Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson joined The Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday to discuss his relationship with fellow QB Matt Flynn, the notion that he couldn't play because he was too short, and why he's not surprised he was named the starter by Pete Carroll.
How's the relationship with Matt Flynn?:
"It's a good relationship. We're working for one goal and that's to win. That's the biggest thing for us. We're very, very competitive in the sense that we just want to win every game that we can possibly play. ... We talk a lot, in terms of the film and everything, so it's a very positive one."
Even though Flynn came in looking like the shoe-in starter, Wilson's dynamic play in camp as well as the preseason has been hard to ignore. He's still working as hard as he can, trying to prove the doubters wrong:
How many times did you hear that people loved everything about you but that you weren't tall enough?:
"I heard that quite often, but I wasn't going to let that discourage me and the Seattle Seahawks went against the grain, I guess you could say, and they drafted me and gave me an opportunity. I'm just going to keep running with the opportunity. We have a great football team here, and so it's pretty awesome to play here."
The relentless effort put forth by Wilson has got him as far as the NFL, but now he wants to turn that into something even more:
How surprised are you that you're the starting quarterback?:
"I'm not surprised at all. I think, more than anything, it's my work ethic that has prepared me. I've done everything that I can to be the best that I can possibly be. ... Going against our defense every day, we have a spectacular defense, so going against them every day really prepares me for games."
We'll see how all that hard work pays off come week 1 against the Arizona Cardinals.