Regardless of how it goes down, anytime that a star player leaves a team before it’s time to retire, there’s going to be some bad blood, even if it’s just one-sided. That certainly appears to be the case with some Seattle Seahawks fans as Russell Wilson returns to Lumen Field with the Denver Broncos for a Monday Night Football showdown.
While Russ showed up at the stadium wearing his best shiny suit, many Seahawks fans are showing up with custom jerseys and signs that show off how mad they are with Wilson for leaving after 10 years, even though the team was wanting to move from him just as much as he was wanting a fresh start.
Seattle fans welcoming Russell Wilson back with open arms 💀 pic.twitter.com/UsoOTaImOj
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To be fair, when Russ took the field before the game, it sounds like most of the fans on hand gave him some cheers, though there were a smattering of boos.
— Niko Tamurian (@NikoTamurian) September 12, 2022
Then again, when he came out later in a Broncos uniform, the mood certainly changed.
Seahawks fans booed Russell Wilson when he took the field in Seattle.
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In a recent ESPN piece on how the relationship between Wilson and the Seahawks fell apart, an anonymous source in the Seahawks’ front office was quoted as saying the quarterback was seen interally as a “descending player.” And it certainly doesn’t sound like they’re too much love lost with coach Pete Carroll either, despite the Super Bowl-winning history he and Wilson have.
But of course, none of that matters to die-hard fans. The guy they used to root for decided he wanted to leave and that means he’s a “traitor.” Just how it goes in the sports world.