
    November 29, 2019 at 7:38 pm
    Can we quit anointing people to the HOF, especially calling them first ballot HOF because they won a SB? Is Flacco a HOFer? Dilfer? Brad Johnson? Eli Manning has won 2 and I don’t think he is a HOFer either. Just wait until they call it a career and view the body of work. Something that the writers seem to have forgotten when voting for the HOF is one simple criteria. Can you tell the story of the NFL without mentioning them?
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    Well this is a knee slapper. You just named 4 quarterbacks that aren’t in the same galaxy as Russell Wilson.

    People still overly critique the guy all the while he has paved the way for many other short mobile QBs. That tells a story all in itself-

  15. Wait a minute, didn’t he also say he wanted six rings because Michael Jordan is his favorite athlete?

  16. Sorry Russel, a Big part or your game and Greatness is your elusiveness. As much as you think you’ll be fine, but to quote many who said it, “Father time is undefeated”.

    Think more like 36.

  17. The length of Russell Wilson’s career depends on how healthy his legs are. If he cannot scramble around, and he has to be a pocket passer, then he won’t last very long. He is a lousy pocket passer. Just look at videos of his game against the Ravens this season to find out how good he is as a pocket passer.

  18. The pass rush will catch up to him before then and he won’t be able to avoid it. Then, it will be a short QB passing from the pocket with a weakened arm. Those guys are a dime a dozen.

  19. Hasn’t missed a snap yet. Don’t know how this show will end, but I’m still loving every minute of it. Go Hawks !!

  20. With the rules protecting the QBs over the past 5-8+ years, or longer, don’t you think the NFL will only advance those rules further in the coming years to protect QBs?

    This isn’t the mid 70s NFL anymore. Due to the protection of QBs, Wilson’s aspirations isn’t out if the realm of possibility.

    Nor is it for any other QB now, and in the future.

    There’s a reason most QBs didn’t play beyond 12-14 years long ago. It’s because they weren’t as protected as they are now due to the rules in place today.

  21. For a player who takes each game as a “championship opportunity,” and one play at a time……..he sure looks way out to the future. 15 more years will fly by and I wish him well on the endeavor. Here’s to him doing it all at the elite level with the Seahawk’s!!

  22. No matter how long he plays, he is not going to get another SB ring if he is the best player in his team.

  23. wreckdeutschland says:
    November 29, 2019 at 8:16 pm
    . Something that the writers seem to have forgotten when voting for the HOF is one simple criteria. Can you tell the story of the NFL without mentioning them?
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    I’ve watched football for over 50 years. The single greatest play that I’ve ever since was in the 2008 Super Bowl, when the Giants’ quarterback escaped the grasp of several defenders, looped around in a scramble, glanced to his right as he squared up, and threw the ball to the receiver that he had spotted in the middle of the field. Add 362 passing touchdowns and over 56,000 passing yards, and Eli Manning absolutely meets your criterion – you cannot tell the story of the NFL without mentioning him.

    If you’ve watched Eli Manning play and said to yourself that that is a Hall of Famer then you really have no idea what you’re talking about. He won that first Super Bowl because of the defense he had, specifically that front 4. They were the MVP of that game. I will say that in the 2011 playoffs he was the best player in the playoffs but that’s one year and for only 2 months of that season Go look at his career numbers. They’re average at best. He was never even a top 10 quarterback when he played yet you think he’s one of the greatest players in the history of the game? To be a Hall of Famer you simply need to be the best at your position for at least 5-10 years. He was never one of the best at his position for even one yet let alone 5. If you’re basing it off his playoff career than you’re really only looking at 1 year of his entire career where he was really good. If that’s the case than Edelman would be a first ballot Hall of Famer. His playoff career dwarfs Manning yet Edelman won’t come even close to the HOF. And what’s worse is you’re basing it off 1 single play simply because people will remember it. What about Malcolm Butler then? He made the greatest defensive play in NFL history yet no one is going to confuse him with a Hall of Famer. Eli may be remember but it shouldn’t be for being in the HOF. The Hall is for greatest players in the history of the game.

  24. If Carrol does fix that Oline to give Wilson ” Pass Protection ” as some of tje TOP QBS, Wilson wont make 33 !!! Game Over !!!

