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Russell Wilson wants to be the 'best quarterback who ever played the game'

Modesty is for chumps.

Russell Wilson is riding high, having won a Super Bowl in dominating fashion against one of the NFL's greatest quarterbacks. So you can understand why he might be looking to the skies, and above them, for his future goals.

In Texas on Wednesday to throw out the first pitch at a Rangers game, Wilson was asked where his ceiling might be. His response was direct, and perfect:

"Why can't I be the best quarterback to ever play the game one day?' Wilson said. "I'm not right now. I've got a long way to go. But one day, you know?"

That's the kind of me-first response that sends a certain breed of sports fan/sportswriter into fits of rage. What an ego! What a jerk! How dare he assume he's worthy to carry the jock of Johnny Unitas or Tom Brady!

Nah. This is the kind of response Wilson should have made. It's the kind of arrogance backed by talent that we're seeing more of these days. Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals is a hell of a ballplayer, and he's happy to let you know that. Golfer Patrick Reed honestly believes he's one of the five best players in the world. It ain't bragging if you've done it, as the old saying goes, and Wilson, already one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, has most certainly done it.

And, for those who take that tired no-I-in-team angle, Wilson made sure to say that he's setting the right example. You can't be a great quarterback without a great team, after all.

"I think a great leader is consistent every day," Wilson said. "That's how I try to be in terms of my work ethic on and off the field and being the first one in and the last one to leave and all those things. But it's the same every day thing. There's no time to sleep and that's what I try to tell my teammates all the time. My job in playing football is to help the other 10 guys in the huddle get better. If I can do that, if I can help facilitate the ball to the right guy at the right time, I'm doing my job."

So there you have it. Wilson is on the right path to legendary greatness. Nothing wrong with setting that as your final destination. Would you really want a quarterback who doesn't think he's headed that direction?


Jay Busbee is a contributor for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter.

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