Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson didn’t play in the team’s preseason opener on Saturday night against the Dallas Cowboys, but that didn’t stop the veteran signal-caller from showing some elite leadership.

Wilson, despite knowing he wasn’t playing, went onto the field and went through his normal warm-ups with the team.

That may not seem like a big deal, but it really does speak to the type of leader that Wilson is as an NFL player.

As long as Wilson’s been around, and as much as he’s accomplished, it would’ve been easy for him to “take the night off”. There’s not much he can glean from a preseason game — even while playing with a new team.

But there’s a reason why Wilson was a highly sought-after player this offseason. He makes the players around him better. And the main reason that’s the case is because he’s an elite leader that stays locked in no matter what.

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