Richmond’s Russell Wilson heads to Super Bowl
Fred Jeter | 1/30/2015, 8:16 a.m.
The Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson is listed at 5-foot-11, quite short by NFL quarterback standards.
But Richmond’s link to Sunday’s Super Bowl may be up to 6-foot now, maybe even 6-foot-1, if you don’t press the measuring stick too hard atop his noggin.
Since Oct. 26, the former Collegiate School Class of 2007 whiz has not visited a barber or gripped a razor.
And while his curly mane and whiskers have continued to grow, so have the Seahawks’ winning ways.
The defending Super Bowl champs have won eight straight games and 11 of the last 12 games since Oct. 26 as they head into Super Bowl XLIX against the New England Patriots.
The Seahawks had suffered rare back-to-back losses to Dallas and St. Louis prior to his decision to allow his tresses to flow free.
Like the biblical Samson, Wilson says there is history suggesting he gains super powers from longer locks.
Wilson let his hair grow in the weeks leading up to last year’s Super Bowl, when the Seahawks defeated Denver.
So call this Hair-do II.
“Yeah, it’s the same as last year. It’s out,” Wilson told the Seattle Times. “I had the same thing going on last year.”
It’s an old trend-superstition that started during Wilson’s junior year at Collegiate — the season the Cougars won the first of consecutive state titles with Wilson at quarterback.
“It’s one of those things. I did it with my Dad and I did it last year, so why not go with it,” he said.
As millions of football fans huddle around TV sets for perhaps the year’s premier sporting event, here are some Russell Wilson Fun Facts to impress fellow partygoers with.
Elite fraternity: With a win Sunday, Wilson will become one of only 12 quarterbacks with more than one Super Bowl win.
Others are Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana with four each, Tom Brady and Troy Aikman with three, and Roger Staubach, John Elway, Bob Griese, Ben Roethlisberger, Bart Starr, Jim Plunkett and Eli Manning with two apiece.
Wilson would become the first quarterback to win two Super Bowls in his first three seasons.
Blown scouting report? Was he overlooked because of his height? The overall 75th draft pick in 2012, Wilson was just the sixth quarterback selected.
Earlier picks were Andrew Luck (first by the Colts), Robert Griffin III (second by Washington), Ryan Tannehill (eighth by the Dolphins), Brandon Weeden (22nd by the Browns) and Brock Osweiler (57th by Denver).
Show me the money: As a rookie, Wilson agreed to a four- year contract for $2.996 million with a $619,472 signing bonus. His salary this year was $662,434.
By comparison, Denver’s Peyton Manning is making about $15 million per year and the Patriots’ Brady is in the midst of a five-year deal worth $57 million.
Under the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, Wilson becomes eligible to renegotiate for the 2015 season.
Wilson’s agent, James “Bus” Cook, served in the same capacity for former quarterbacks Brett Favre and Steve McNair, and current quarterback Cam Newton.