Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was not supposed to be this good. He wasn’t supposed to win a Super Bowl. He wasn’t supposed to lead his team to a 13-3 record in 2013 en route to an unforgettable season. He wasn’t supposed to be the starting quarterback in his rookie year. He wasn’t even supposed to be cut out to play quarterback at the professional level. He was too small.
But, he’s here now, and aren’t we all thankful for the way things worked out.
Wilson’s first two years have been highlighted by his ability to be a dual-threat quarterback. He broke the record for most touchdown passes in the first two years of a career, with 52 over the last two seasons. He’s ran for over 1,000 yards in his first two seasons while also boasting a career passer rating of 100.6.
During the Super Bowl, you really got a chance to witness what an incredible quarterback Wilson is, and how great he will be in the future. In only his second season, he operated a third-down offense to near perfection on the biggest stage of all. This was the most impressive part of his game on Sunday, to me.
Knowing he would have to deal with letting a guy like Peyton Manning back on the field, Wilson converted several third downs by extending the play with his legs and either running for the first down, or making something out of nothing in the air and getting the ball to one of his wideouts.
Wilson is the prime example of what an NFL quarterback should be — period. He is the real deal on the field. He is the real deal off the field. Wilson, for those of you who don’t know by now, spent an entire day each week over the last two years visiting the Seattle Children’s Hospital. He would bring the kids Seahawks gear, books and treats.
But, most importantly, he brought them a message of hope.
Wilson’s athletic ability on the field combined with his unparalleled character and integrity off the field makes him one of the best athletes in all of sports today. The scary thing? He’s only coming off of his second year as a pro, and has a lot more to learn. It is frightening to think that he will be getting much, much better over the years as he continues to learn and develop.
For those youngsters out there looking for a role model, look no further. Wilson is everything you should aspire to be not only as a football player, but as a human being.