Russell’s roots, and heart

Russell Wilson

The entire football nation will get a look at the new, and definitely improved, Russell Wilson tonight when the Seahawks host the 49ers at CenturyLink Field.

Taking center stage in the primetime matchup on NBC will be the rookie quarterback who has grown in the Seahawks’ offense since these two teams met in Week 7 – also in a primetime game, but on a Thursday night – and allowed the Seahawks’ offense to flourish because of it. In that October game in San Francisco, the Seahawks did not score a touchdown. In the past two weeks, the Seahawks’ offense has scored 10 touchdowns while becoming the first team since 1950 to score at least 50 points in back-to-back games. Half those TDs came from Wilson – three rushing against the Bills last week; and two passing, one against the Bills and one against the Cardinals the week before.

What’s with the kid QB? Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times made a trip to Charlottesville, N.C., to get to the root of the situation by tapping Wilson’s roots. You can read the entire story here.

But here’s a sampling: “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.

And it’s right here, on this Thursday night in a high-school gym where Russell Wilson’s sister just finished a basketball game, where you begin to understand why Tammy’s son has always been able to do things people said he couldn’t. It’s a glimpse of the unflinching belief that has carried Russell Wilson on his journey from a Virginia town through two colleges, a pair of minor-league baseball teams to starting in the NFL at a position some colleges concluded he was too short to play.

“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.”

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