This is an article from the Jan. 13, 2014 issue
Seattle's QB has endeared himself to the NFL's loudest fans by being named to the Pro Bowl in each of his first two years and leading the Seahawks to the No. 1 seed in this season's NFC playoffs, where they will face the Saints on Saturday.
DAN PATRICK:I saw you posing with Macklemore after a concert the other day. How was it?
RUSSELL WILSON: It was great. He's from Seattle. A lot of energy in [KeyArena].
DP:Who's more famous in Seattle, you or Macklemore?
RW: Macklemore, by a long shot. He's got way more [Twitter] followers than I do.
DP:If you win a Super Bowl?
RW:[Laughs.] We'll see.
DP:What did you get your linemen for Christmas?
RW: I got them all Xbox Ones.
DP:What did they get you?
RW: They got me protection and a whole bunch of wins. So that works.
DP:What did Pete Carroll get you?
RW: Pete didn't get me anything. He's kind of like the Grinch around Christmastime. [Laughs.]
DP:When you look at the numbers Peyton Manning put up this year, what does that mean to you?
RW: I want to be like him one day. I'm similar to him in how much I love the game. I'm a lot further away in terms of the mental side. I'm trying to get to where he is.
DP:When did you first realize the impact of your home field advantage?
RW: We were playing our first preseason game at home, and I realized how great the fans were right from the get-go. I was like, Man, this is preseason?
DP:Does your voice ever crack at the line?
RW: I always try to speak in a higher pitch when I'm playing on the road. My voice inflection goes up a little bit. They can hear the high octaves. That's a little secret right there.
DP:When you visited the Giants, did you take mental notes in case you're back at MetLife Stadium for the Super Bowl?
RW: I always do that no matter where I'm playing. I'm very big into visualization, into seeing the clock and understanding where things are. Especially on the road, because everything is a little bit different.
DP:Do you think you've changed perceptions about shorter quarterbacks?
RW: It's all the guys before me. You think about Fran Tarkenton, Doug Flutie, Michael Vick, Drew Brees.
DP:Yeah, but you're different from most of those guys. You can be effective in the pocket, like Brees, and you can keep plays alive with your feet.
RW: My job is throwing the ball to the right guy at the right time, but also salvaging a play when it's not there. I don't believe my height defines my skill set.
DP:Just to let you know, the Seahawks are my Super Bowl pick. Can I pencil you guys in?
RW: Sounds like a plan to me. We got a lot of work to do.
SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
A journalist tried to sneak into the hospital room of former F1 champ Michael Schumacher, who is in a coma after a skiing accident, by dressing as a priest.
THEY SAID IT
"How much more am I supposed to support a guy? Besides making a Pau flag and riding in there on a horse with Spanish-colored paint on my face, looking like a Spanish William Wallace or something? I don't know what else to do."
Lakers guard, on trade talks involving teammate Pau Gasol.