Russell Wilson nostalgic ahead of Broncos-Seahawks opener: 'I'll forever have love in my heart for Seattle' – NFL.com

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Perhaps you’ve heard Russell Wilson returns to Seattle, the place he called home for a decade, Monday night when the Denver Broncos face the Seahawks.
Speaking to the media Thursday, the Pro Bowl quarterback predictably spun positive when asked if fans might consider him a villain following his offseason trade.
“I think, first of all, my experience in Seattle was one of a kind,” Wilson said. “Ten years, I couldn’t imagine those years not being in my life and how special they were and how many games we won and how many amazing thrillers and the Super Bowl we won and everything else. I’m going to think about all those memories and everything else and the joy of that and the gratitude of that. Then also we’ve got a football game to play, so I’m excited to just get out there and play again. I love this game. I’m passionate about it. I’ve got a lot of great teammates, there’s a lot of guys I’m super close with on the other side, so it’ll be a great battle.”
With Wilson under center, the Seahawks won 104 regular-season games and nine playoff games (both second-most by any QB behind Tom Brady from 2012-2021).
On Monday night, Wilson will join Brady, Peyton Manning, Brett Favre and Joe Montana as the only QBs to win 100-plus games with a team and later face that same team.
A report surfaced this week suggesting a tumultuous ending to Wilson’s time in Seattle, but the quarterback dismissed it Thursday.
“I don’t worry about all that stuff,” Wilson said. “I know how the whole thing went and how it transpired and just the whole situation, but also, at the same too, I know that every second I’ve enjoyed in terms of being there and just trying to give it my all every day.
“I gave my all. That’s all I could give.”
Now donning a new jersey for the first time in his professional career, Wilson said he “gave his heart and soul every day” as a member of the Seahawks.
“I think at the end of the day, hopefully after 10 years of trying to make a difference there and winning a lot of football games and all of us doing it together, I think that was really special,” Wilson said. “I think also too Seattle will always mean the world to me, it’ll always forever be home for me, it’ll always be a special place in my heart obviously. … I’ll forever have love in my heart for Seattle.”
Wilson’s new Broncos teammate Melvin Gordon might have summed up the crowd’s expected reaction best:
“I hope they cheer him,” Gordon said. “But they might be booin’ him because he might light it up.”
Jalen Ramsey offered the bluntest assessment of the Rams’ 31-10 loss to the Bills to open the 2022 NFL campaign. “We got our ass beat, straight-up,” Ramsey said, via Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic.
Facing a third-and-7 on their opening drive of the game, Bills quarterback Josh Allen scrambled toward the sideline and stiff-armed Rams safety Nick Scott to get the first down.
The Los Angeles Rams were left crestfallen by the Buffalo Bills on Thursday night, losing 31-10, as the 2022 Super Bowl favorites made a statement at the expense of the 2021 Super Bowl winners.
Behind the brilliance in Josh Allen’s arm and legs, along with a dominant Von Miller-led pass rush, the Bills kicked off the 2022 season with a statement in their victory over the reigning Super Bowl champion Rams.
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Center Erik McCoy has agreed to a five-year contract extension worth up to $63.75 million and includes more than $40 million in guarantees, NFL Network Insider Mike Garafolo reported.
San Francisco tight end George Kittle has missed two straight days of practice with a groin injury, putting his availability for Sunday’s opener in more doubt.
Christian McCaffrey was added to the Carolina Panthers’ report Thursday with a shin injury but was a full participant in practice.
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The Los Angeles Rams on Thursday announced general manager Les Snead and head coach Sean McVay have signed contract extensions that will keep them with the club through the 2026 season.
With the Packers looking to claim their fourth straight division title, Aaron Rodgers comments on how his NFC North rivals have consistently come up short during his career.
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