  25. Admirable goal. Stop talking about it until you are about 39 and still playing. It’s just silly at your age.

  26. venomraider says:
    November 29, 2019 at 7:34 pm
    Wilson already has Hall of Fame credentials. Whether he makes it to 45 or 43 or 38 or 35, he’s destined to make it to Canton on the first ballot.

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    Having your Defense carry you to a lone Lombardi trophy and following it up with barely average play makes one a first ballot Hall of Famer? Yeah, no it doesn’t and no he isn’t.
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    Maybe you should do some research and recognize that Wilson has broken numerous qb records, as well as winning one of two Super Bowls he has been to so far.

    Also, as a Raider fan, you are talking???

    Go Hawks!

  27. This is a non-story to me. Russell has been a godsend for the Seahawks and as a fan, I’m thankful for that, but who the hell cares how long he wants to play right now? It doesn’t matter and people are making too big a deal over it.

  28. moviking40460 says:
    November 29, 2019 at 7:38 pm
    Can we quit anointing people to the HOF, especially calling them first ballot HOF because they won a SB? Is Flacco a HOFer? Dilfer? Brad Johnson?
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    Wilson is ranked in the top 5 or top 10 of a wide variety of stats over his first three years. One could easily say that overall, Wilson has had the best first three years of any QB in NFL history. Here are a few of his accomplishments:

    – Wilson is the first QB in NFL history with a passer rating of over 95.0 in each of his first three seasons.
    – Wilson has 24 games with a passer rating of 100+ in his first three seasons…more than any other QB in NFL history. Flacco, Marino, and Palmer are tied for second with 19.
    – Wilson leads all QB’s in the NFL over the last 3 years with 10- 4th quarter comebacks and 15- game-winning drives. No other QB in NFL history has ever done this in their first 3 years.
    – He is one of only five players with at least 20 touchdown passes in each of first three seasons.
    – He’s the first and only QB in the Super Bowl era to have average yards per attempt of 7.6 or better in each of his first three seasons.
    – Wilson is the only QB in NFL history to appear in two SB’s in his first three seasons.
    – Wilson is ranked at #2 in all-time career passer rating (min. 1200 attempts) with a 98.6. Only Aaron Rodgers has a higher career passer rating.
    – Wilson’s passer rating of 98.6 for a player’s first 3 years is the best in NFL history.
    – Including postseason, Wilson’s passer rating of 98.5 for a player’s first three years is the best in NFL history.
    – Wilson’s postseason passer rating of 97.8 in his first three years (min. 150 attempts) is the best in NFL history.
    – Wilson’s TD% of 5.8% in his first three years is the 2nd highest in NFL history; only Dan Marino is higher with 6.9%.
    – Wilson’s INT% of 2.1% in his first three years is the best of any QB in NFL history.
    – Wilson is the first and only QB in NFL history to throw for 300+ yards and run for 100+ yards (313 & 106) in the same game…against the Rams on 10-19-14.
    – Only one QB in NFL history had more than one season with more than 20 TD passes and 10 or fewer interceptions in his first three seasons: Wilson, who has done this three times.
    – His 72 passing touchdowns are the seventh-most ever through a QB’s first three seasons.
    – Including the postseason, Wilson has 84 passing TD’s in his first three seasons, 4th-most in NFL history.
    – Including the postseason, Wilson has 97 passing and rushing TD’s in his first three seasons, 3rd-most in NFL history.
    – His career yards per passing attempt of 7.9 is fourth-best of all QB’s in the SB era.
    – Wilson is ranked #12 all-time for most passing yards by a QB in his first three years with 9950 yards.
    – Wilson is ranked #5 all-time for most total yards (passing + rushing) by a QB in his first three years with 11827 yards.
    – Wilson holds the record for most passing yards in a playoff game by a rookie QB with 385 yards. The old record was set in 1937 by Sammy Baugh with 335 yards…that record stood for 75 years.

    Any Questions?

    Go Hawks!

  29. “Wilson already has Hall of Fame credentials“

    Does he though? I guess if you have a Super Bowl ring you’re “in”?

    By that standard Brock Osweiler, Trent Dilfer, Mark Rypien, Matt Cassell, Scott Zolak and Joe Flacco have “hall of fame credentials” too?

    Let’s not be silly.

