New Steelers QB Russell Wilson Explains How He “Opened Up A Lot Of Doors” For Patrick Mahomes

Russell Wilson in a suit conducting an interview.Russell Wilson (via Pittsburgh Steelers YouTube)

Russell Wilson thinks highly of himself and his NFL career.

Pittsburgh Steelers’ new quarterback, Russell Wilson, is on ESSENCE magazine’s cover and named their second “Sexiest Man of the Moment.”

ESSENCE selected Wilson as the May/June cover, and with that came an interview that dove into his football career, faith, and entrepreneurship.

During that interview, the veteran quarterback, who was released by the Denver Broncos this offseason, said he was responsible for paving the way for African-American quarterbacks, such as Patrick Mahomes, to go out and shine in the NFL.

“For me to be able to go to back-to-back Super Bowls, and win one of them, I think opened up a lot of doors,” Wilson said to Essence. “Now you see guys like Patrick Mahomes who won it; it’s really just us so far, but there’s more to come.” The emergence of quarterbacks like Mahomes, Jalen Hurts, Lamar Jackson, and C.J. Stroud, to name a few, is indicative of a new era in football and a glimpse into what the sport is trending toward.

“What I love to see is guys getting drafted early, and that a lot of teams these days have Black quarterbacks playing for them,” Wilson says. “It’s all across the league, and it’s showing how the National Football League is starting to evolve, change and break down barriers. I think one of the biggest blessings of my career so far is that I’ve been fortunate to be able to open up doors for others, because of what others did for me.”

The magazine is set to drop on April 23rd.

Wilson is ready to make a Super Bowl run with Mike Tomlin and the Pittsburgh Steelers, as both have enjoyed a lot of success in the NFL.

Tomlin won the Super Bowl in 2008 but lost to the Green Bay Packers two years later. He has also never experienced a losing regular season in his career. Russell Wilson led the Seattle Seahawks to two Super Bowl appearances with one win.

Wilson’s victory in the Super Bowl was big as he became the second Black quarterback to win the championship.

Russell Wilson Has Final Chance To Prove He Can Get It Done With The Pittsburgh Steelers

Russell Wilson (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
Along with adding Russell Wilson to the roster, the Pittsburgh Steelers also traded for former Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields while parting ways with Kenny Pickett this offseason.

For Wilson, this may be his final chance to showcase he is not washed up and can still deliver as a starting quarterback in the National Football League. Wilson had an up-and-down two years with the Denver Broncos after they traded for him.

Last season, the veteran quarterback showed he could still get it done as he threw for 3,070 yards with 26 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 15 games for the Broncos last year. The only reason his numbers weren’t better is that the team decided to bench him for the final few games due to them coming to the decision he was going to be cut.



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