The unbearable ease of being Russell Wilson

<pre><pre>The unbearable ease of being Russell Wilson


As usual, He was the last one to speak to reporters after the game. It took him almost an hour to emerge from the locker room. Most of his teammates, who, to be honest, had played just as badly, were already lining up for the Seahawks bus when Wilson quickly went to a white tent near the visitor's tight locker room.

With shining eyes, grinning and dressed in an earth-colored suit, he looked at the assembled reporters and put on another show. Wilson sounded like he always did after a painful defeat – even after intercepting the Super Bowl – not only clichéd but optimistic in a way that few professional athletes could be after a defeat.

"With where we want to go, there is a lot more season, a lot more things to do, everything is still ahead of us," he enthused. "We have to play it one game at a time, just get better, watch the movie and find out how we can get better as a group."

It was vintage Wilson: the guy who never disappoints, never shows negativity or is a bit in the dumps. The guy who doesn't smolder like Roger Federer or LeBron James after a heavy defeat promises milk and honey a new day.

Wilson has long worked with a mental trainer, Trevor Moawad, on a stoic mindset that they call "neutral thinking" – even stay on the keel right now and avoid anything negative. They eagerly believe in a direct connection between the words that are spoken and success. Moawad said they had carefully examined how great quarterbacks like Tom Brady and Drew Brees deal with losing questions.

To be invented? Maybe.

Love it or hate it, Wilson's style didn't falter as the season started. His appearance was the same after beating the Carolina Panthers three weeks ago helped secure a playoff spot. He spoke of silver lining when his top three second-leg injuries ended at the end of the season, and Lamar Jackson Heart and M.V.P. won. Voices.