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Russell Wilson defied all odds to become the talk of the NFL (football, family, faith)
seattle slimes ^ | 12-2012 | Danny O'Neill

Posted on 12/24/2012 9:24:07 AM PST by doug from upland

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. —

Tammy Wilson is referencing scripture, 1 Samuel Chapter 16, Verse 7, and looking through her purse to find her Bible.

Turns out it's in her work bag, which just means she'll go from memory.

"It's not the countenance of a man nor the height," she begins. "But the heart."

And then Russell Wilson's mother begins to speak of the difference between fact and truth. The fact that her son, the Seahawks' quarterback, stands short of 6 feet does not define the truth of his abilities. And the fact her husband was once feared brain dead did not override the truth he walked out of a hospital on his own and was able to see their oldest son married and the youngest one drafted before he passed away.

"The Lord does not look at the things people look at," the verse from Samuel continues. "People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."

And then Russell Wilson's mother puts her own words to that message, delivering it in a honeyed Virginia accent you could listen to all day long, even as her eyes flash the resolve she and her husband passed along to their three children.

"Don't be defined by what other people say," she says.

And right here you begin to understand how her son has come to shine in Seattle.

(Excerpt) Read more at seattletimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: faith; family; football Comment #1 Removed by Moderator

To: doug from upland

He’s a top bloke.


2 posted on 12/24/2012 9:32:02 AM PST by relictele
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To: doug from upland

Thank you for posting this. LOVE my HAWKS! Am so surprised at what we have in Wilson. My Mom and I were high fiveing quite a bit last night!


3 posted on 12/24/2012 9:34:25 AM PST by Mama Shawna
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To: Mama Shawna

Dangruss! Love him!

Seahawks, the most dangerous team in the NFL!


4 posted on 12/24/2012 9:38:39 AM PST by CityCenter (Compromise is the welcome mat to deception.)
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To: doug from upland

Wilson is a beast. A man of great character. I am amazed at how many dedicated men of God are pro-football atheletes. Wilson, RGIII, Tebow, half the Packer’s team, and many, many more.


5 posted on 12/24/2012 9:39:16 AM PST by Obadiah
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To: CityCenter; All

I think the Seahawks will be in the Super Bowl.. Right now they have the momentum..


6 posted on 12/24/2012 9:45:15 AM PST by KevinDavis (And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.)
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To: doug from upland

As Husker I am still hurt at what he did to us last year (not to mention what the Badger did this year), but it’s good to hear about his faith. It’s always comforting to hear about these kinds of figures standing strong with the Lord. And I was especially happy they beat the 49ers, for no other reason than it is the San Francisco 49ers.


7 posted on 12/24/2012 9:47:40 AM PST by ABQHispConservative (Only fake Christians vote or are Democrats.)
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To: All

Video highlights here

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2012/12/23/seattle-seahawks-san-francisco-49ers/1788633/


8 posted on 12/24/2012 9:52:37 AM PST by doug from upland (Obama and the leftists - destroying our country one day at a time)
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To: doug from upland

And he turned down a $1 million offer from the Baltimore Orioles to pursue playing football.


9 posted on 12/24/2012 9:54:34 AM PST by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: KevinDavis

He’ll have to go through the ATL if he wants to get to the SB.


10 posted on 12/24/2012 9:56:19 AM PST by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: doug from upland

Let him get 10 years as a top-tier QB through personnel, coaching and system changes.

This sounds too much like Tebow-mania to me.

It is always ridiculous that someone has a good run and is crowned “the Next Big Deal.” Even more ridiculous it happens EVERY year.


11 posted on 12/24/2012 9:57:34 AM PST by freedumb2003 (MOLON LABE)
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To: Hotlanta Mike; All

Right now Atlanta is struggling.. In today’s NFL the team the has the hottest streak now tends to make it to the Super Bowl.


12 posted on 12/24/2012 10:01:21 AM PST by KevinDavis (And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.)
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To: KevinDavis

I suspect that Denver or New England will be in, most likely Denver, but the Seahawks will be hard-pressed to win playoff games on the road. I think Atlanta, Green Bay, or SF would take them at their home. But you never know in sports. Turnovers and a few big plays can make all the difference. It would be huge if the Seahawks win their final home game and Arizona comes up with a miracle at Candlestick so that Seattle wins their division. How big was that victory in which the temp refs gave one to Seattle with the blown call?


