Quarterback – Seattle
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"When the game is on the line, with two minutes left, I want to be the one with the ball." A fear of failure is hard to shake and not every athlete would want that kind of pressure. But Russell Wilson does.
This pro-baseball-player-turned-pro-quarterback is used to putting the team on his shoulders, and according to him, the qualities that make an elite quarterback are attention to detail, tremendous leadership, and a competitive nature. He developed all three of those throughout his long athletic career that includes being drafted into both professional baseball and professional football.
"You have to be a self-motivator in this world," he says. "That's the number one thing that I am. I will always be the first one in and the last one to leave because I love the game."
With so much experience in both sports, Russell has some key advice for athletes looking to take their own game to the next level. "The first thing I would say is don't even worry about it. I wouldn't focus on what everybody else thinks or what everybody else says. Are you a five-star, four-star, three-star? I was only a two-star guy. I didn't really worry about it. Other than that, put it all on film. It can't just be one game day, it can't just be one day in practice, it's got to be a constant progression of you. That's the biggest thing you can do."
Take his advice and you'll be set up for success, just like he was. "I had full confidence. I had already put it on film, I believed in my talent, and I just needed an opportunity. My goal has always been to make the 31 other teams regret it. Whoever didn't draft me, I want to make sure they understand that they made the wrong decision."
An athletic powerhouse, Russell has stayed true to his goal and performs well on the field in the Nike Lunar Superbad Pro TD — an unusual cleat choice for a quarterback. "I try to be the guy who's clutch at the end. The Superbad helps me maneuver around the big defensive linemen who are trying to smash me. I'm a guy who can move pretty well, so I want to feel that comfort, but I also want to feel that speed." Despite the extra support and cushioning Russell gets from the Nike Lunar Superbad Pro TD, this cleat still comes in at just 11.6 ounces, so he'll stay quick on his feet as well.
When it comes to getting his ultimate gear, Russell knows right where to find it. "My experience with Eastbay is a long, long history. I'm always waiting for the catalog to get to my house." Now you can get a pair of your own Superbads, or take a cue from Russell's baseball days. He ordered his first Wilson A2000 fielding glove from Eastbay too. He was only six then, but 18 years later, Russell's rocking and Eastbay is still helping the next generation of pros prepare to win.
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