Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is active on Twitter and has more than 500,000 followers on the social media site. But some of his followers are members of the San Francisco 49ers — and they say they are drawing motivation from all the positive tweets Wilson sends out.
“I’ll be honest, I didn’t think we had too much of a chance in the NFC Championship Game in Seattle,” said 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. “Seattle is just so good at home. I wanted to give up. But then I saw Russell tweet out Exodus 14:14: ‘The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.’ Reading that gave me a ton of peace about the game and filled me with confidence. Now I’m pretty sure we’re going to beat the shit out of them.”
49ers linebacker Patrick Willis credits Wilson with getting him to watch extra film of Seattle’s offense this week. And he thinks the extra time in the film room has shown him things he believes will allow San Francisco to shut down the Seattle attack.
“I was just planning to put in a regular week of practice and film study, hoping that would be enough,” said Willis. “But then Monday morning I saw Russell tweet: ‘hashtag NoTime2Sleep.’ And I was like: ‘Damn, if he’s up working, I have to get out of bed and get to work, too.’ And what do you know: I started watching film, picked up a tendency I hadn’t seen before and, well … I think they’re in trouble. Thanks, Russell!”
San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh isn’t on Twitter, but he’s receiving wisdom and motivation from another Seattle source.
“I picked up Peter Carroll’s ‘Win Forever’ book,” said Harbaugh. “I saw it in one of those spinning book racks at a gas station. Anyway, in the book he says that you’re supposed to ‘win forever.’ What a pile of meaningless bullshit, right? So, yeah, reading that garbage made me even more motivated to beat him. He thinks he’s some kind of self-help guru? Screw him. He’s a phony. I want to rip his heart out.”
The 49ers know they still need to play their best to win the NFC Championship, but Wilson’s positive energy has them feeling like they’re on the cusp of greatness.
“I can’t wait to see what he tweets before kickoff,” said Kaepernick. “Who knows, maybe he’d even be willing to come into our locker room and give us a pregame pep talk. He’s such a good guy, I bet he would do it.”
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