Wilson shrugs off boos from Seahawks crowd: ‘It’s a hostile environment’

Posted: 13/09/2022 in NFL
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Russell Wilson is the winningest quarterback in Seattle Seahawks history, owns every major franchise passing record, and he led the team to its lone Super Bowl win.

But none of that mattered to the Seahawks crowd Monday night. Wilson, now a member of the Denver Broncos after a blockbuster offseason trade, was welcomed back by his former fans with a chorus of boos as he exited the tunnel and when he took the field for the first time.

“It didn’t bother me. You know, it’s a hostile environment, it always has been, I didn’t expect them to give a round of applause every once in a while,” Wilson said, according to NFL.com’s Coral Smith.

Wilson’s return to Seattle was spoiled as his former backup, Geno Smith, stole the starring role in a 17-16 win for the NFC West club. Starting in Week 1 for the first time in eight seasons, Smith had a strong first half before finishing 23 of 28 with 195 yards and two touchdowns.

While Wilson got hot in the second half and finished the game with 340 yards and one touchdown, he wasn’t given the chance to complete a comeback drive against his former team.

Trailing by one and facing a fourth-and-4, Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett decided to allow kicker Brandon McManus to attempt a 64-yard field goal with 20 seconds left instead of putting the ball in the hands of his $245-million quarterback.

Wilson defended Hackett’s call after the loss.

“We got the best field-goal kicker maybe in the game,” Wilson said, according to ESPN’s Jeff Legwold.

He continued: “We got there and, unfortunately, it didn’t go in. … I believe in coach Hackett, I believe in what we’re doing, I believe in everything.”

Wilson added: “I don’t think it was the wrong decision.”

Wilson will look to get his first win with the Broncos at home against the Houston Texans on Sunday. Meanwhile, the Seahawks will travel to face the San Francisco 49ers for their first divisional game of the year.

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