RENTON – Every year, hundreds of aspiring young quarterbacks enroll at the Manning Passing Academy to learn about the position from some of the very best.
Peyton Manning. Eli Manning. Archie Manning.
About a decade ago, one of those quarterbacks was Russell Wilson, a wide-eyed 10th grader at a Virginia prep school who just happened to be in the select group that worked with Peyton, then a star with the Indianapolis Colts.
Fast forward to Wednesday, as Wilson and the Seahawks prepare to face Manning and the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, and the admiration is much the same.
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“I liked him so much back then and still do, just the way he plays the game,” Wilson said. “He’s just such a tremendous individual. He has great attention to detail, great leadership. He’s won a lot of games, so we’re going to have to play our best football game.”
Wilson, recalling his teenage experience with Manning, remembered “how much of a perfectionist he was.” It should be no surprise, then, that the preparation habits stuck.
“I have a long ways to go, obviously,” Wilson said, “but I just try to use all the little things. That’s what he does. He takes tons of notes. He does all the right things, and he puts his team in the position to win football games.
“I try to emulate a lot of the things he does in terms of the knowledge that he has for the game. Obviously he can make all the throws and all that, but his knowledge separates him from everyone else. That’s what I’m trying to work to one day.”
Shared time at the passing academy stuck with Manning, as well — at least vaguely. Before the 2012 NFL draft, the Broncos invited Wilson to Denver, where he met Manning again in the locker room.
“Have I seen you before somewhere?” Manning asked. “I think I’ve seen you. … Where do I know you?”
Wilson was happy to explain then, but he surely won’t have to anymore.
Harvin returns to practice
Receiver Percy Harvin practiced Wednesday as a full participant and looked “fine” in his return from a concussion, according to offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.
Harvin had missed the NFC Championship Game due to the injury suffered in the divisional round. Coach Pete Carroll had said Monday there was a good chance that Harvin, who played just one regular-season game due to a hip injury, would be back Wednesday.
Not a bad addition ahead of the Super Bowl.
“It’s pretty cool for him,” Bevell said of Harvin. “He’s worked really hard, and he’s just had some unfortunate things happen to him this year. Everybody on the team, all the coaches, it’s obvious when he’s on the field the impact he can have on a game. We want to give him every opportunity, and I’m sure he wants it, as well.”
Running back Marshawn Lynch (knee), receiver Doug Baldwin (hip) and defensive tackle Brandon Mebane (ankle) did not practice, as Carroll indicated might be the case as they manage injuries during the off week.
Lane reacts to sideline hit
Cornerback Jeremy Lane said Wednesday he is still waiting to hear from the NFL about an incident in Sunday’s game against the 49ers in which he was hit by a non-player on the San Francisco sideline while running down to cover a punt.
Lane said he wasn’t really aware he had been hit until he watched film of the play.
“I thought I had seen the guy trying to move out of the way and then all of a sudden I saw an arm, like an elbow hitting me in the neck and above,’’ he said. “And I was like ‘dang.’ I didn’t really know how to react because I didn’t know if it was on purpose or not. So I was like, ‘When I get back after the game I’m going to watch the tape and really see what happened.’ And when I watched tape, I can clearly see the dude did it on purpose.’’
Lane said he didn’t know exactly who it was who hit him but did say he knew it was a non-player.
He said he had talked to the NFL and that “they are doing an investigation.’’
• Manning has been known to say the word “Omaha” before snaps this season, a tidbit that has become wildly popular around the league the past few weeks. Asked jokingly if the Seahawks can break that code, cornerback Richard Sherman said: “I feel like there is no ‘Omaha’ code. I feel like he might just be throwing that out there.
“He throws it out there so much that it has to be talking to one player or something crazy like that. I don’t know if we’ll ever be able to break the ‘Omaha’ code because we don’t get sound bites in the film. If we did, I would try my best, I’ll tell you that.”
• Wilson, known for his diligent preparation, was asked if he allowed himself any time to enjoy Sunday’s win. “I took some time to celebrate on Sunday night,” he said with a smile. “Went to dinner, went to the Metropolitan Grill and did that, and just had a good time listening to some Frank Sinatra.” No doubt “New York, New York” was played.
Joshua Mayers: 206-464-3184 or firstname.lastname@example.org. On Twitter @joshuamayers. Staff reporter Bob Condotta contributed to this article.