“The key to having that winner’s mentality is being able to move on.” – Russell Wilson on handling loss in Super Bowl XLIX
STAMFORD, Conn. – Sept. 20, 2015 – For tonight’s Week 2 edition of NBC’s Football Night In America, the most-watched studio show in sports, Bob Costas interviews Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, and FNIA reviews last year’s thrilling NFC Championship Game between the Packers and Seahawks. Football Night will also include highlights, analysis and reaction to earlier Week 2 games.
Football Night airs each Sunday at 7 p.m. ET on NBC, with Costas hosting the program live from inside the stadium. He will be joined on site by Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth, sideline reporter Michele Tafoya, and NBC NFL analyst Hines Ward.
Dan Patrick co-hosts Football Night from NBC Sports Group’s Studio 1, and is joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy; two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison; Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk on NBCSports.com and NBCSN, and NFL insider Peter King. Paul Burmeister will report from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa., on the Cowboys-Eagles game.
INTERVIEWS: Below are excerpts from Costas’ interview with Wilson and FNIA’s feature on last year’s NFC Championship Game. If used, please note the mandatory credit: “In an exclusive interview airing tonight on Football Night in America.”
RUSSELL WILSON WITH BOB COSTAS
Wilson on handling last year’s Super Bowl loss: “When you have a winner’s mentality, any time you lose, it never feels good…I think the key to having that winner’s mentality is being able to move on.”
Wilson on importance of Seahawks’ team retreat to Hawaii: “We’re always working with a purpose, but obviously going through the Super Bowl and that loss, that feeling and not seeing each other for a couple months…we had a lot of ‘get together’ time. A lot of time to just talk – talk football, talk about life, talk about growing as men.”
Wilson on pivotal moment of team retreat in Hawaii: “Having that final talk on that Friday, the last day we were there. It was kind of up on a cliff, just privately…just being able to talk, each person talked, and it was just a special moment.”
Wilson on absence of SS Kam Chancellor: “Any time you don’t have a guy like Kam Chancellor, arguably the best strong safety in the National Football League, you miss him…and also the fact that he’s a great team leader. I think that ultimately you just have to pull everybody together and play great football. There’s no excuse.”
Wilson on dealing with Lambeau Field atmosphere: “I’m used to being in Wisconsin (from) playing at the University of Wisconsin, so I know that these fans are going to be going crazy, but you look forward to it. The field’s still the same.’
FNIA REVIEWS PACKERS-SEAHAWKS NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Seahawks P Jon Ryan on fake FG conversion for a TD: “It was kind of the perfect situation. We were down 16-0 at the time, so we needed something to spark us.”
Seahawks K Steven Hauschka on successful onside kick: “Jogging out there onto the field, I felt like I was going for a game-winning (field goal).”
Seahawks WR Jermaine Kearse on game-winning TD catch: “You know when you can’t breathe, and you just don’t know what you’re going to do? That’s exactly what it was in that moment.”
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