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Steelers player Russell Wilson receives blunt media warning from former Pittsburgh football quarterback

The Pittsburgh Steelers have revamped their offense to perform better in the 2024-25 season. The Steelers signed former Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson during the NFL free agency period to bring about a change in leadership. Wilson is a proven veteran, but a former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback is issuing a blunt warning to the media ahead of his arrival.

Max Browne, a former Panthers QB from 2017, warned Wilson about the brutality of the media in Pittsburgh and questioned whether Wilson's personality could withstand the criticism.

“If you leave the football out of the way, between the ears, how does Russell lead?” Browne asked, according to Steelers Nation. “How does Russell relate to his team? Can Russell live with this discomfort that he's no longer a top-10 quarterback in the NFL? How is that going to work when the media in Pittsburgh is criticizing him for being a mediocre quarterback and he says, 'The sun always shines,' and we know that's not true. That's my biggest question.”

Max Browne believes Russell Wilson must have the ability to lead his team properly, even when things aren't going so smoothly. This isn't the first time Wilson has attracted attention for his public demeanor.

Ryan Russilo joined Bills Simmons' podcast to discuss his concerns about Wilson's image shortly after he left the Broncos in early March.

“That's what I would say about the personality aspect. I need to know what I'm getting. Am I getting a humiliated Russell Wilson… Can he just be a halfway normal guy? I don't know if he's capable of that,” Russilo said.

Russell Wilson wants to silence critics despite Steelers chance

Russell Wilson began his professional career with the Seattle Seahawks after the team selected him in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft. The former Wisconsin Badger had a promising rookie season in which he rushed for 3,118 yards and 26 touchdowns and earned his first Pro Bowl honors.

He continued his strong performance in the following seasons, but 2014 was a special year.

The 2013-14 Seahawks finished the regular season 13-3 and secured first place in the NFC. Of course, Wilson was instrumental in the team's success, throwing for 3,357 yards and 26 touchdowns that year.

His offensive prowess helped Seattle to its first and only Super Bowl victory, a 43-8 rout of Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. Wilson's success didn't end there, however. In addition to his rookie and sophomore season honors, he participated in seven other Pro Bowls with the Seahawks.

Wilson spent a total of 10 seasons in Seattle, with his ninth season being one of his best years. The veteran QB totaled 4,212 yards and 40 TDs in 16 games, which was a career high. However, his performance dropped slightly the following season, and in 2022 he left the team and went to Denver.

When Wilson joined the Broncos, things didn't go as smoothly as planned. In his first year, the team went 5-12 and failed to make the playoffs. He helped the team improve to 8-9 in 2023-24, but it still wasn't enough to make the postseason.

Wilson became a free agent after his sophomore year and decided to take his talents to an established Steelers team.

Russell Wilson is coming off a year in which he threw for 3,070 yards and 26 touchdowns in 15 games, and with a roster full of promising players on the Steelers, he's looking to get back to his best form.