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Wilson exceeds expectations for Seahawks
Published 10/16/2012 6:00:00 AM
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Forget the talk about how difficult it would be for Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson to succeed in the NFL.

In Wilson's first season, he’s already defeated Tony Romo, Aaron Rodgers, Cam Newton and Tom Brady - all elite NFL quarterbacks. What more can you ask?

Many teams passed on Wilson in the 2012 NFL Draft because of his height. He’s only 5 feet 10 inches tall, making him the shortest quarterback in the league. But, last season at the University of Wisconsin, Wilson played in front of the biggest offensive line in country and still succeeded.

Wilson’s 46-yard game-winning touchdown pass to Sidney Rice against the New England Patriots on Sunday proves height is not a factor. He can make all the throws an NFL quarterback needs to get the job done.

Wilson is a winner and knows how to lead by example. His first year at the University of Wisconsin he was voted team captain and led the Badgers to a Big-10 Championship and Rose Bowl appearance.

He knows how to win ball games, which is all that matters in this league. He’s not going to put up Brady or Rodgers type numbers, but will always find a way to win.

The reason Wilson has those low numbers is because this Seahawks team is a heavy run-first offense and likes to give running backs 25 to 30 carries a game. Wilson averages around 25 throws per game, an exceptionally low number for today’s pass-heavy style.

He’s one of those guys that won’t take “no” for an answer and will work even harder to prove critics wrong. He wasn’t supposed to start as the quarterback for the Seahawks, but he earned the job.

Mentally, Wilson is tough. After throwing three interceptions and no touchdown passes in a loss against the St. Louis Rams, he bounced back the next week, leading the Seahawks to a victory against the Carolina Panthers.

Sunday against the Patriots, Wilson managed the game well and threw for three touchdowns and no interceptions. He’s still a rookie and will make mistakes just like any other quarterback, but he learns from his mistakes and improves upon them, which separates him from other rookies.

Right now Russell Wilson brings excitement, energy and life to this Seahawks team. Although still developing, he has the potential to become a successful NFL quarterback.

Given how tough of a schedule the Seahawks have played so far this year, a 4-2 record is impressive. If the Seahawks want to make the playoffs this season, Wilson is the guy to take them there.

If you doubt Russell Wilson, then prepare to be proven wrong.

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