BY Art Thiel 05:22PM 08/27/2015

Thiel: Wilson’s star whirlwind OK with Carroll

Now that he’s made the cover of Rolling Stone, the Seahawks QB is on the A Train to American pop-culture sainthood. He’s probably made “Recovery Water” the coolest product since the TV remote control.

Russell Wilson makes the pop-culture big time.

Until he starts throwing footballs in real games, Seahawks QB Russell Wilson will continue to be a headline magnet for his off-field adventures. As he becomes a national pop star, Wilson goes from movie cameo to TV talk show to evangelist to contract showdown to hottie girlfriend to White House guest to product pitchman, apparently oblivious to his own overwhelming ubiquity.

He’s about one skit as Head Wound Harry on Saturday Night Live from being certified as  the Most Overexposed Sports Figure Who Isn’t Charles Barkley. Not that claiming the title would trouble him.

“I’m never worried about that,” he said Thursday after practice, when asked whether too much is enough. “I just take one day at a time, try to be organized, try to be really zoned in. You’ve got to have your priorities straight. You make the main thing, the main thing. First of all, it’s my faith, and then my family, and then football. And all the rest comes with it, which is great. That’s not a bad thing.

“I’ve always been better busy. I like more on my plate.”

The most recent entree on his plate is the cover story in Rolling Stone magazine, “The Chosen One.” The story by a writer granted extensive access covers a lot of ground familiar for Seahawks fans. New is a mention that Wilson is an investor in a tonic made in Tacoma called “Reliant Recovery Water.”

Wilson claimed in the story the elixir’s “nanobubbles” help with recovery from fatigue and injuries, including a concussion when he was hit hard in the NFC Championship during a return of one of his four interceptions.

The concussion was news, since it was not reported at the time, nor did he go through a concussion protocol. And if this product helps with concussions, the NFL figures to buy it by the freighter.

Instead, Wilson offered up a correction.

“I didn’t have a concussion,” he said. “I guess it was perceived wrong, but I did not have a concussion. I was saying that I had consistently been drinking the water for about a month, month and a half, five to seven times a day, and maybe this stuff is helping me out.”

The invalidation of the $3-a-bottle potion’s curative properties for head injuries, as well as the concussion itself, calls into some question the veracity of the story, as well as the product. But as always with Wilson, he believes in it, so it must be true.

“It’s one of those things that I truly do believe it helps with recovery,” he said. “It’s one of those things that the science behind it . . . all that help that they’re trying to do. I’ve been down to the laboratory in Tacoma. It’s pretty amazing to see everything that’s going into it. It’s going to be a special company, I really believe in that.”

Asked how he became aware of the product, he said, “I met the whole crew — not the whole crew — but I met some of the crew here in Seattle. They came to a game obviously, and it’s been great ever since.

“I started drinking the water about a month before the playoffs, consistently drinking it, five, seven times a day. They were telling me that it’s great for recovery. I’ve loved it ever since. I’ve got tons of cases in my house. There are other guys on the team that drink it for sure. I know Kam Chancellor drinks it.  So it’s been a good thing.”

Chancellor would have been asked but . . . well, that’s another story.

Another intriguing thing from the story was that Wilson’s late father, Harrison, long cited by Wilson as his hero and guiding light, was so persuaded by his son’s potential for success that he began tutorials in the Nuke Laloosh School of Saying Nothing A Lot at a young age. From the story:

He began coaching Russell through fake press conferences when the boy was seven. The end result is Wilson is often snarked at for never saying the wrong thing and always being on message. That’s Harrison’s work.

No wonder Wilson is so good at saying nothing. He’s years ahead of most reporters. My only good question at seven was, “Are we there yet?”

Wilson’s programmed behavior and the many programs he’s part of seem of little concern to coach Pete Carroll.

“We do talk a lot,” he said. “Just staying in connection with all that he’s going through. It’s a lot. He has tremendous responsibility and he handles it beautifully. We try to just stay on topic. I don’t want him to be too far away from all of the things that we communicate on that keeps us close to football. He doesn’t let that happen

“I think it’s not too big for him . . . Certainly playing football isn’t.”

If Wilson’s calendar and manner seem a little bewildering to you, don’t feel you’re alone. Wilson’s brother, Harry, was interviewed for the story and said this:

“You could tell (Wilson) the sky is blue and he would be like, ‘No, man, the sky is green.’ He’s probably the most confident person I’ve ever known — and a tough guy to figure out.”

As long as he thinks “nanobubbles” help him, and continues to win NFC Championships despite four interceptions and a walloped head, the only people who have to worry about figuring him out are defensive coordinators.


YourThoughts

  • Will

    Yeah, being a jock is so preparatory for critical analysis and understanding science as a process. Glad he didn’t become infatuated with aluminum siding.

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  • ReebHerb

    It’s time for agent Mark Rogers to step in and hire someone like Golden Tate to give Russell a reality check.

  • Bayview Herb

    Is this recovery water the next snake oil?

  • Will

    Based on what Russell has said and then re-stated… It does seem the nano bubbles have had an effect on his brain.

  • Jamo57

    As a former resident of the City of Destiny, I guess “Recovery Water” is a pronounced upgrade from the “Tacoma Aroma.”

    • whoKarez

      I used to correct my Seattle friends whenever they mentioned the Tacoma aroma with the strife of Fife.

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      I lived in Tacoma for over 20 years, and I used to smell the aroma, but it hasn’t been here for years

  • Matt712

    News flash: hydration from drinking good quality water is good for recovery. Glad Russ has made that important discovery this early in his career. Poor Peyton Manning’s been trying to do it with pizza and by the end of the season he doesn’t look too good.

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  • whoKarez

    I would think by now that people would stop underestimating RW. I aint sayin’ a word til I try the water myself.

  • jafabian

    Past couple seasons has been a bit of a change of course from the humble, conservative Russell Wilson that everyone is used to. But he’s older, now single and getting a lot thrown at him that a college education won’t prepare him for. Circumstances are different. The whole Recovery Water issue was odd though. Came across as more of a pitch when in the past he’d attribute his recovery to his faith. But Pete Carroll overall has been successful at keeping his players on the straight and narrow. There’s been a few bad eggs but being a Seahawk means something now and Wilson recognizes that.

    • Dave Erhardt

      I still think Russell comes off as a humble man, hope all this success doesn’t go to his head. But with his upbringing, it doesn’t seem likely.

  • SeaRaays

    Give him a break. The guy needs money.

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    He’s 27-years old. He’s making hay while the sun shines, and he’s winning football games faster than any quarterback in history. I’m on his side.