SBN's Amy K. Nelson sitting down with Russell Wilson at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere. (Via Joel Thorman's cell phone, I think)
The NFLPA Rookie Premiere is taking place down in LA this weekend and the Seahawks are represented by Russell Wilson and Robert Turbin. SB Nation is down there covering the event so I'll be updating this story throughout the day with quotes and videos of the action.
Our own Joel Thorman caught up with both Robert and Russell, and passed along some snippets of their conversations...
First up, RB Robert Turbin:
On the Rookie Premiere: "My hands are cramping a little bit because I've been signing my name a lot. It's fun. Get an opportunity to meet new people, new sponsors, the trading card companies and they want your autograph."
Reaction to getting drafted by Seahawks: "I was...wow, really. It was crazy how the draft works, because the only time I talked to Seattle was at the Combine. We had a 15-minute conversation and that's it, and since then there was no contact, my agent hadn't talked to them, I hadn't talked to them. If you had asked me if I would be drafted by the Seahawks, I would've said 'no chance.'"
On loving to fish: "Our practice facility is right by the water. You see people fishing all the time."
On Pete Carroll: "He loves to compete. He's a great coach. He's going to help this team win football games, in my opinion. He's all about competition. Everything we do is a competition."
1st minicamp in Seattle: "I never ran so much during a football practice before. Everything was non-stop moving."
How do you describe yourself: "I think of myself, it's weird and may not make sense, I think of myself as a thinker and a dreamer. I'm always thinking of something and dreaming of my next move."
What's his current dream: "Get out of here and go to Seattle so I can learn my offense. I'm just kidding."
Second up, Russell Wilson:
First reaction to getting drafted by Seattle: "There's no way. Because I saw the 425 number and of all the places I could go, Seattle was one of the places I wanted to go to. When I was training before the draft, my wife and I put all of the team names into a hat for fun and I pulled out the Seahawks."
On Seattle: "The emerald city. It's beautiful. I haven't really been downtown yet, doing practices. But I'm staying not too far away. It's a great place, tremendous fans and I know the 12th man will be roaring this season."
On not playing baseball: "I was drafted in the 4th round by the Rockies in 2010. The next day my dad passed away. It was one of those situations, I wondered if it was the right thing for me to do. I played for a month in Washington and I went back to NC State and had a great season. I had to figure out if I wanted to play baseball my entire life. I committed my time to it, went to spring training and realized that it's just not what I wanted to do with my life. There's nothing better than playing quarterback, the attention to detail, the competition and leading your team up the field with two minutes left with 75,000 people cheering for or against me."