Russell Wilson
Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson

Standing Tall
By Art Thiel, By Steve Rudman, By Sportspress Northwest, Foreword by Mike Holmgren


128 Pages, 8.5 x 11

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB, Mobipocket, PDF

Trade Paper, $15.95 (US $15.95) (CA $17.95)

ISBN 9781629370330

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (Sep 2014)


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In April 2012, after being selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the third round of the NFL draft, Russell Wilson wasn't even guaranteed the starting quarterback spot for the Seahawks. Two years later, he led Seattle to the playoffs in his two years starting for the team, and led the Seahawks to their first Super Bowl win in franchise history. Along the way, Russell silenced doubters who said that he was too short to be an NFL starting quarterback, marking career milestones such as the most regular-season wins by a quarterback in his first two seasons, with 24, and being named the 2012 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year. This commemorative book examines the young phenom's career from North Carolina State to Wisconsin, with a detour into professional baseball, and through the Super Bowl XLVIII win.

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Triumph Books is a leader in quality and innovation in sports publishing and also publishes pop culture and current events books. They are based in Chicago.


Art Thiel discussed his new book, Russell Wilson: Standing Tall, on “The Bald Faced Truth” on Sports750 KXTG-AM on September 25, 2014. Listen to the interview HERE.

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Russell Wilson: Standing Tall

By Art Thiel and Steve Rudman - Foreword by Mike Holmgren


Contact: Olivia Aguilar - Triumph Books - 312.676.4238 -


Everyone loves an underdog story… and Russell Wilson’s story is no exception. Considered too short to be a quarterback, the 5’11 phenom proved everyone wrong and led the Seattle Seahawks to their first Super Bowl win in the franchise’s history. With a positive outlook on life combined with an unstoppable work ethic, Russell Wilson has proven you should never doubt the underdog.


In Russell Wilson: Standing Tall (Triumph Books, September 2014) by Seattle sports writers Art Thiel and Steve Rudman, readers get a look at the man who brought the Super Bowl XLVIII Championship title to Seattle by defeating the Broncos 43-8. In the foreword, Mike Holmgren openly admits that he doubted Wilson during the NFL draft because of his height, but was quickly proven wrong. There is something to be said for Wilson’s quality of character — his constant optimism and dedication to studying the game are undoubtedly the reasons he has a long list of accomplishments at only 25 years old. From his days at North Carolina State and Wisconsin to his leaving a professional baseball career for football, this book documents how a rookie quarterback became the leader he is today. Highlights include:


  • A close look at the development of Russell Wilson as quarterback and his time as a professional baseball player.
  • Russell Wilson remembers when he first met Peyton Manning at “Manning Passing Academy” in 10th grade.
  • A chapter dedicated to Pete Carroll and his time as head coach at USC as well as for the New York Jets and the New England Patriots.
  • The “open competition” between Russell Wilson, veteran Matt Flynn and incumbent Tarvaris Jackson for the Seahawks quarterback position.


Russell Wilson has faced his fair share of adversity, and has proven that statistics aren’t everything. He even says it’s his personal mission: “Me being a shorter quarterback, I believe I’m playing for a lot of other kids in the future, to be honest with you. That’s part of my motivation.” Russell Wilson: Standing Tall establishes that the sky is the limit for this winning quarterback.


About the Authors:

Sportspress Northwest is an online venture founded by Art Thiel and Steve Rudman in 2010. The site provides analysis and commentary on the Seattle Seahawks, Sounders, Mariners and University of Washington football and basketball teams.