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Russell Wilson Is Paying Back The Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson is on the move yet again for the Seahawksz9 picture via en.wikipedia.org)

Russell Wilson is once again taking his team to the Super Bowl. The defending Super Bowl champions are going back to the big game to defend their crown against the New England Patriots. Wilson has achieved great things in the short time that he has been in the NFL and there is no doubt that the Seahawks understand that and are getting ready to pay him accordingly. But what if this all never happened because of the preconceived notions of Russell and other quarterbacks like him? What if the Seahawks had not had the guts to make this happen? Seattle may not be where they are without looking outside the box.

Wilson was a highly successful quarterback coming out of college. The former two-star quarterback out of high school did way better than many expected. He led the Wolfpack to good success under his leadership. And after a dispute with his head coach over offseason professional baseball, he left for Wisconsin and led that team to the Rose Bowl while he put up 33 touchdowns and only four interceptions. It was evident that Wilson was a successful quarterback with an innate ability to make plays. But with all his playmaking came the criticism of his height. For all the great things that Wilson did, it seemed like more professional scouts and GMs were stuck on his height. Russell was only 5’11” and that worried more teams as to whether he would be able to see over the line. He could make all the throws that teams needed him to make. He could think the game and make the essential plays that were needed. But still, the height still blocked everything. Some saw him as a backup in the NFL at best while others thought he would never even make it on a roster. Seattle thought differently and they took a chance on him in the 2012 NFL Draft.

The Seahawks selected Wilson with their 3rd round pick (75th overall). Seattle saw something in him that could not be measured in the height and size. It was thought that Wilson would come in and compete for the backup quarterback job behind recently acquired Matt Flynn from the Green Bay Packers, but to everyone’s surprise, he started a late preseason game and beat out Flynn and veteran Tavaris Jackson for the starting job. In the beginning, most thought Pete Carroll had lost his mind. And after the first game of the season, a 20-16 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, some wondered if the right decision was made. Wilson went 18-34 for 153 yards, one touchdown and one interception that game versus Arizona. But as the season went on, it showed why he was the guy to lead this team. The Seahawks would go on to surge into the playoffs Wilson’s rookie year, only to come up short in the Divisional round game versus the Atlanta Falcons. Wilson believed this team could win the title. He would always say “why not us” when it came to the Seahawks winning a championship. And that kind of thinking permeated throughout the team.

The next season, the Seahawks would boast one of the best defenses in NFL history and a running game that was led by Marshawn Lynch. Seattle was very dominant throughout the year and made it all the way to the NFC Championship, where Wilson made a huge play that would help propel them to the Super Bowl. ON 4th down, Russell went up top and hit wide receiver Jermaine Kearse with a pinpoint pass for the touchdown that essentially took care of the 49ers. And when the Seahawks went on to the bright lights of the Super Bowl, they dominated. They took that mantra that Russell started and displayed it for everyone to see on national television. The Peyton Manning-led Broncos looked like they were standing on the railroad tracks when the train was coming through. The Broncos took a mighty fall, as the Seahawks blasted the Broncos 43-8. Wilson may not have been the main person behind that win in the Super Bowl, but there is no doubt that he is an important leader on this team. And his belief permeated throughout the team.

This season, Russell seemed to take it to another level with his offensive skill. He still has issues throwing from in the pocket, but he was able to create situations where he made his offense successful whether with his feet or his arm (led the NFL in rushing yards by a quarterback this season with 849 yards). And that was the way it was for the entire season until the Seahawks played this past Sunday. Russell was having a horrible game (he threw a career-high four interceptions) and the team was down 19-7 to the Packers with under 5 minutes left. But behind the running game of Marshawn Lynch, some inexplicable plays by the Packers and some timely passes by Wilson, the Seahawks were able to complete an improbable comeback and send the game into overtime. And in overtime, the guy so many people passed over in the draft came through once again, this time going 3/3, including throwing the game-winning touchdown to wide receiver Jermaine Kearse. And just like that, the Seahawks are heading back to the Super Bowl once again.

Of course Russell Wilson was not the only player that made a difference from that 2012 draft, but to win at a bigtime level, you need a quarterback to lead you. For some reason, Pete Carroll saw something in Wilson that others passed him over didn’t see. And now Wilson is repaying Carroll for his belief in him to get the job done. As for Wilson, this is what he envisioned when he went to Seattle. He believed in himself and now everyone else is seeing what is so special about the quarterback everyone said was too short to get the job done.

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6 Comments

  1. Dori Longino

    January 20, 2015 at 10:11 am

    He’s such a great young man as well! Time to pay up Seattle!

    • Mike Patton

      January 20, 2015 at 11:14 am

      It is time for them to pay him. Ought to be interesting to see what the numbers look like on his new deal. He will certainly have a lot of leverage if they win the Super Bowl again.

  2. Jason

    January 20, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    He’s proving himself every game. Even when he struggles he some how finds a way to make a play and get the job done!

  3. ASR

    January 20, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    I followed his career since his Big 10 days, very proud of his accomplishments. RW3 and Cam are my 2 fav young QB’s. I have the Hawks in the SB.

    • Mike Patton

      January 20, 2015 at 3:25 pm

      Even at NC State before the transfer to Wisconsin he was doing excellent work on the field.

  4. Lee Love

    January 26, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    This young man is the perfect example of proving if you believe in yourself you can do very positive things…he maybe short in stature but very tall in everything else.

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