Seattle's star quarterback is one of five NFL players featured on regional covers of Sports Illustrated's new NFL preview issue.
It’s been a whole week since Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has graced the cover of a major magazine. Last week it was Rolling Stone; this week it’s Sports Illustrated.
Well, a regional Sports Illustrated cover, at least. Wilson is one of five NFL stars featured on regional covers of the magazine’s NFL preview issue released Tuesday.
The cover story, written by Greg Bishop, tells the story of Wilson inviting his teammates — about 30 Seahawks joined — to Hawaii this summer for a team-building retreat, and how the Hawks are getting past their heartbreaking loss in Super Bowl XLIX. Here’s an excerpt:
It was time for what several Seahawks now call a “come to Jesus” meeting, a players-only conference where brutal honesty was expected and everything — including the decisions that led to a crushing defeat in the final seconds of Super Bowl XLIX — was up for discussion. Their quarterback, Russell Wilson, stood before them. He had organized this trip, invited the defense and secured a private plane for 85 passengers. And he had saved one final surprise until the end. “I brought you guys out here, away from everybody,” Wilson said. “I want to have a heart-to-heart.”
After the way the Super Bowl ended — with 26 seconds left and Seattle one yard away from a go-ahead TD, Patriots corner Malcolm Butler intercepted a pass that Wilson intended for wideout Ricardo Lockette — the Seahawks needed to confront the tension that remained throughout the spring, conflict that was both unmistakable and, until that point, unspoken. “Whatever was lingering from that game,” says Wagner, “people got it off their chest.”
You can read the entire article on SI.com. Wilson’s cover, shown above, is being distributed in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, California, Hawaii and Alaska. The four other players featured on regional covers are the Houston Texans’ J.J. Watt, New York Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr., Chicago Bears’ Matt Forte and Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Lavonte David.