Russell Wilson may not have ever seen himself playing in Super Bowl XLVIII three years after hitting a .228 batting average in Class A baseball. However, it was a seed that his father planted in his head several years ago that got Wilson where he is today, asking "Why not you, Russ?"
If it needed to be clarified at all, "where he is today" means cradling the Lombardi Trophy while he hops from interview to interview talking about winning his first Super Bowl.
Eventually blowing the Broncos out of the water with a score of 43-8, Wilson started off the game with a few incomplete passes. However, once he got in his zone, the 5'11'' quarterback led his team with zero interceptions, two touchdown passes and 206 yards.
As might be expected before a big game, all sorts of people were tweeting their well wishes to Wilson. It was nothing out the ordinary; I'm sure Manning was receiving the same sort of messages.
Before he won on Sunday, many people in the Twittersphere didn't acknowledge how far Wilson had come. He was a third-round pick playing against Peyton Manning. The attention Seattle received was primarily focused on the defense.
"Seattle's defense is getting all the attention, and they deserve it, but you don't get to a SB without having a good D." - Peyton #SB48— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) January 29, 2014
If Manning only knew what was coming his way. Somewhat ironically, after looking at this comment of his, is that one of the focuses after the game would be on his own team's defense, but more in the sense of, "where was it?" This translated to Wilson and his offense blowing up the scoreboard.
Throughout the game, many people mentioned Wilson's paycheck for the season being just about the same as Manning's paycheck per game. Bill Barnwell, a writer for Grantland, was quoted by ESPN for sharing the same sort of idea, however bringing the MVP into the mix instead of Wilson:
The comparisons between Wilson and Bruno Mars at halftime were nothing short of amusing. Here's one that just about sums up the common theme of halftime tweets.
Not much changed in the second half (other than the Broncos avoiding a shutout), leaving Twitter a little quieter until after the game. Wilson's post-game interview with Fox Sports made him a guy who was hard to hate, no matter which team you were cheering for. He was humble and classy, with a brief mention of his father who passed away a few years ago.
As humble and hard-working a winner as you'll ever get in Russell Wilson. Easy to root for -- and could be the first of many. - @sarahspain— espnW (@espnW) February 3, 2014
Although Wilson probably picked up several new fans on Sunday, he couldn't have done it without the defense. It made stopping Peyton and the No. 1 offense look simple. Even if it wasn't its best game, I guarantee it wasn't an easy feat.
Can the MVP go to the entire Seattle Defense?— Ryan Ruocco (@RyanRuocco) February 3, 2014
This suggestion, of course, was not possible. The honors went to linebacker Malcolm Smith.
This was a night that Wilson will not soon forget. It was his first Super Bowl appearance, with more likely to follow. He has officially been put on the radar for quarterbacks to watch in the coming seasons. This young athlete has proven to the teams that didn't want to take him in the draft that good things come in small packages.
I guess now is the time for Seahawks' fans to be thanking Mr. Wilson for planting that small seed in his son's mind and inspiring him to become a successful professional athlete.
All stats courtesy of ESPN.com.