Super Bowl XLVIII: Does Victory Put QB Russell Wilson in Elite Class?


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The Seattle Seahawks dominated the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. Does the victory in the NFL‘s biggest game put quarterback Russell Wilson in the elite class?

The word Elite is overused in the NFL. It seems like any time a QB has a great season or a great game, their name gets thrown into the elite conversation. There are a lot of great quarterbacks in the NFL, but there are not a lot of elite ones.

Elite means the best of the best. If there are 32 teams, then there cannot be 10 elite QBs in the league. I’m sorry, but that is not how it works. Maybe five to seven at most, but certainly not 10. Maybe that is just my opinion, though.

Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers are all elite quarterbacks. People can make cases for other quarterbacks being elite as well, but those four are the best basically every single year. One good season does not make an elite quarterback. Maybe an elite season, but that player has to back it up the following season or maybe even the season after that.

To the point. Wilson is not an elite QB. His name should not be thrown into the mix with the likes of Brady, Manning, Brees and Rodgers. He is, however, a great quarterback. He did just win a Super Bowl in his second season.

In time, maybe Wilson will become an elite QB, but he is not one right now. I am not trying to take anything away from him or anything like that.

Winning the Super Bowl is very impressive and winning a Super Bowl in just your second season is simply amazing. I am sure Wilson is going to get better and better, which could lead to him becoming an Elite quarterback.

However, he is no Peyton Manning–although he did just beat his team–he is no Tom Brady, he is no Drew Brees and he is certainly no Aaron Rodgers.

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