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Super Bowl XLVIII: Russell Wilson has a ‘why not us’ mentality

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Russell Wilson is out to prove the doubters wrong once again. According to NFL.com on Feb. 2, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback will become just the sixth NFL quarterback to start in the Super Bowl in just his second season.

With most of the attention going towards the legacy of Denver Broncos quarterback and league MVP Peyton Manning, Wilson has sort of flown under the radar as Super Bowl XLVIII approaches. But his performance will be just as important and his is out to make some history of his own. And also prove a lot of people wrong.

In an interview with NFL Media’s Michael Irvin that aired during NFL Network’s “NFL GameDay Morning”, Wilson brought up the fact that he was the sixth quarterback taken in the 2012 draft and how far he had to come to get to the big stage of Super Bowl XLVIII.

“I’m very competitive. I believe I could be picked before all those guys, but it wasn’t going to affect me either way. I knew that the Seattle Seahawks were going to pick me. I was going to make the 31 other teams regret it.”

Somewhat undersized, the 5-foot-11 Wilson has had to prove people wrong throughout his football career. If he is to lead the Seahawks to a victory over Peyton Manning and the Broncos, he will have to exert the same competiveness in proving doubters wrong again. He is not the story going into the Super Bowl, but with a victory, he will definitely be the story following it. Russell Wilson certainly believes. He talked about his Super Bowl aspirations and how he urged his teammates to believe earlier in the season.

“I remember my dad asking me one time, and it’s something that has always stuck with me: ‘Why not you, Russ? You know, why not me? Why not e in the Super Bowl? So in speaking to our football team earlier in the year, I said, ‘Why not us? Why can’t we be there?’”

Now that the Seattle Seahawks are there, Wilson will provide an intangible that can’t be evaluated on draft day: leadership.

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