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Russell Wilson tweet about 49ers says it all

Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson knows better than just about anyone how tough the San Francisco 49ers are.

Wilson’s Seattle Seahawks played the Niners twice during the regular season since they’re NFC West rivals. The teams split the two games, and Wilson had a rough go of it against San Francisco in both games.

While watching the Niners defense force Patrick Mahomes to struggle in the Super Bowl on Sunday, Wilson sent an appropriate tweet.

Yes, that 49ers defense sure is for real. They got constant pressure on Patrick Mahomes and sacked him three times to that point in the game. Their defensive front just doesn’t allow you much.

Russell Wilson wears Kobe Bryant jersey during Super Bowl pregame coverage

Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson was among those who paid tribute to Kobe Bryant at Super Bowl LIV on Sunday.

Wilson appeared as a guest on ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown” leading up to the big game, and he showed up wearing a No. 8 Bryant jersey.

Wilson was also one of several athletes who spoke with ESPN for a feature piece about Bryant’s career.

“There’s only a few people in the world in sports that impact and influence the game the way that Kobe has,” Wilson said. “Despite him being gone, he hasn’t left us.”

Multiple Los Angeles Lakers players have gotten tattoos to honor Kobe, and we have seen countless other tributes in the week since Bryant, his 13-year-old Gianna daughter, and seven others died in a helicopter crash. When you see an NFL quarterback wearing Kobe’s jersey during the Super Bowl pregame show, it gives you an idea of just how widespread Kobe’s impact was.

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Tributes to Kobe:
Vanessa Bryant posts first Instagram message since death of Kobe, Gianna
NBA players changing jersey numbers in honor of Kobe Bryant
Clippers leave Kobe Bryant’s retired Lakers jerseys uncovered at Staples Center
Bill Belichick shares touching anecdote in tribute to Kobe Bryant
UConn honors Gianna Bryant with own jersey, spot on the bench
Jeanie Buss shares emotional tribute to Kobe, Gianna Bryant on Instagram
Kobe Bryant could have street named after him near Staples Center
Video: Shaq gets emotional talking about Kobe Bryant on TNT
Shareef O’Neal shares most important advice Kobe Bryant gave him
LeBron James had inspirational message for Lakers during meeting about Kobe
Video: See LeBron’s tribute speech to Kobe before Lakers game
Richard Sherman arrived to Super Bowl wearing Kobe Bryant shirt
Russell Wilson wears Kobe Bryant jersey during Super Bowl pregame coverage
Dallas Mavericks retire Kobe Bryant’s No. 24 jersey
Video: Raptors, Spurs start game with amazing tribute to Kobe Bryant
Shaq posts heartfelt tribute to Kobe Bryant
Michael Jordan releases statement on death of ‘little brother’ Kobe Bryant
Video: Doc Rivers breaks down crying talking about Kobe Bryant
Phil Jackson calls Kobe Bryant ‘a chosen one’ in statement on his death
NBA commissioner Adam Silver issues statement on death of Kobe Bryant
Video: Dwyane Wade posts emotional message reacting to Kobe Bryant’s death
Kendrick Perkins extends olive branch to Kevin Durant after Kobe Bryant’s death
Gilbert Arenas vows to begin coaching career like Kobe Bryant urged him to
Video: Emotional Mike Breen sums up NBA world’s emotions about Kobe Bryant’s death
Damian Lillard puts Kobe Bryant into context with great quote
Chiefs, 49ers honor Kobe Bryant by lining up at 24-yard line before Super Bowl
Trae Young’s huge game was full of Kobe Bryant-related statistical coincidences

More coverage:
Video: Kobe Bryant helicopter audio released
Investigators release chilling drone footage from Kobe Bryant helicopter crash site
Media errors, rumors, poor judgment run rampant in reporting of Kobe Bryant news
TMZ says they had permission from Kobe’s people to report Bryant had died
NBA postpones Tuesday’s Lakers-Clippers game after Kobe Bryant’s death
Shaq says he had not spoken to Kobe Bryant in nearly four years
Kobe Bryant recently filed for ‘Mambacita’ trademark for daughter Gianna
Kobe Bryant checked in on Shaq’s son Shareef morning of helicopter crash
No, Rick Fox did not die in helicopter crash that killed Kobe, Gianna Bryant
Lakers fans start memorial to Kobe Bryant outside Staples Center
Kobe Bryant’s last tweet was congratulating LeBron James on passing him
Sports world stunned over Kobe Bryant news
Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash – dead at 41

Other victims of the helicopter crash:
John Altobelli, junior college baseball coach, also died in helicopter crash
Christina Mauser, girls’ basketball coach, among the helicopter crash victims
Sarah Chester, daughter Payton were also killed in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash
Ara Zobayan was the pilot in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash

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Russell Wilson reportedly giving up Pro Bowl start to Drew Brees

Drew Brees

Russell Wilson is doing a pretty cool thing for Drew Brees in what could be the New Orleans Saints quarterback’s final Pro Bowl.

