3 Quotes from Russell Wilson That Will Make You More Optimistic

Jordan Mendiola

Russell Wilson


The most optimistic athlete in the entire United States is Russell freaking Wilson.

Being drafted into the NFL with the 75th pick by the Seattle Seahawks in the third round means that he was low-value at the time.

In hindsight, all 31 other franchises who failed to draft him regret not drafting him. They could have had this dynamic leader on their team.

Russell never loses hope, has won a Super Bowl, and always gives motivational speeches. We can’t overlook his down-to-earth interviews either.

Here are three quotes from Russell Wilson that will make you a more optimistic individual.

Quote #1

My height doesn’t define my skill set. To be a great quarterback, you have to have great leadership, great attention to detail and a relentless competitive nature — and I try to bring that on a daily basis.
Russell Wilson

This dynamic quarterback is 5'11", which in the NFL is pretty short compared to what most teams have. Quarterbacks are typically 6 feet and above so they can see over their linemen and it’s been a tradition that taller quarterbacks perform better.

He’s inspired so many quarterbacks under 6'0", and has helped plenty other “under-sized” quarterbacks get second looks at playing football professionally.

Wilson has all the intangibles you want in an optimistic leader. He is the first one to practice, and the last one to leave.

He takes care of all his teammates and has 1-on-1 conversations with all of them to ensure they’re on the same page.

He watches game film relentlessly and over-prepares for every game.

He never loses hope in any game. You can never count him out when the game is on the line with less than 2 minutes to play.

Russell Wilson is tied for the most 4th-quarter comebacks (21) and game-winning drives (27) since entering the league in 2012, including postseason (NFL).

With him on your team, there’s always hope no matter how much the odds are stacked against you.

Don’t let your circumstances define your outcomes.

Quote #2

Why not you?
— Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson typically says “why not us?” in his motivational team speeches. It inspires his team to think big-picture. What’s the reason they can’t go out and win any game they play in? There is no reason, there’s always hope.

This is one of the simplest quotes I’ve ever heard in my life, but it speaks volumes.

Do you want to start your own business? Run a marathon? Write a book? Ask that person you like out on a date? Travel the world?

Why not you?

You can do anything you set your mind to.

Let any doubts leave your head so that you can have the headspace to go and get what you truly want in life.

It doesn’t matter how hard or far away it seems.

Take a chance and bet on yourself to get to your destination.

Quote #3

Something great’s gonna happen.
— Russell Wilson

This quote is something Wilson said in the 2020 season in a game where they came from behind and won by 1 point against the Minnesota Vikings.

He told his guys , “something great’s gonna happen” about 100 times throughout the game they looked like they might lose.

Everyone’s mindset shifts from pessimism to optimism when you hear your leader tells you something so positive.

Sure enough, something great happened and Wilson threw a game-winner on basically the last play of the game. That “something great” did happen, and he shocked the world once again.

In life, things aren’t always going to go your way.

You might hit rock bottom and lose all hope.

But when you have the mindset that something great can happen, odds are, it will happen.

Final Thoughts

Optimistic leaders are hard to come by.

Optimistic leaders who follow through with the things they preach are even harder to come by.

Russell Wilson is the ultimate competitor and a full-house of infectious positivity.

No matter the circumstances, hold onto your hope — something no one can take away from you.

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