Seahawks’ Super celebration continues

todd.dybas@thenewstribune.comApril 9, 2014 

Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez shares a laugh with Seahawks coach Pete Carroll during the Mariners’ home opener. Behind from left is quarterback Russell Wilson, tight end Zach Miller and Bobby Wagner.

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SEATTLE — That’s a throw Russell Wilson has to make.

The only blip on the Seattle Seahawks’ never-ending goodwill tour came Tuesday night at the Mariners’ home opener against the Texas Rangers.

The Seahawks quarterback was high and outside with his delivery of the ceremonial first pitch to Mariners ace Felix Hernandez. It’s likely Wilson immediately went to the Mariners’ video room to dissect the pitch.

Otherwise, the Seahawks’ appearance at Safeco Field went as expected: video highlights, fireworks, vociferous applause.

Accompanying Wilson were Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith, Jermaine Kearse, Zach Miller, Bobby Wagner, Mike Morgan, K.J. Wright and coach Pete Carroll.

They blurted out a group, “Play ball!” with Wagner holding the Super Bowl trophy.

It has been a busy offseason for the group,

particularly Wilson and Smith.

Wilson has tweeted photos of himself and Michael Jordan together at a golf tournament, in addition to making multiple television appearances.

Wilson also had first-pitch duties for the Rangers, the team that holds his baseball rights after selecting him in the Rule 5 draft in December.

Smith’s MVP honor has put him in demand on late-night television to go with several regional appearances.

Even Miller’s offseason has been non-stop. That’s more a byproduct of his 14-month-old twin daughters, Kaydence and Remi, a duo more challenging than any Sunday opponent.

“The hard work is way harder at home,” Miller said. “They’re going all day. It’s way easier to play football, for me at least.”

Miller’s return to the Seahawks was in question because of his large salary.

The tight end restructured his deal in order to return and give Seattle a small amount of salary cap relief.

Miller has been in the NFL for seven seasons. He’s well aware of mechanics of offseason money management for teams.

“You never know,” Miller said. “I’ve been around long enough that I know the business of the NFL. It’s something you hear rumors about; you never know until you hear from the horse’s mouth (that you will be asked to restructure).

“I’m just happy to be back. Love to be on this team, love playing with these guys. For me, it never was a question of being anywhere else. I wanted to be here.”

Wilson is under contract for two more seasons. He’s again getting prepared to organize offseason beach workout sessions in California, the way he did last year.

Despite dozens of offseason public appearances, he says he’s been working out six days a week.

“Everywhere I go, I work out,” Wilson said. “It never stops.”

When you’re the Super Bowl champions, it never does.

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