Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/27/13
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This time about a year ago Pete Carroll named Russell Wilson the Seahawks starting quarterback and the Seattle football world was forever flipped upside down. We all know that story. But we didn't know the story of how Carroll told Wilson he was the new 'Hawks starter. And it turns out it's pretty amusing as Wilson told the Dan Patrick Show via CoachingSearch.com that Carroll brought him out to the basketball court to let him know he'd be starting. “I go into work that day. We had just played our third preseason game" Wilson said setting up the scene. "We just had our meetings. About mid-day around noon or so I'm in the locker room and one of the equipment guys came in and said ‘Hey Russ Coach Carroll wants to see you.' I'm like ‘Okay is he up in his office?' He said ‘No he's actually outside shooting baskets.'" That's a little bizarre. But the scene when Wilson got to the basketball court is perfectly Pete Carroll. Just a cool silver-haired dude in his pleated khakis going behind his back by himself on the court. “I was like okay (laughs)" Wilson said. "I walked outside and [Carroll is] draining 3-pointers going behind his back and doing Michael Jordan fade-aways. I'm scratching my head trying to figure out what's going on right now. He's like ‘You think you can beat me?' I'm like ‘I don't know coach.' He started talking and said I just want to let you know that you've done a great job thus far and I want you to continue to grow and I want to let you that you're going to be the starting quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks." As much as the scene that Wilson painted cracks me up it really does embody Carroll perfectly. He puts people -- especially his players -- at ease and he stresses competition. Both of those things are pretty clear from that story.
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