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Seahawks never doubt Russell Wilson's leadership

PHOENIX -- The Seattle Seahawks' players and coaches knew quarterback Russell Wilson would never doubt himself or the team’s chances long before the miraculous comeback against Green Bay in the NFC Championship Game.

“He stayed true to himself and stayed true to his character,” Seahawks left tackle Russell Okung said of Wilson. “The whole body of work that he’s done is uncompromised. He’s a guy that comes in and puts his hard hat on every day and he leads.”

A victory Sunday over the New England Patriots will make Wilson the first quarterback in NFL history to win two Super Bowls in his first three NFL seasons. But many people still see him as a good quarterback who benefits from having great players around him.

“I think he’s very, very special,” said Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. “I don’t know how he could play at the level that he plays, in the most challenging of times, without a tremendous mind. He’s got a tremendous competitive mindset and it stems from the confidence that he feels based on the preparation that he puts in, knowing that he’s ready for whatever comes up.

“You saw a tremendous illustration of that [against Green Bay]. I don’t think you could hope an athlete at this level could have a more clear mindset of what it takes to come through and get it done more so than what Russell has.”

The Seahawks trailed 19-7 before rallying in the final three minutes of regulation and winning it in overtime on Wilson’s 35-yard TD pass to Jermaine Kearse.

“His leadership on the sideline, continuing to keep guys in it, was huge,” Kearse said. “His power of positivity is huge. When you can stay positive in situations like that, it’s kind of hard to just crumble. That just shows the type of leader he is and the type of belief that he has in his teammates and in this team.”

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, who still has a chip on his shoulder about being a fifth-round draft pick, shakes his head to think Wilson was a third-rounder in the 2012 draft.

“It wasn’t his ability on the football field,” Sherman said. “It was he’s too short [5-11]. Obviously, he’s tall enough to make it to the Super Bowl twice. There are some 6-5 quarterbacks that are home right now.”