Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has played seven seasons in the NFL and figures he’s only not quite one-third of the way through his career.
“I feel like I’m just getting started,” Wilson said in an interview with Michael Silver of NFL.com.
“That’s the scary part. That’s the most exciting part. That’s really where I believe that I am right now: I’m just getting started. And I believe this team is just getting started. So, I think that we can do anything that we set our minds out to do.”
Wilson, 30, said later in the interview that he has his eye on potentially playing as many as 15 more seasons, when he will be 45.
“Yeah, yeah,” he said. “That’s the goal. I’m just fired up for it.”
Wilson signed a four-year, $140 million contract extension with the Seahawks in April, making him the highest-paid player in the NFL at $35 million per year. The deal included a $65 million signing bonus.
Wilson hopes to keep playing long after that contract expires after the 2023 season.
“Seven years has gone by so fast,” Wilson said.
“You think about just turning 30 years old and what I have for the rest of my career — for the next 10-15 years — I’m just fired up about it. You think about some of the best quarterbacks of all time, guys like Drew (Brees), guys like Tom (Brady), who (are playing into their 40s). I really look up to those guys. There’s so much more to do.”
Wilson is a five-time Pro Bowl selection who posted career highs in passing touchdowns (35) and passer rating (110.9) in 2018. He has thrown for 25,624 yards and 196 touchdowns in his seven-year career. He has started all 112 games he has played for the Seahawks.
–Field Level Media