Before the Seattle Seahawks routed the Denver Broncos last night to take home their first Super Bowl championship ever, Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson stood before his teammates and delivered a speech inspired by his own father.
"I got up there and just said, 'Why not us? We have all the players. We've got the great DPs. We've got the great defense. We've got the great offense. We've got this great special teams. We have a great coaching staff and, like I said earlier, we've got the best fans in the world. Why not us? Let's go do it,'" Wilson, 25, told " Good Morning America" he told his teammates.
The question of "Why not us?" came from Wilson's father, Harrison Wilson, who passed away nearly four years ago but left an impression on his son that led him from NFL rookie last year to Super Bowl-winning quarterback this year.
"I just remember driving in the car with him so many times and him saying, 'Rus, why not you? Why can't you be the Super Bowl winning quarterback and do great things with that? You have all the ability so why not you?,'" Wilson, 25, said today on "GMA."
"And that's what I told my team at the beginning of the evening," he said
Wilson and his teammates went on to defeat the Broncos in a 43-8 rout at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium.
Though Wilson called the victory an "amazing moment," the quarterback, who completed 18 of 25 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns in last night's game, says the Super Bowl win was something the team envisioned all season long.
"Our whole goal was to have a championship off-season," Wilson said. "We won some huge games and did some great things all season. We stuck together and did a great job in the playoffs and then playing the way we played last night was just unbelievable."
"We believed that we'd get here," Wilson added. "We believed that we'd win it and sure enough we did."
Next up for the Seahawks, Wilson included, will presumably be envisioning their Super Bowl rings and the grand welcome home that awaits them in Seattle.
But first, according to Wilson, there is still celebrating to do.
"There are still people partying in our hotel right now," Wilson said today on "GMA."