SEATTLE (CBS Seattle/AP) – After the Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos 43-8 on Sunday night in Super Bowl XLVIII, quarterback Russell Wilson credited God and his faith for his performance on the field.
“God’s given me so much talent and my height doesn’t define my skill set,” Wilson said during an appearance on “CBS This Morning.” “I believe that God has given me a right arm and for some reason even though I’m 5’11” to be able to make the throws and make great decisions on the field and all that.”
He also gave credit to the other members of his team during the interview.
“Our defense. Our offense. Special teams were great and our fans were unbelievable in MetLife Stadium last night,” Wilson said. “It’s a team effort, and that’s what we’ve been wanting to do. You want to play your best football at the end of the year, and that’s what we did.”
He additionally had words of praise for Broncos’ quarterback Peyton Manning.
“He’s one of the best quarterbacks – if not the best quarterback – to play the game,” Wilson noted. “You know, it’s just truly an honor.”
The night before, as he basked in winning his first Super Bowl title, Wilson thought back to all the times he was overlooked.
Whether it was when Wilson was coming out of high school, when he was told he didn’t have a place anymore at North Carolina State or when he was entering the NFL and was deemed too short, all those times of being slighted came rushing back.
“For me I wanted to go against the odds,” Wilson said.
It made it that much sweeter for Wilson to play as well as he did in Seattle’s win. Wilson was the undercard all week to the attention being placed on Denver quarterback Peyton Manning. He was even overlooked on his own team with the focus so much on cornerback Richard Sherman and running back Marshawn Lynch.
But Wilson was the one who came out ahead on Sunday. His numbers weren’t flashy but he did exactly what Pete Carroll asked. He was efficient. He didn’t make mistakes. And he led Seattle to its first title.
Wilson completed 18 of 25 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for another 26 yards. Wilson missed on his first pass of the game, airmailing wide open tight end Zach Miller. But that was the only point where it appeared Wilson was caught up in the experience.
He played with poise and confidence. Wilson had three offensive possessions in the first half and led Seattle to points on all three. Seattle punted only one time in the game and did all that with Marshawn Lynch running for only 39 yards.
In the immediate aftermath, Wilson thought back to a players’ meeting before the season when he presented the question, why couldn’t this version of the Seahawks be the first in franchise history to win the Super Bowl? It was never a stated goal, but it fit with Carroll’s championship mantra.
“It’s emotional to think about all the guys, the great players that have played before us,” Wilson said. “That was our thing. We wanted to say, ‘Why not us?’ We believed that. It was real for us.”
He added, “I knew that we were here for a reason.”
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