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Russell Wilson talks Seahawks, sounds like he’s reading American Family spot script


The Seattle Seahawks (6-4) are at a crossroads in their season. Heading into Sunday’s critical home game against division-leading Arizona Cardinals (9-1), the outcome of the game may make or break the defending Super Bowl champions’ postseason aspirations. Pull off a big win and Seattle is back in the hunt for a playoff spot. Lose, well, prospects for another magical postseason run begin to take on a somewhat dire look.

Russell Wilson clearly recognizes the magnitude of Sunday’s game. But the way he sees it, the Seahawks still control their own destiny. It’s simply a matter of the team keeping an eye on the prize.

Wilson believes the team as a whole is in the right frame of mind. Now all the Seahawks have to do is execute.

“I think we have that same resilience and that same championship mindset,” Wilson said, via NFL Nation. “There were games last year where we had to come from behind and do some miraculous things. That’s what it comes down to now and the weeks to come. It’s something I look forward to.”

Wilson understands the onus is on him to elevate his game if the Seahawks are to get on a much-needed run.

“I think it’s on me more than anything,” he said. “There’s a time and place to be big right now and we’ve just got to make those plays. I believe we’re going to. I believe we’re going to capitalize and I’m going to make the throws when I need to make them.”

And then Wilson started speaking as if he was reading off a script from one of those clich├ęd American Family commercials that come across as a hackneyed motivational speech, chock-full of cheesy lines like “Dreams don’t come true … dreams are made true.”

“The story hasn’t been written yet,” Wilson said. “We’re going to have to write our own story and see what happens.”

Wilson comes across as a guy who carefully chooses his words, always considering how his comments may be interpreted. Due to this cautiousness, the Seahawks quarterback always manages to come off as genuine, sincere, honest, in a word, authentic. And that ease of authentically articulating positivity works even when he’s reading off a script fraught with quasi-New Age, pseudo-self-actualization drivel, as he does in those insurance commercials. Or when talking about a must-win football game.

In the end, though, it appears to work for Wilson.