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Russell Wilson says approach hasn’t changed amid ‘celebrity QB’ talk


Russell Wilson denied that his approach to football has changed this season amid reports that the Seattle Seahawks have expressed concerns over the possibility he’s turning into a “celebrity QB.”

“I think that ultimately, it comes down to how you prepare,” Wilson said Monday, via Pro Football Talk. “Like I always say, the separation is in the preparation. It comes down to getting here early, loving your teammates in terms of getting ready and having fun getting prepared. If anybody loves doing that, I love getting ready to go. We all love getting ready to go, and preparing for that, and getting ready for Sundays.”

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen originally filed a report over the organization concern that Wilson is more concerned with his celebrity than remaining dedicated to his craft. Much of the speculation and grumblings concerning Wilson’s supposed lack of focus and changed approach surrounds his high-profile romance with pop superstar Ciara, whom he began dating in March.

Wilson last week denied his relationship with Ciara has negatively impacted his play, saying, “Nothing has changed,” adding, “My private life is my private life” before remarking his girlfriend is “an unbelievable person.”

The Seahawks signal-caller became the target of criticism after he posted arguably his worst outing of the season in a 39-32 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Nov. 15, a game which followed him enjoying Seattle’s bye week with a getaway to Mexico with Ciara.

But Wilson seemed to get back to playing well in Sunday’s 29-13 victory over the hapless San Francisco 49ers, going 24-for-29 passing for 260 yards and two touchdowns, an outing that resulted in his best quarterback rating (138.5) of the season.