13 posted on 12/24/2012 10:03:40 AM PST by doug from upland (Obama and the leftists - destroying our country one day at a time)
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To: KevinDavis

Atlanta is struggling? 34-0 beatdown of the Giants and a beating to the Lions Monday night. Matt Ryan’s QBR is above 142 the last 2 games.They are playing as well as anybody.

Russell Wilson? Overcoming the odds? He’s a good story but he was still a third round pick.Compare that to Kurt Warner(undrafted) who never got a chance till he was 28 bounced around as backups and then went the arena league.


14 posted on 12/24/2012 10:06:33 AM PST by ground_fog
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To: freedumb2003

A little different than Tebow. This kid can scramble and actually throw really well. Don’t know that he will make it to the top tier, but he is dedicated, disciplined, smart, has good mechanics, and is a quick learner. Brady, P. Manning, and Rogers are really in a class of their own.


15 posted on 12/24/2012 10:09:47 AM PST by doug from upland (Obama and the leftists - destroying our country one day at a time)
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To: ground_fog

Kurt Warner’s story was remarkable.


16 posted on 12/24/2012 10:12:37 AM PST by doug from upland (Obama and the leftists - destroying our country one day at a time)
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To: relictele

He and the Seahawks sure kicked the snot out of my 49ers. Wow!


17 posted on 12/24/2012 10:13:16 AM PST by ScottinVA (More dizzying than a Tilt-a-Whirl is an around-a-circle argument with a liberal about gun control.)
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To: ScottinVA

The 49ers were coming off an emotional win the week before. It was easy to see a letdown. They were missing there best defensive lineman in Justin smith. They played 92 snaps defensively compared to an average of 62 the week before. They were clearly tired. It was a great win for the Seahawks but I wouldn’t count out the 49ers yet. Although there passing game is of serious concern now


18 posted on 12/24/2012 10:16:50 AM PST by ground_fog
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To: ground_fog

Seattle will be hard pressed to beat the 9ers at Candlestick but SF met a monster defense last night. It was amazing to see how the Seattle defense stopped Gore (Frank, not Al) and held the SF running game to 82 yards.


19 posted on 12/24/2012 10:37:58 AM PST by doug from upland (Obama and the leftists - destroying our country one day at a time)
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To: ABQHispConservative

Fellow disappointed Husker: I honestly believe that if we don’t beat a very good Georgia team in the upcoming bowl game, that Pelini has got to be dismissed. If we do beat Georgia, I might reconsider—it’s just that we have yet to beat a great football team in the Pelini era. We’ve had many opportunities and apparently can’t get beyond mediocrity.

We Huskers are spoiled, and mediocrity on a Terry Donahue-type level (9-4, 10-4 seasons etc) is just NOT OK.

We need to return to prominence and legitimately be in the National Championship calculus on a regular basis. The program is still so storied and powerful, but we’ve lost the mystique we used to command (though I admit OU and two of the Florida teams used to give us fits fairly regularly!)

Hope the Huskers can beat the Dawgs. If not, Pelini loses any remaining credibility he may have had. Our players are just as good as the Bama/Oregon/Notre Dame-level players and with excellent coaching, they should be able to play and win championships again. Pelini hasn’t extracted that potential to-date at all, and if he can’t kick some ass against Georgia, I’ve definitely had enough of him (and his ridiculous tantrums as well).

GO BIG RED!


20 posted on 12/24/2012 10:55:05 AM PST by Husker8877
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To: freedumb2003

This guy is the real deal. He’s no Tebow. He reminds me of Fran Tarkenton. The Seahawks are scary. They demolished SF last night and, in power rankings, SF was considered tops in the NFL.

No axe to grind here. I’m an Eagles fan.


21 posted on 12/24/2012 10:57:50 AM PST by deweyfrank
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To: deweyfrank

They demolished the last 3 team they’ve played. The first one could have been considered a fluke, the second an accident, the third? Time to start paying attention.


