I was on my way home tonight, when I heard part of an interview with Russell Wilson, Seattle quarterback.
Wilson openly says he wants to be the best quarterback in the history of the NFL. I caught that and I liked hearing it, but I thought about other NFL quarterbacks. Brady. Manning. Montana, Young and Elway. By no stretch of the imagination does Russell Wilson even compare to those players. Yes, the Seahawks won the Super Bowl last season. Yes, they pummeled the hated Bronkeys, a feat which I will be forever indebted to them for. But that team isn’t even remotely reliant on Wilson.
Then you start to view the numbers, listen to his teammates and understand. This guy actually has a shot to become an all-time great. Look at this stat on deep-ball throwers. It’s last season’s NFL leaders in deep ball (20+ yard pass plays) accuracy:
Player Att. Comp. Drops Yds TDs Int Acc.%
1. Russell Wilson (Sea) 60 27 2 922 9 5 48.3
2. Peyton Manning (Den) 83 38 2 1,299 12 5 48.2 3. Geno Smith (NYJ) 60 26 2 830 4 7 46.7
You don’t think of Wilson as an accurate deep ball thrower. But he is. You don’t think of him as a strong-armed quarterback, but he is. You don’t think of him as a stand in the pocket passer, but he can do that. We all know he’s athletic and can get out of the pocket and throw the ball or turn it into a big gain. The biggest thing, he’s the unquestioned leader of the Seattle team.
You are a sports fan. You saw Russell Wilson take over that Wisconsin team; getting named a captain despite just arriving there. Russell Wilson is The Man, and God willing, is going to be The Man in Seattle for a long, long time. Whether or not he becomes the best quarterback ever to play the game is way in doubt but he’s done some remarkable things in his career.