Russell Wilson, Denver Broncos
Russell Wilson #3 of the Denver Broncos warms up before playing against the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field on September 12, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. Steph Chambers/Getty Images


  • Russell Wilson stumbled in his return against the Seattle Seahawks
  • Wilson only has fond memories of his time with them
  • The Denver Broncos came up short, 16-17, in Week 1

Russell Wilson made his return to Seattle for the first time as an opponent after being traded to the Denver Broncos in the offseason.

Although they lost, he has no regrets about his time with his former franchise.

The Seattle Seahawks defense stifled Wilson and the Broncos' offense after allowing their former quarterback to go for only 340 passing yards on 29-of-42 attempts and a lone touchdown while sacking him twice as they came out with the razor-thin 17-16 victory.

Wilson was understandably booed by the fans at CenturyLink Field and cheered on new play caller Geno Smith, who had 195 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1.

"I couldn't have been more locked in. More than anything else for me, personally, I didn't waver. They may cheer for you. They may boo you. They'll love you one day and hate you the next. That's sports," Wilson said about his return as quoted by Seattle Times.

"At the end of the day I'm gonna keep competing, I'm going to keep battling. I gave everything I had every day here. Every day. Anybody who says anything else, they're completely wrong."

The Broncos had three red zone opportunities to take a commanding lead over the Seahawks in the second half but only came away with three points as the Seahawks held on for the win.

First-time NFL head coach Nathaniel Hackett opted for a 64-yard field goal attempt in the dying seconds as they faced a fourth-and-five situation over giving Russell control of the offense.

Brandon McManus and the kicking team took to the field and failed to convert the attempt, which would have matched the second-longest field goal in league history.

In the postgame presser, Wilson took no offense with Hackett's decision as an attempt at moving the chains in such a dire situation would have the same amount of risk as attempting a game-winning kick.

"Any time you can try to make a play on fourth-and-five, that's great too. But, also, I don't think it was the wrong decision. ... If we were in that situation again, I wouldn't doubt what he decided," the Wisconsin product mentioned.

Wilson reunited with Seahawks coach Pete Carroll after the game at midfield and the quarterback quickly reminisced about his time in Seattle while also acknowledging that there are 16 more weeks of NFL football waiting ahead of him and the Broncos.

"This was a special game just because I got to see and play against some of my closest friends and just be around them and just be in this stadium again. This stadium has been special for me," Wilson initially noted.

"On the other end of it, though, I didn't just play for this one game. I've got a bigger mission on hand. This was just step one... We've got a great football team and we're going to do some special things this year."

Wilson and the Broncos next take the field against the Houston Texans in Week 2 action on Sunday, September 18, while the Seahawks visit the San Francisco 49ers.

DK Metcalf, Russell Wilson
DK Metcalf #14 of the Seattle Seahawks (L) and Russell Wilson #3 of the Denver Broncos (R) exchange jerseys after the Seahawks defeated the Broncos 17-16 at Lumen Field on September 12, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. Steph Chambers/Getty Images