Ask any scout working for a National Football League (NFL) team his opinion on “the perfect quarterback” and the answer you get will always be as follows. The quarterback that every professional football team wants is someone who is 6’3” tall, perhaps 6’4” or taller so that he can see “over the heads” of huge defensive linemen.
The perfect quarterback needs to be football savvy and athletic so that he can escape the clutches of onrushing defensive ends and outside linebackers. And, most importantly, the “super quarterback” needs to be accurate with a quick release.
That’s what every NFL team’s general manager seeks to find in each year’s draft. But, “perfect” quarterbacks are hard to find. What’s more, there have been many tall, rangy, strong-armed young quarterbacks who “looked the part,” but lacked the skills to back up their physical attributes.
So, when someone like Russell Wilson gets drafted and succeeds, he forces NFL scouts and upper management to alter their beliefs about quarterbacks. The truth is that Russell Wilson doesn’t look anything at all like the “perfect quarterback,” but his play on the field makes him special.
Born just twenty-six years ago on November 29, 1988, this 5’11” two hundred six pound native of Cincinnati, Ohio began his collegiate career at North Carolina State University, but earned national acclaim after he transferred to the University of Wisconsin.
That’s because Wilson led the Badgers to the 2011 Rose Bowl after throwing thirty-three touchdown passes and only four interceptions in a wildly-successful regular season.
While Wilson’s lack of height resulted in many pro scouts overlooking him, the Seattle Seahawks decided to draft him with the seventy-fifth pick in Round Three of the 2012 National Football League Draft.
That selection paid almost immediate dividends for the team from the Pacific Northwest. That’s because Russell Wilson led his squad to victory in Super Bowl XLVIII (Super Bowl 48). His passing accuracy and his ability to “run with the ball” enabled the team’s offense to work in tandem with its great defense to produce the victory.
That same combination helped the Seahawks to return to the Super Bowl last season. Unfortunately for Seattle and its fans, the squad lost the game to the New England Patriots on a last second interception.
Nevertheless, in his still-young career, Russell Wilson has been elected to two Pro Bowls, was named the Pepsi Rookie of the Year in 2012, has been named the Offensive Player of the Week four times and has thrown eighty touchdown passes and only thirty-one interceptions.
In his career to date, the “short,” 5’11 quarterback has passed for eleven thousand six hundred eighteen yards, rushed for more than two thousand one hundred yards and scored eleven rushing touchdowns.
There is every reason to believe that Russell Wilson will continue to improve. That is good news for the Seattle Seahawks and their fans.
Courtesy of Corner on Sports