John Schneider was on the phone with owner Paul Allen in April 2012, just after the Seahawks in the third round of the NFL draft selected Russell Wilson, a highly successful but vertically challenged college quarterback.
"So you took the little guy, huh?" Schneider recalled Allen saying.
"‘Yeah, I did. I did, Paul. We did. We did. Uh, yeah."
Allen hung up. Schneider handed the phone to coach Pete Carroll.