Throughout his two decades in the league, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady hasn’t shown any decline in his passion for the game. It’s what has driven him to continue to potentially play well into his 40s with him further staving off retirement. It has also had an impact on several other star quarterbacks in the league, hoping to extend their respective careers further. Among those is Seattle Seahawks‘ Russell Wilson, who is aspiring to do one similar thing with his NFL career that Brady has been able to achieve.
Russell Wilson’s stellar start to NFL career
Since entering the league, Wilson has made an immediate impact on the Seahawks, making them one of the top teams in the league during the duration of his career.
He has continued his ascent to one of the NFL’s top quarterbacks behind his strong, increasingly improved play along with being one of the best leaders at the position. Wilson has been the definition of stability at the position as he’s the only quarterback in NFL history to guide his team to eight straight winning seasons to begin their career.
He has proven pedigree for success while continuing to be a game-changing factor with his play leading the franchise to seven playoff appearances and two Super Bowl berth, including one win on that stage. Wilson has also set numerous NFL and Seahawks all-time records along the way behind that success on the field.
All of that has only further fueled Wilson to follow Brady’s footsteps in one significant regard with his NFL career.
Russell Wilson’s lofty career goal
Wilson has established himself as one of the league’s best quarterbacks behind his continued high level of play.
The 31-year-old has been the cornerstone of the franchise in Seattle for the last several years, which is something that it doesn’t appear he will be stepping away from any time soon as he voiced on his birthday last week that he wants to play until age 45, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.
“I’ve always wanted to go for 45,” Wilson told reporters. “That’s kind of just longevity playing. I think, for me, every year is you’re invested to your body. You’re invested into your mind, your soul, everything else. The game. As you go, you get even stronger and you get even better, I feel like. Even more wisdom. I think that helps a lot.”
Wilson also noted that he feels great physically in his eighth season in the league, which is something that he will continue to monitor his health closely. By that same token, he also voiced that Brady still playing in his 20th season has undoubtedly helped him feel like that goal is realistic.
Wilson has strong aspirations to accomplish that goal, which could provide more fuel for the fire in him, reaching that stage of his NFL career.
Will Russell Wilson reach that goal?
Through his first eight years in the league, Wilson has not only played at an extremely high level, but he has been one of the most durable players in the league.
Wilson has played and started all 123 regular-season games up through this point in his career. Although he has utilized his ability run in his game, he has been one of the most methodical, scrambling quarterbacks that the league has seen.
He has also put into place a strict diet and workout regime that has helped him maintain his health throughout his career. Wilson has a nine-meal daily diet that ranges around 4,800 calories a day that has cut out all gluten, dairy, and any junk food. He has a similar approach to his decisions off the field in that regard that Brady has maintained over the last decade.
The deciding factor will ultimately come down to Wilson’s play on the field, but it’s clear that he has everything else in place to give him a chance to reach that lofty career goal.