  30. Wilson up to this point has been a mobile passer behind a sub-par offensive line and once he becomes less mobile that line better be blocking pretty darn well or he will suffer an injury as a sitting duck.

  31. wreckdeutschland says:
    November 29, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    I’ve watched football for over 50 years. The single greatest play that I’ve ever since was in the 2008 Super Bowl, when the Giants’ quarterback escaped the grasp of several defenders, looped around in a scramble, glanced to his right as he squared up, and threw the ball to the receiver that he had spotted in the middle of the field. Add 362 passing touchdowns and over 56,000 passing yards, and Eli Manning absolutely meets your criterion – you cannot tell the story of the NFL without mentioning him.

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    And you can’t tell the Eli story without mentioning 241 interceptions. I don’t know if that was the greatest play, but it sure was the luckiest, and it was quite fortunate that Asante Samuel dropped and INT as well.

  32. These QBs in today’s game, well the protected ones… should be able to play that long. They rarely get touched and they are protected by the rules and the refs.
    Not ALL of them are but we all know which ones are.

  33. He can play until he is 50! but he will NEVER win another SB after that disastrous selfish act which result in a SB giveaway to brady…NEVER!!!

  34. I remember when I was 31. I too thought I was invincible. You see, in your early 20’s, you’re at your physical peak and it makes up for your inexperience. In your early 30’s, experience catches up to your physical ability which has at this point leveled out. Once you hit your 40’s, it’ takes a helluva lot longer to recover from things.

    TB12 is an anomaly. And even he isn’t playing as well as he was just a couple years ago. Don’t like it when players end up being pushed out to pasture. Go out on top like Barry Sanders did. Enjoy your health and all that money. Because those hits you’re enduring in your late 30’s and early 40’s will take a major toll on your body later in life and you will wish you would’ve left the game earlier.

  35. Everyone mentioning how protected today’s QBs are…….yet Wilson tends to take a shot or a solid facemask rip every game and it’s never called. I’d say he’s protected about as much as Cam Newton has been up to this point. For some reason, refs just look the other way when he’s getting a cheap shot.

  36. Okay lets just ignore the stats and performance. Wilson has been a massively better statistical QB than anyone on that list and you freaking know it. See the stats below, Russell is so much better its not even funny. Even if you take out his great rushing ability, he is still a waaaay more efficient and better passer.

    Worst Passer Rating season
    Eli 69.4
    Flacco 73.1
    Russell 92.6

    Best Passer Rating season
    Eli 93.6 (weird, same as Flacco)
    Flacco 93.6
    Russell 110.9 (2018, but in 2019 he currently has 112.1)

    Interceptions
    Eli 27
    Flacco 22
    Russell 11

    Passing TDs
    Eli 35
    Flacco
    Russell 35

    Passing Yards
    Eli 4933
    Flacco 4317
    Russell 4219

    Rushing TDs
    Eli 1
    Flacco 3
    Russell 6

    Rushing Yards
    Eli 80
    Flacco 180
    Russell 849

    Worst season comp%
    Eli 52.8 (whole season, partial season 48.2)
    Flacco 57.6
    Russell 61.3

    Best season comp%
    Eli 66.0
    Flacco 65.3
    Russell 68.1

    Career comp%
    Eli 60.3
    Flacco 61.9
    Russell 64.5

    Career TD%
    Eli 4.5
    Flacco 3.7
    Russell 6.1

    Career INT%
    Eli 3.0
    Flacco 2.4

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    Can we quit anointing people to the HOF, especially calling them first ballot HOF because they won a SB? Is Flacco a HOFer? Dilfer? Brad Johnson? Eli Manning has won 2 and I don’t think he is a HOFer either. Just wait until they call it a career and view the body of work. Something that the writers seem to have forgotten when voting for the HOF is one simple criteria. Can you tell the story of the NFL without mentioning them?

  37. I forgot to put Flacco’s best TD, which was 27. As a bengals fan, I used to scream when I heard people call Flacco elite. He had a great coach in John Harbaugh, and a great RB in his prime in Rice. Not to mention the ever steady Raven’s defense. Flacco was soooooooo overrated in his prime.

