ENGLEWOOD, Colorado — Hey, look, Russell Wilson throws the first pitch at the Colorado Rockies game.
No, wait, he’s celebrating a Colorado Avalanche win, pompom in hand, with the team’s home ice in the background.
Or he’s in Monaco, mingling with the who’s who of the legendary Grand Prix, the A-list believers.
Don’t look now, he’s giving the inaugural speech in Dartmouth. Or posing for photos, giving high-fives and coaching at his passing camp, visiting patients at the children’s hospital.
In short, the Denver Broncos quarterback, who was acquired in a franchise-changing trade last March, has been all over the place for the past four months. But those who were close to him say he didn’t let the football part of the equation suffer.
“He’s everywhere, man,” said Broncos warden Dalton Risner, who is from Wiggins, Colorado. “Growing up here, I know what it’s like when the Broncos have a quarterback and a leader like that. But Russell, you can tell he wants to lead on the field, in the community, and he’ll be out there.”
“If you make $30 million a year, you can get a private jet to take you anywhere,” said running back Melvin Gordon III, a teammate of Wilson’s who played a season in Wisconsin, with a laugh. “This is quite simple. [But] however, it is all about football. He’s locked up, and there’s no other way to put it. … He comes in at 6:30 in the morning and has latched on. He goes through things with young guys, with older guys. He’s really trying to change the feeling here.”
Wilson’s desire to quickly become part of his new community only seems to inspire him to push even harder when he’s holding a soccer ball.
“It’s funny, when it started you were like, ‘Whoa, are you going to be able to pick up this stuff? Are we going to be able to dominate offense the way we want it?'” Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett asked. “But he does such a great job of surrounding himself with great people who help him so he can do all those things and still focus solely on football. It’s incredible to watch him do it. Every single second he has, he’s working non-stop. When he’s on a plane, he’s watching movies, he’s studying, he’s calling people, and he’s calling me.”
A Wilson FaceTime is already something his teammates need to be prepared for, or a barrage of texts to the broad recipients, or a call from high up in a different time zone to bang around an idea about a route against a Cover 4 look.
Wilson makes no secret of his desire to pack as much life into each day as possible. But he’s also quick to reassure his new teammates and coaches where his priorities lie.
“First of all, football is the top priority – that’s why it never suffers,” said Wilson. “You’re doing everything you can to fill in the extra time, you get here early, leave late. you do all that stuff One of the things I believe in is that you put yourself all in it, no matter where my feet are, I’ll put everything I’ve got when I’m here, even when I’m gone and everything else, the coaches and I , we keep talking, player, we keep talking .”
Just days after the Broncos acquired Wilson in March, the nine-time Pro Bowl drafter was already organizing a pitching session in San Diego for many of his new teammates, including wide receivers, tight ends, running backs and even center Lloyd Cushenberry III. During the Broncos’ offseason program, Wilson organized additional meetings as well as some onfield throwing sessions with offense.
The meetings and sessions were detailed enough and players considered them important enough that wide receiver Tim Patrick said if a player didn’t think they needed to attend, “then you’re not serious about winning and you don’t belong in this one.” Team. “
Patrick added, “If our quarterback does it, no one has an excuse not to.”
No matter how much Wilson crams into the calendar, he says it’s still not as busy as it was when he played both baseball and football while attending NC State. Wilson was a good enough baseball contender to be picked in the 41st round by the Baltimore Orioles in 2007, then by the Rockies in the fourth round of the 2010 draft, and even in his second season with the Seattle Seahawks (2013). The Texas Rangers selected him in the Rule 5 draft.
“Everyone is always shocked at how busy I am,” Wilson said. “I say, ‘You think this place is busy?’ I took 18 credits every semester in college, played two sports, in the morning to the football lift, to class, then to baseball, played all night until 11 p.m., then did my homework, was busy, that was the hardest thing I’ve ever done have made.
“Being able to do happy things, being able to speak in Dartmouth, supporting Ciara my wife and then also doing things with other guys and everything else, meeting up when I can, means a lot. One thing I’ve always believed, it’s a lifestyle. You have to focus your whole being and thought process on winning, on being successful. With that come great opportunities, but also great challenges. How do you overcome these challenges? What do you think?”
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