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Michael Jordan And Kobe Bryant Videos Helped Sleepless NFL Star Russell Wilson Cope With Not Being In The Super Bowl: “Ciara Was Probably Pissed Off At Me”

Published 05/25/2022, 3:30 PM EDT

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Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant were both players who had the mental make-up to win accomplishments in the field of sports. Your skills do matter, but what matters more is the player’s mentality in the NBA. If you don’t have a strong psyche, then succeeding in the league would be near impossible.

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Both Jordan and Kobe brought their A-game in almost every match. They inspired their teammates to perform well above their talent too. Without them, those teams probably wouldn’t have won. NFL quarterback Russell Wilson to subscribes to it. The Denver Broncos player has said that videos of Jordan and Bryant have helped him a lot.


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Wilson was on an episode of the “RebuildEd” podcast. The hosts asked him how did he get to know Michael Jordan’s trainer. The Super Bowl winner said, “I watched the Super Bowl two years ago and I’m sitting there and feeling like I need to be playing this game. I was in bed, 3:30 in the morning. I couldn’t sleep at all for two and a half weeks.

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“I started watching Michael Jordan videos. I was watching his videos, I was watching Kobe Bryant videos and just studying their game and watching them in the middle of the bed. And Ciara is probably pissed off at me because I ain’t getting no sleep,” he added. Consequently, he contacted Tim Grover, Jordan’s trainer, to get the same and play the Super Bowl again.

How are Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant so inspirational?


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Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan are inspirations for anyone in sports and beyond. They were determined about what they wanted to achieve and they got it. Jordan won six rings and was a multiple-time MVP due to that mentality. Kobe, too, won five rings because he lead the team from the front. Even during the worst years, he didn’t drop his level and instead went up.

Jordan could have given up after losing so many times in the playoffs to the Boston Celtics and the Detroit Pistons during his younger years, but he didn’t. He wanted to win to prove that he is not a choker to the media and the fans. Kobe won the 2009 and 2010 championships to prove that he can take his team to glory without big man Shaq.


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Russell Wilson will find no better sporting inspiration than them. Let’s hope he wins another Super Bowl after this training.

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Written by:

Aditya Kar


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Aditya Kar is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. A holder of Bachelors and Masters degrees in History, he has been a fan of the NBA since 2011. He has a very keen interest in the stories that define the league and the sport.
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Arunaditya Aima