  38. patsbrat says:
    November 29, 2019 at 7:57 pm
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    Nothing else really matters that occurred SUBSEQUENT to the obvious texts (deflator), destruction of evidence and video data already proving guilt. There is nothing therefore to ignore or defend around this premise, and you know there are zero texts referencing the tampering happening only before ref inspection. Myself, along with most others including the NFL and Judge Chin agree with this premise. And the fact that he was still punished based on this premise gives credibility. Move on Sport

  39. moviking40460 says:
    November 29, 2019 at 7:38 pm
    Can we quit anointing people to the HOF, especially calling them first ballot HOF because they won a SB? Is Flacco a HOFer? Dilfer? Brad Johnson? Eli Manning has won 2 and I don’t think he is a HOFer either. Just wait until they call it a career and view the body of work. Something that the writers seem to have forgotten when voting for the HOF is one simple criteria. Can you tell the story of the NFL without mentioning them?

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    Does Flacco, Dilfer, Brad Johnson or Eli have the second highest QBR in history to go with those SBs? You know like Russ above Brees, Brady, Peyton, Warner, Montana, Marino, Favre…?

    Asking for a friend.

  40. The football disrespect of Russell Wilson.
    (1) Win 3 state titles in high school as a QB, colleges ask, “why don’t you go play DB in college?”
    (2) Lead the ACC all 3 years in TD passes and total TDs, while being the conference 1st Team QB, so his head coach says, “we’re going to go with Mike Glennon this year”.
    (3) Is the top player in the Big 10 in record setting fashion, but the scouts say, “we like RGIII and Andrew Luck more”.
    (4) Drafted by Seattle in the 3rd round, experts said, “what the hell is Seattle doing, he’s going to be the next Seneca Wallace?”
    (5) Set multiple NFL records as a rookie and had them 31 seconds away from the NFC title game, but RGIII wins the ROY Award playing in a gimmick offense.
    (6) In his first NFL season, takes a 23rd ranked offense and jumped them to 9th and a 21st ranked rushing attack and made them 3rd, and everyone credited others.
    (6) Wins the Super Bowl in his 2nd season and helps Seattle to their first ever back to back 10 plus win seasons, and is called a Game Manager for his play, despite placing Top 10 in 13 passing stats and Top 5 in 9 of them.
    (7) Leads the NFL in yards per carry and helps team go to consecutive Super Bowls and experts say he’s a running QB carried by his defense and running game yet we see 5 years later another QB does the same thing and is a MVP favorite.
    (8) Leads the NFL in passing rating, 3rd in yards per carry and puts team on its back while playing with multiple top players out with injuries to get to playoffs and doesn’t get a single MVP vote.
    (9) Leads the NFL in total percentage of a team’s offensive yardage and TDs while throwing a record amount of TD passes in 4th quarters and leads NFL in TD passes and total TDs and again gets no MVP votes.
    (10) Despite his career accomplishments, has never once been voted a Top 10 player while guys like Wentz, Elliott, Bell, Mack, Beckham, Sherman, Peterson, Luck and Gurley have done far less and earned that distinction.
    (11) In 2018 took a team predicted to win 4 games in a rebuilding year to a 10 win playoff season and threw the 3rd most TDs while throwing the least among starters.
    Seattle was 6-0 in games against teams they were competing against for playoff spots (Green Bay, Detroit, Carolina, Dallas, Minnesota and Kansas City).
    (12) Leads the NFL this year in 10 (that’s right 10 stats)-TD passes, total TDs, TD-INT ratio, TD ratio per pass, passing rating, QBR, game winning TD passes, game winning drives, TD% and INT% and experts say a QB with inferior numbers is the MVP.
    (13) Despite all his career accomplishments while never missing a single game and keeping his team winning, TWICE his own fan base said he should be traded for draft picks and they need to draft a QB because “HE’S NOT WORTH THE MONEY and NO WAY HE SHOULD EVEN BE CONSIDERED FOR THE TOP PAID PLAYER”.
    I swear, IF Andrew Luck, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning or Baker Mayfield had done these things EVERY YEAR from high school to his 8th NFL season, they would have compiled so many awards and accolades while being the only active players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
    But with Russell Wilson, there is ALWAYS a excuse why he succeeds.
    Someone got injured, it was luck, his running game carried him, he had a all time great defense, his WRs made him look good or the ref blew that call.
    It’s NEVER that Russell Wilson has been a superstar QB since high school.

    Go Hawks!

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