Russell Wilson overruled his coaches on a late-game play to help a teammate get a $100,000 bonus
- Seahawks receiver David Moore needed just one catch on Sunday to cash in on a $100,000 performance bonus.
- Through 59 minutes of action, Moore was shut out, but on one of the final snaps of the game, Wilson dialed up an easy pass for him to ensure he got his bonus.
- After the game, Wilson revealed that the team had originally intended to kneel the game away, but changed the play in order to help Moore reach his mark.
Russell Wilson went the extra mile for his teammate, David Moore, on Sunday, overruling his coach's play call on one of the Seahawks' final snaps to ensure that his receiver could cash in on a $100,000 bonus.
Moore needed 35 receptions on the season to hit his contract bonus. Heading into Sunday's game against the 49ers, he was sitting at 34. But through the first 59 minutes of the game, Moore wasn't targeted, with receivers Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf taking up the majority of Wilson's attention.
When the Seahawks got the ball back, leading the 49ers 26-23 with just 30 seconds remaining in their game on Sunday, it looked like Moore would fall short of his 35th reception and the bonus that came with it.
While the Seahawks would have been fine running the ball or simply kneeling the game away in the final seconds, Wilson decided to dial up one more pass play for Moore, connecting with him on a simple shovel pass to make sure he hit his bonus.
On the sidelines, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll looked somewhat confused by the decision.
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After the game, Wilson confirmed to Seahawks reporter John Boyle that the original call had been to take a knee, but after talking the situation over with quarterbacks coach Austin Davis, the change was made.
"We were going to kneel it, and then we ended up changing it," Wilson said. "Austin and I had talked on the sideline earlier about trying to find a way to get it done. Austin actually said, 'Hey, let's get it done, let's do it right here.' So we ended up calling it. I said, 'David, you're going to get the ball here, here we go,' and I kind of winked at him. So that was pretty cool."
"We called that play because David had $100,000 if he gets that catch," Wilson said. "It's a blessing to be able to help family, his daughter, and all that stuff. So we wanted to get him that catch, and we were able to dial that up for him that last play."
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Wilson wasn't the only quarterback to help his receiver hit a bonus on Sunday. In the waning seconds of the Buccaneers game against the Falcons, Tom Brady dialed up three straight shovel passes to Antonio Brown so he could hit a similar performance bonus for his production.
Sometimes it pays to have a teammate looking out for you.
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