According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Wilson had been selected as the NFC’s starting quarterback in Sunday’s Pro Bowl, but is giving up the start in favor of Brees.

Brees is now 41 and might not be back here again. He has openly admitted that he’s considering retirement and will have a decision by the start of free agency. Wilson will certainly be aware of this, and while a Pro Bowl start is far from the biggest honor for a professional football player, it is a nice gesture all the same. It’s one that Brees will likely appreciate, whether it turns out to be the end for him or not.

Russell Wilson upset about drug test day after season ends

Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson was drug tested on Monday, and he felt like that was a kick while he was down.

The Seattle Seahawks lost 28-23 to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night to end their season. Players went in to the team’s facility on Monday to clean out their lockers. As if that weren’t a tough enough way to go through the day, Wilson was also drug tested by the league.

Maybe they thought his second-half performance against Green Bay was so good that they had to take a closer look at him.

Most players find drug tests to be annoying and complain about the timing of them. We even saw Richard Sherman mention it over the weekend.

At least we know the league is making a consistent effort to take care of the matter.

10 biggest disappointments of NFL Week 14

We’re in the final quarter of the NFL season, and Sunday’s games did not disappoint. The highlight was an unexpected shootout in New Orleans, but there was a lot to watch across the league, and a lot of standout performances.

There were also some underwhelming performances. Here is a list of those who fell short in Week 14 — some unexpectedly, some at a very bad time.

Referees in the Patriots-Chiefs game

The performance of the referees in Sunday’s game in Foxboro was nothing short of baffling. The clearest issue was an officiating crew costing the Patriots two touchdowns with missed calls. One came on a blown whistle to stop what would have been a defensive score, which has been a repeat problem this season. It’s disappointing seeing this continue to happen this late into the season, and the errors are consequential, too, though some would say it’s karma for the Pats.

Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks

Wilson has been putting together an MVP-caliber season for the Seahawks this year, but he fell short of that standard on Sunday night. For the first time this season, Wilson failed to throw a touchdown in a game. He was 22/36 for 245 yards and an interception in the 28-12 loss to the Rams. Wilson was sacked five times in the game. Seattle failed to keep pace with the 49ers in the NFC West and is now a wild card team.

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Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman swap jerseys despite supposed rift

The Seattle Seahawks exchanged blows with the San Francisco 49ers before winning 27-24 in overtime Monday night, and then two of the respective teams’ stars exchanged jerseys afterwards.

The contest went back-and-forth multiple times and included a tying field goal by San Francisco to send the game to overtime, and a missed one in the extra period. In the end, Seattle prevailed, which must have been difficult for Richard Sherman.

Sherman spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Seahawks before leaving to sign with the 49ers in what felt like a very personal move aimed at revenge. Before the 2017 season — Sherman’s final with the Seahawks — a report said there was a rift between the Pro Bowl cornerback and Russell Wilson. Sherman reportedly took the team’s Super Bowl loss to the Patriots harder than most and reportedly blamed Pete Carroll and Wilson for the team not having won more championships. Sherman supposedly held resentment towards Wilson.

Despite whatever issues Sherman may have had with Wilson, they appear to share mutual respect for each other. After Monday night’s game, they swapped jerseys with each other, which is a tradition in which many top players partake after games. The exchange is often prearranged by players.

The two must be on a good basis to have traded jerseys.

Wilson spoke positively about Sherman in a postgame interview.

“He’s been a great teammate … he’s a Hall of Fame player. Just to be able to play against him today was an honor obviously. He’s tremendous. We’ve had a lot of battles together,” Wilson told ESPN’s Lisa Salters.

If Sherman did have beef with Wilson or lingering hard feelings, he’s either moved past them, or brushed them aside. Seeing them trade was very cool for sports fans.

Russell Wilson hilariously credited Geno Smith for helping secure OT victory

Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson added to his MVP case with another brilliant performance in a 40-34 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, but after the game, he gave some credit for the victory to an unlikely teammate.

The Seattle Seahawks quarterback, who threw for 378 yards and a season-high five touchdowns, including a walkoff winner in overtime, shouted out backup Geno Smith, who was on the field for the coin toss to kick off the extra period.

“Geno was the man of the night for winning the coin toss,” said Wilson, per Brady Henderson of ESPN. “We felt great about it and felt like we could find a way to win the game, and guys just made some clutch plays.”

Winning the coin toss allowed Seattle to get the ball first in OT and end the game with a touchdown, here a ten-yard strike from Wilson to Jacob Hollister.

Smith, meanwhile, has not appeared in a single game for the Seahawks since signing with them in May, but this still has to be his finest moment in years.