RW: I'm not surprised at all. I've done everything I can to be the best that I can possibly be.
How's the relationship with fellow Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn?
RW: It's a good relationship. We're working for one goal and that's to win. We're very, very competitive in the sense that we just want to win every game that we play.
What was the scene like when you found out you were the starter?
RW: Coach [Pete] Carroll was dribbling a basketball. I go up and talk to him; he gives me a hug and says, "You know, Russell, you've done a great job. You've come here, been a leader, you've done everything you can in terms of preparing the right way. And you've competed at a very, very high level, and I just want to let you know that you're the starting quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks." I was fired up. Everybody said I was too short or I couldn't play in the National Football League. The fact that I put in all this hard work and all the things I've gone through in the past.... It's a dream come true.
At any point while he's telling you that stuff, did you think he was going to end with Flynn as the starter?
RW: I wasn't really worried about it either way. I knew at some point I'd get the chance to play. I knew that I was ready to start.
How did it go down when you told your wife you were starting?
RW: I pretty much slow-played it on her. I acted normal.
What did you say to her?