For as great as the guy has been for Seattle — a standup person, a charitable man, a highly skilled player, a great leader, a Super Bowl champion — he sure has taken a lot of flak from fans this year. The honeymoon celebrated by an entire city that fell in love with him in 2012 and 2013 apparently is over.
Maybe it’s the goal-line interception in the Super Bowl, or maybe it’s his increased celebrity and association with other stars, or maybe it’s his girlfriend (one of said stars), or maybe it’s his faith in God. Whatever it is, people seem to find a lot about him to pick apart.
He can’t do anything right. When he speaks in his favorite cliches — “the separation is in the preparation,” “no time to sleep,” “why not us?” — people roll their eyes. But when he says something off script and from the heart, people make fun of him for his beliefs.
So what if he thinks God has a plan for him and is telling him how to conduct his relationship with his girlfriend and has challenged him to respond to the Super Bowl debacle? So what if he talks up products he believes in?
It doesn’t mean you have to believe in God, too, or like products he endorses.
To his credit, Wilson “ignores the noise” and carries on as he sees fit, going to Children’s Hospital, running his RW passing camps, repping Alaska Airlines, trying to become a better quarterback.
Asked about his increased exposure, he said, “I’m never worried about that. I just take one day at a time, try to be organized, try to be really zoned in. You’ve got to have your priorities straight. You make the main thing the main thing. First of all, it’s my faith, and then my family, and then football. And all the rest comes with it, which is great, that’s not a bad thing. I don’t look at it as a bad thing. I’ve always been better busy. I like more on my plate. It keeps you zoned in, keeps you focused, keeps you organized. I don’t look at it as a bad thing at all.”
Here’s some advice for Seahawks fans: Feel free to disagree with Wilson’s views, but don’t ever take him for granted. He’s as good a leader for a football team as you could hope to have.
As long as he continues to play at a high level — and improve — there is no reason to rip him for things that don’t matter to the success of the football team.