“There Will Be Failure”: Channeling Michael Jordan Day After 4th of July, Russell Wilson Provides a Look Into His Mind as NFL Prep Catches Speed

Published 07/06/2023, 6:00 AM EDT

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The day after the 4th of July, Russell Wilson draws inspiration from Michael Jordan, giving fans a glimpse into his thoughts as he ramps up his NFL preparations. Michael Jordan has been an inspiration for Wilson. He admires the NBAL GOAT’s competitiveness, work ethic, and mindset. He has even hired Tim Grover, Jordan’s former trainer, to assist him in enhancing his physical and mental performance.

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It is still too early to determine whether Wilson will bounce back in 2023, especially after the Seahawks released him on March 8, 2022, and traded him to the Denver Broncos in exchange for two first-round picks, two second-round picks, and three players. Nonetheless, Wilson remains motivated, sharing some of Jordan’s motivational quotes on his social media accounts.

Russell Wilson finds motivation in NBA star Michael Jordan

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Russell is channelizing himself with NBA megastar Michael Jordan’s story for the upcoming games. He may have big plans and full focus to prove his QB skills at an elite level. Russell shared a clip on his Instagram handle, where Michael Jordan spoke about his baseball career in a podcast. Jordan said, “For me to go play baseball and everybody says oh, it was a failed opportunity to play baseball. You know that’s what they think”

Jordan continues: “People don’t see that. And people will never understand that, to be…success, you know all they think about well he batted .202, you know annndddd he struck out a certain number of times yeah okay, you know but the effort was there.” Russell captioned the post on IG story: “To be successful…there will be failure. Don’t be afraid to take risks.”

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Through this post, Russell is connecting Michael Jordan’s story to his own failure in the last season and giving a message that people don’t see the work, sweat, and injuries before passing judgment.

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A father’s influence 

In 1993, Michael Jordan made a move by retiring from the NBA to pursue a career in professional baseball, showing his willingness to take on new challenges. Although his baseball career didn’t reach the same level of success as his basketball career. Despite the difficulties he faced, Jordan’s decision to play baseball held a noble purpose – fulfilling his late father’s dream of seeing him as a major league player.

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Similarly, Russell Wilson’s father, Harrison Wilson III, played a significant role in Russell’s life, fostering a deep passion for NFL and instilling in him a strong work ethic. Under his father’s guidance, Russell learned valuable lessons about setting goals and persevering relentlessly. Reflecting on his upbringing, Russell shared in an interview with Sports Illustrated, “My dad always told me that I could be anything I wanted to be.” Inspired by his father’s words and guidance, Russell Wilson wants to continue to honor his father’s legacy and make him proud.

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Mohammad Asif Ansari

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Mohammad Asif Ansari is an NFL writer at EssentiallySports, with a passion for bringing sports news to life through engaging content. As an ardent sports fan, Ansari likes to cover core sports angles. His latest article, “Dallas Cowboys Reportedly Making It Difficult for Aaron Rodgers to Pursue His Dream Team” got a hoard of interested sports readers.
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