Russell Wilson is one of the most popular people in Seattle, and he showed us why on Monday when he lit up the stat sheet with 310 yards and three touchdowns in a blowout win over the New Orleans Saints. Earlier this week, Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett used Wilson’s popularity to get something for himself.
During an interview with 710 ESPN radio, Bennett said he called a restaurant looking to get a table and let the hostess know that he was a defensive end for the Seahawks. He was told the restaurant was “all booked up.” That’s when Bennett decided to call back and pretend to be Wilson, again asking if there were any tables available.
“And she was like, ‘Yes! We can make a table for you! You were 22-for-30 the other night, 130 quarterback rating!’” Bennett recalled the hostess saying. “She knew every stat.”
Bennett is much larger than Wilson, has a beard and really doesn’t look anything like him. When he arrived at the restaurant with his family, there was no fooling anyone.
“I got to the restaurant with my wife and kids,” Bennett said. “I said, ‘Oh, thank you. I’m Russell Wilson.’ She was like, ‘Good joke.’ I said, ‘Gotcha.’”
Bennett said he and his family got the star treatment anyway with a roped-off table and sparkling water. Of course, the fancy ropes and fizzy water were for Wilson. I’m sure Bennett didn’t mind. After all, he did return a fumble for a touchdown against the Saints. He deserved some star treatment, too.