Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson spent 10 years in the NFL, all with the Seahawks. He’s now committed to playing in Denver for the next seven years, even before he plays as a member of the team.
In a news conference Thursday announcing his new contract, Wilson explained that his main hope is to win more NFL championships with his new team.
“I had such a wonderful time in the first decade of my career, and I’m really excited for the next ten years,” Wilson said. “What’s really important to me is being able to win a championship and being able to have enough room in the salary cap, so George [Paton] Can work his magic, we can get people like this [linebacker] When Randy Gregory joins the team or other great players. We want to make this the target location.this is one of them [where] We have a great tradition, a great football team. We have a lot of amazing new faces in the Walton-Penner group. Mr. Rob Walton himself, Greg Penner, Carrie [Walton Penner]ondoleezza Rice, Melody Hobson, Lewis Hamilton and Damani [Leech]. These are world class visionaries and world class performers and winners. At the end of the day, you want to be surrounded by it, and just as importantly, make sure you have great players around you. For me, I love these guys. It was a blast and an amazing joy.For me it’s not about how much [money],inevitable. It’s about how many Super Bowls we can win. That’s the real point. “
At this point in his career, Wilson was philosophically passionate about what motivated him.
“I wake up every morning — you focus on each day and try to win that day, and in the long run, you understand that’s what creates a legacy,” Wilson said. “[It’s about] people you influence. My dad used to say that it’s not the day you’re born or the day you die, but it’s the labels in between that measure a person’s importance. I really believe in the label in the middle – this will be part of my label.Part of that little dash in the middle, what can I do to impact this football team and win and everything else [such as] Fans, engagement and all that, but more importantly, help inspire young kids to keep believing, keep dreaming, and keep a “why not you” attitude. To be able to impact kids at a children’s hospital or anywhere else, that’s what I’m here for. God put me on this earth not only to play football, spin the ball and do some cool stuff, but hopefully inspire the next generation and the next. That’s what legacy means to me. “
But Wilson will also make a lot of money while creating a legacy. Relative to the salary cap of the rest of the team, he doesn’t have as much in the past. But there’s more than enough, and enough left over, for the Broncos to build a successful team around its franchise quarterback.
This is Wilson’s key. While he has and will continue to make a lot of money, he won one Super Bowl in 10 NFL seasons. If he wants to increase that total, the Broncos will need the money to spend on a few great players.