Russell Wilson would seem to be the diametric opposite of Johnny Manziel in a lot of ways, primarily when it comes to on-field demeanor.
While Manziel is demonstrative and fiery, sometimes to a fault as he demonstrated with his now-infamous finger episode, Wilson comes across as the epitome of calmness and aplomb.
So does the super-composed Mr. Wilson, owner of one championship ring as a member of the Seahawks, have any advice for the much-maligned Cleveland backup quarterback?
Yes. Yes he does (via thenewstribune.com):
Russell Wilson was on Seattle’s KJR-AM radio this morning. Among other, relatively routine things he said — “Q: What specifically gnaws at you that you want to improve on?” A: “Everything” — Wilson was asked what advice he would give Cleveland Browns rookie QB Johnny “The Finger” Manziel, if Wilson had the chance.
Wilson simply said: “Be professional.”
Wilson certainly has faced his fair share of heckling and derision in his short NFL career, but he’s never seen fit to react the way Manziel did when raising a one-finger salute in the direction of DeAngelo Hall and the Redskins bench.
Clearly, Wilson possesses a maturity level beyond his years. And that maturity was a big part of why Wilson was able to claim the starting QB job in Seattle as a rookie. And then lead them to a Super Bowl in year 2.
Manziel won’t win the starting job as a rookie, even though his competition is arguably not much tougher than what Wilson faced in Seattle. Perhaps if Manziel were a little more like Russell Wilson, he would not be riding the bench behind Brian Hoyer.