ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Denver Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett admits he was initially worried when he saw Russell Wilson hosing off to one place after another seemingly every weekend.
There’s the team’s new quarterback on the red carpet in Times Square for the SI Swimsuit Edition launch party with his singer/model wife Ciara on the cover. There they are at the annual White House Easter Egg Hunt. Or to visit the Cannes Film Festival one day and the Monaco Grand Prix on another while on holiday in France.
Last weekend, Wilson delivered the commencement address at Dartmouth College, and after the team’s mandatory minicamp concludes this week, he will cheer on the Colorado Avalanche in the Stanley Cup Finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Ball Arena.
“It’s funny. I think when it started you were like, ‘Whoa! Are you going to be able to pick up all this stuff? Are we going to be able to control offense the way we want it?'” , Hackett said Monday after the first day of the team’s mandatory mini-camp.”But he does such a great job of surrounding himself with great people who help him do all those things and still just focus on football can.”
Now, Hackett actually marvels at Wilson’s ability to make a globetrotter without missing a shot when it comes to the offense the Broncos are installing.
“I mean, he works non-stop,” Hackett said. “When he’s on a plane, he’s watching a movie, he’s studying, he’s calling people, he’s calling me.
“And you appreciate that. You know what, everyone’s a pro. Everyone does it differently. Some people are here and they might not even work as hard as he does when he leaves.”
Wilson said football doesn’t suffer from his busy schedule because “football is the #1 priority”.
“You’re doing everything you can to spend extra time getting in early, leaving late and getting all that stuff done. One of the things I believe in is that you put your whole self into it and no matter where my feet are, I’m going to give everything I have,” Wilson said. “So when I’m here – even when I’m not here – the coaches and I talk all the time. Player, we talk all the time.”
Additionally, Wilson said he’s never been one to take it easy.
“I’ve always been busy, you know? Everyone is always shocked at how busy I am. I say, ‘You think this place is busy? I took 18 credits every semester in college, I played two sports, played soccer and baseball,” Wilson said.
Back on campus in Raleigh, North Carolina, or Madison, Wisconsin, these have been some busy times, Wilson pointed out.
“I went to the football lift in the morning, went to class, then to baseball, played until 11 p.m. at night. Then I did my homework,” Wilson said. “That was busy. That was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Being able to do happy things, you know, being able to speak in Dartmouth, of course supporting Ciara, my wife, and then also doing things with other guys, everything else, hanging out whenever we can, that means a lot.
“You know, one thing I’ve always believed in is that it’s a lifestyle,” Wilson said. “You know, you have to focus your whole being and thought process on winning, on being successful. And with that come big, big opportunities. But there are also big challenges and how do you master these challenges? What do you think?”
Wilson said he spent time with the new Walton-Penner ownership group and he commended minority shareholder Mellody Hobson, Starbucks chairwoman, who has agreed to join the group, which led the bid for the $4.65 billion team. won dollars.
Hobson, who is Black, is married to Star Wars creator George Lucas.
Hackett is a well-known Star Wars fan.
“Very excited about Starbucks and Star Wars,” Hackett said. “And Walmart.”
TYRIE CLEVELAND INJURED
Practice ended a few seconds early when third-year WR Tyrie Cleveland suffered what appeared to be a serious injury to his right knee while trying to catch a touchdown pass.
Cleveland’s right cleat got stuck in the grass during the game and the team’s medical team examined his right knee and shin before putting him on a cart and bringing him inside. As he sat on the car, teammates patted him on the back.
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