JERSEY CITY, NJ - JANUARY 30: Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks addresses the media during Super Bowl XLVIII media availability at the Westin Hotel January 30, 2014 in Jersey City, New Jersey. The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will meet in Super Bowl XLVIII at Metlife Stadium on February 2, 2014. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - For all the talk of the matchup between the Broncos' offense and the Seahawks' defense, there is a wrinkle Denver's seven has to iron out: Russell Wilson.
The second-year Seattle quarterback has nearly 4,000 yards in offense this season. He has just two 300-yard passing games this season, but also ran for 102 yards in a loss to Indianapolis.
"The one thing I want people to see is how great our football team is and how hard we're going to play and all the work we've put in," Wilson said, "but also the fact that if you really have a dream and you really believe in something, believe in yourself and what you stand for, it can go a long way."
The 25-year-old Wilson threw for 3,357 yards (63.1 percent completion rate) with 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions. However, he was sacked 44 times this season and finished with 539 yards rushing.
The Broncos have faced mobile quarterbacks this season and are 4-0 in games against Oakland's Terrelle Pryor, Washington's Robert Griffin III and Michael Vick of Philadelphia.
"He can scramble, he can throw, he can get out of the pocket and make his line looks good, set up blocks and stuff," Broncos defense end Malik Jackson said of Wilson. "He's a good game-manager, so I think we've got to go in there ready, try to keep him in the pocket, and just harass him. Luckily, we've kind of got some experience like that with some running quarterbacks where we've got to go back and look at what we did with them, so hopefully that'll help us with this guy."
Wilson's athleticism is evident. He was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the fourth round of the 2010 MLB draft while he was at North Carolina State (before he transferred to Wisconsin). He played 93 games in the Rockies' minor-league system in two summers, but in January 2012 told the Rockies he was going to play pro football.
Wilson was taken in the third round of the 2012 NFL draft, and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Wilson has remained the same since getting to Seattle. He was named the league's rookie of the year when he tied the rookie record of 26 touchdown passes (held by Peyton Manning).
"We've never seen anything from Russell that wasn't a consistent, direction, support, mindset, character, work habits," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. "He's never changed at all. Nothing's ever changed. The way we deal with him has been very consistent because he's been so rock solid consistent. He's ready for this opportunity."
Wilson has been to a Super Bowl, but from the stands not the sidelines. He went to New Orleans to see the Baltimore beat San Francisco.
"The biggest thing I learned from last year's Super Bowl experience in terms of going to go watch is the time it takes for pregame. It's different than normal," Wilson said. "The time that it takes for halftime is different from normal. Normally halftime is 15 minutes. For the Super Bowl, it's 45 minutes because of Bruno Mars performing and everybody performing and having a good time. You have to understand that you can't get too high, you can't get too low, you have to be calm and patient and have a plan, a routine, that you can go through."
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