Fatherhood growing Russell Wilson's perspective on football
Russell Wilson doesn't get much sleep these days. Not that he really did before, but becoming a father certainly wasn't going to add any hours to his sleep schedule.
The Seahawks quarterback and his wife, Ciara, announced the birth of their daughter, Sienna Princess Wilson, on April 28 and Friday he addressed the local media about the impact of being a new dad.
"A little bit less sleep," Wilson said after the third day of organized team activities at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton. "I don't get much sleep anyway. But it's been really good, actually. To be able to come home and see little man and also see the new one too as well, see little Future (Ciara's 3-year-old first child) and see Sienna, it's really cool to be around them both.
"He's such a good brother, and to be able to see Sienna as well, and see how she grows every day and changes every day when you come home. ... You've been at work since 5:30 in the morning, you come midday and there's something different. It's a really cool experience."
Wilson, who married Ciara in the summer of 2016, said fatherhood "continues to grow" his perspective on football, in that he's playing for both his family of the past and present.
"More than anything, when you have your own family and it continues to grow, it's a special thing," Wilson said. "I don't just play for my family that I've had before, but also my new family. Just playing for the little ones, playing for Ciara too and playing for my teammates and trying to do everything that I can to be the best that I possibly can be. I'm truly grateful every day to get to come home and it puts a smile on my face every time."
Wilson had an injury-plagued 2016 campaign, suffering his first major injury issues of his 5-year NFL career, which he'd like to have continue for another 10-15 years.
The 28-year-old QB "feels great" and is 100 percent healthy at this point, and confirmed that he's hired a full-time physical therapist, evidencing his emphasis on conditioning and nutrition during this offseason.
"I've just been really trying to be great in everything I do in terms of the nutrition part, in terms of the running part, the conditioning, being stronger, being faster, just continue to work every day," Wilson said. " I don't think I have to change too much, just fine-tuning things and continuing to get better. I feel super young right now and that's a great thing. I feel really, really young. I feel like I'm just getting started."
Coach Pete Carroll has repeatedly said he has high expectations in 2017 for Wilson, who didn't miss a start in 2016 despite knee and ankle injuries. Wilson threw for 4,219 yards, 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions with a 64.7 completion percentage behind a struggling offensive line that is thought to be improved in 2017.
"He set his sights on putting together an incredible offseason and he's done it," Carroll said. "He's worked religiously at his workouts, his conditioning, his arm strength is as good as I've ever seen it. He's as tuned in and focused about doing everything he can. He's working like crazy out here when he gets his chances, he's leading like he does."
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