22 posted on 12/24/2012 11:11:39 AM PST by CityCenter (Compromise is the welcome mat to deception.)
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To: doug from upland

I was going to ask if he attended Charlottesville High or even Western Albemarle, but from his bio, I see he went to a prep school in Richmond. UVA should have snagged him, but NC State always does a better job of recruiting in central VA. It’s always great to see a new generation of Christians rising to positions of leadership.


23 posted on 12/24/2012 11:16:57 AM PST by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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To: Husker8877

Amen brother. The question I would have, is who to replace Pelini with? I am still willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. After all, Osborne didn’t win his first national championship until late in his career. I agree talent wise, however, I also get a bit angry that we aren’t attracting top talent to Lincoln. But coaching is king. We must develop the talent we have, and we need great assistant coaches to do this. Actually, it’s kinda like the current conservative movement. We all want instant gratification, but it takes a long time. At times, that’s how the left has done it. Slow.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year fellow Husker. GO BIG RED!!!


24 posted on 12/24/2012 11:21:40 AM PST by ABQHispConservative (Only fake Christians vote or are Democrats.)
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To: deweyfrank

Yep, Tarkenton was my first thought, particularly the way he keeps turning direction and giving ground to buy time.


25 posted on 12/24/2012 12:00:00 PM PST by doug from upland (Obama and the leftists - destroying our country one day at a time)
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To: freedumb2003

Wilson actually reads defenses and completes passes. 150 points in 3 games. Yeah it’s just his rookie season, but so far he’s looking pretty darn good.


26 posted on 12/24/2012 12:13:55 PM PST by discostu (Not a part of anyone's well oiled machine.)
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To: Obadiah

“men of God are pro-football atheletes...half the Packer’s team,”

That doesn’t mean Bears fans can’t hate them! ;>)

And they’d better beat Minnesota Sunday!


27 posted on 12/24/2012 12:15:54 PM PST by Rennes Templar (Be positive: America is greater than Obama.)
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I can see how Tom O’Brien was fired from NC State. He actually him off the team. As a Spartan, too bad that happened and he ended up at Wisconsin.


28 posted on 12/24/2012 12:19:11 PM PST by Darren McCarty (If most people were more than keyboard warriors, we might have won the election)
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To: ground_fog
Russell Wilson? Overcoming the odds?

Not many under 6 feet tall quarterbacks in the NFL.

29 posted on 12/24/2012 12:25:11 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (Carry a Gun, It's a Lighter Burden Than Regret)
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To: Rennes Templar

LOL.


30 posted on 12/24/2012 1:18:34 PM PST by Obadiah
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To: KevinDavis

If you haven’t watched Atlanta that’s how they have played all season, aside from 2 weeks ago when they blew the roof off of the Super Bowl champs. So to say they are “struggling” is not correct, they win and they win close games. Seattle will have to go on the road to get to the Super Bowl, no home field support.


31 posted on 12/24/2012 4:36:05 PM PST by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

If Seattle wins last game and 49ers lose, they would play a home game if they meet the 9ers.


32 posted on 12/24/2012 7:10:16 PM PST by doug from upland (Obama and the leftists - destroying our country one day at a time)
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To: Alaska Wolf

Not many under 6 feet tall quarterbacks in the NFL.
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There was Doug Flutie and Jerry Rhome (QB at my HS); and probably Tarkington and Theisman.

I believe I heard one of the guys calling the Seattle/SF game say that Wilson had told someone questioning his height that if he was 6’4” he still wouldn’t be able to see over the defensive linemen and linebackers who are 6’7 or 6’8”. I thought that was a great retort by Wilson.


33 posted on 12/25/2012 12:48:21 AM PST by octex
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To: octex
probably Tarkington and Theisman.

Tarkenton was listed as 6'0 or 6'1, Rhome 6'0 and Theismann 6'0. Like I stated, not many under 6' tall NFL QBs.

34 posted on 12/25/2012 6:48:24 AM PST by Alaska Wolf (Carry a Gun, It's a Lighter Burden Than Regret)
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To: doug from upland; deweyfrank; discostu

Time will tell.


35 posted on 12/25/2012 7:01:06 AM PST by freedumb2003 (MOLON LABE)
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