Russell Wilson receives a frosty welcome from Seahawks fans on his return to Lumen Field, as the quarterback is booed by his old team as he takes to the field with the Denver Broncos for revenge game
- The 33-year-old received a hostile reception when exiting the tunnel for the turf
- Wilson played as Bronco for the first time since his March trade from Seattle
- ‘Dude turned diva, Hollywood went after us,’ read a fan’s poster near the tunnel
- Wilson last week signed a five-year, $245 million extension with the Broncos
- Seahawks fans were torn into two camps on Twitter, with some defending Wilson
Seattle Seahawks fans made their thoughts and feelings known to ex-quarterback Russell Wilson, chasing him on his return to Lumen Field as Bronco for his first regular-season game since his trade to Denver in March.
The 33-year-old was met with hostility when exiting the tunnel to the turf ahead of Monday Night Football’s first league game.
The Seahawks traded Wilson and a fourth-round pick to the Broncos in exchange for two first-round picks, two second-round picks, one fifth-round pick, quarterback Drew Lock and defending lineman Shelby Harris. Tight end Noah Fant was also part of the deal.
Fans hold signs with mocking Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson (3), a former Seahawk
Wilson, a man on a mission against his old team, was desperate to get one over the line against his former teammates at the Seahawks, who accused him of “checking out” midway through last season.
“Wilson wanted to be in charge… We said, SEE-YA!” read a fan’s poster from the stands near the tunnel where the Broncos were warming up for the game.
Another sign from another Seahawks fan read, “Better win or he’ll quit you too!”
“Dude turned diva, Hollywood went after us,” read one of two placards held by a fan near the Broncos tunnel. The other said, “Who’s 2 years old with ‘let’s ride da-pony”?”
Wilson takes the field before playing the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field in Seattle
In March, Seahawks chairman Jody Allen revealed that Wilson had started a trade to the Broncos after the quarterback failed to digest the franchise that sacked offensive line coach Mike Solari and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.
The 33-year-old fired back at Allen, saying the trade was mutual. He also signed a five-year, $245 million off-season extension with the Broncos last week.
Seahawks and NFL fans were torn in response to the booing Wilson received, arguing that he had put his former team on the map by taking them to two Super Bowls. Others thought the quarterback’s icy reception by fans was long overdue.
“I can’t believe Russell Wilson is being booed by Seahawks fans. This guy took you to two Super Bowls and took one home. This is not a Favre for the Vikings,” tweeted Jake Rongholt – sports host for Illinois-based radio station WGEM.
Jake Rongholt claimed he couldn’t believe Wilson was being booed by Seahawks fans
“Russell Wilson being booed by Seahawk fans is a perfect example of why professional athletes should never worry about loyalty or withholding a public image to please everyone,” one user shared.
“If Russell Wilson is booed, imagine the reaction when Deshaun Watson returns to NRG,” another emphasized.
“I liked Russell Wilson when he was in Seattle. Now he is the enemy, and the enemy is booed. Very easy. “But what about everything he did for the team?” I thought we Seahawks fans should stop living in the past?!,” one nostalgic Seahawks fan tweeted.
Fans were torn into two camps on Twitter, some defending Wilson and others knocking him down
“Russell Wilsoin said he wanted two years away, if you didn’t think he was going to be booed, you were dreaming,” the Giant Insider Newspaper & Podcast shared.
Tension first started to build between Wilson and the Seahawks in 2017 when the player said he was “f***ing pissed off” by the franchise’s drive to recruit college quarterback prospects, ESPN reported.
Wilson took the Seahawks to two Super Bowls and noticeably won Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014 against the quarterback’s current team – the Broncos.
The Seattle-based team returned to Super Bowl XLIX for the second time in franchise history a year later, losing to the New England Patriots.
In 2021, however, the Seahawks finished 7-10. It was the only season in which Wilson had fewer than nine wins in a season during his time with the NFC.