The trade rumors surrounding quarterback Russell Wilson probably have many Seattle Seahawks fans feeling pretty uneasy. The possibility of the Seahawks actually trading Wilson seems very unlikely, but no one expected him to ever publicly voice his frustrations, either. Ordinary, non-celebrity fans aren’t the only ones hoping that the Seahawks keep Wilson, though. In fact, a celebrity fan has something to say about the situation. That fan is star actor Joel McHale.
Russell Wilson has been involved in trade rumors
This offseason didn’t get off to the greatest of starts for the Seattle Seahawks, as Russell Wilson opened up publicly about his desire to have more of a voice in personnel decisions. Wilson also revealed his frustration with the number of times he has been hit throughout his career. Wilson’s public comments reportedly didn’t leave the Seahawks too happy. This has since led to a third of NFL teams reportedly reaching out to the Seahawks to check on Wilson’s availability, per Michael Silver of NFL Network.
However, despite all of this drama, Russell Wilson has not demanded a trade, according to ESPN. Wilson has also said that he would like to continue playing in Seattle. He did, though, give the Seahawks a list of teams he would play for if they were to trade him. The list includes the Dallas Cowboys, Las Vegas Raiders, New Orleans Saints, and Chicago Bears, per ESPN.
It’s hard to imagine a world where the Seahawks would actually trade Russell Wilson. This hasn’t kept big-time fans from sending strong messages to Seattle, though.
Joel McHale sends a strong message to the Seahawks
Star actor Joel McHale — a known Seahawks fan — recently discussed the Russell Wilson situation with TMZ. He seemed pretty confident about Wilson staying in Seattle, too.
“I’m not worried,” McHale said, per TMZ Sports. “… It’s very hypothetical. I would be very sad. They need to put up statues of him for what he’s done for the city, but he’s not; I don’t think he’s leaving. He’s one of the best quarterbacks ever to play, and I think he’ll get the help he needs next year.”
With Wilson listing the Cowboys as a team he would potentially play for, many people have speculated about whether a Dak Prescott-Russell Wilson trade could take place. McHale, though, wasn’t having any of it.
“Dak Prescott’s amazing, but Russell Wilson is — he’s the king of Seattle,” McHale said.
He also had a strong message for the front office.
“Let’s keep Russell Wilson — he’s one in a billion,” McHale said. “He’s also a great guy.”
No matter what team Russell Wilson plays for in future seasons, though, he is going to ball.
Russell Wilson has proven to be 1 of the best quarterbacks in the NFL
A reason Russell Wilson is such a hot commodity is because of the great deal of success he has had in the NFL so far. Wilson has only missed the playoffs once in his career, and he has taken the Seahawks to two Super Bowls. Wilson and Seattle also won the Super Bowl in his second season in 2013.
Individually, Wilson has earned seven Pro Bowl selections, and he has led the NFL in passing touchdowns once. Wilson has also thrown for 31 touchdowns or more in five of the last six seasons, and in 2020, he threw for 4,212 yards and a career-high 40 touchdowns.
In total for Wilson’s career, he has thrown for 33,946 yards, 267 touchdowns, and only 81 interceptions.
Russell Wilson has ultimately proven that he is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. It’s pretty understandable why fans like Joel McHale don’t want to see him leave.
Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference