COMMENTARY| The 2012 NFL season featured one of the most talked about and talented NFL draft classes to enter the league in recent years. When fans, commentators, and analysts alike talked about the NFL’s coveted ‘Rookie of the Year’ award, the main names associated with being potential recipients included Andrew Luck, and Robert Griffin III. Seattle’s rookie quarterback Russell Wilson probably wasn’t on the mind of the masses. However, after leading the Seahawks to a 24-14 victory over the Washington Redskins yesterday, Wilson is proving why he is continuing to defy the odds.
Russell Wilson came out of college with a cloud of doubts hanging over his head before his NFL career even began. Although Wilson had a successful collegiate run with many accolades at the University of Wisconsin, many questioned if he was even tall enough to play quarterback in the NFL. Most of the more successful and efficient quarterbacks in the NFL stand well over 6 feet tall. Wilson on the other hand stands right at 5 foot 11 inches, making him the shortest starting quarterback in the NFL.
After being taken as the 12th pick in the 3rd round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks, Wilson was expected by most to be a back-up to either Tarvaris Jackson or Matt Flynn. Wilson eventually would beat out both Flynn and Jackson to become the Seahawks starting quarterback heading into the regular season. The decision to make Wilson the starter obviously paid off. The Seahawks posted a 11-5 regular season regular behind a loyal following of fans, an excellent defense, and the leadership of their young quarterback.
With the Seahawks victory over the Washington Redskins, Russell Wilson now remains the lone rookie quarterback standing. Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts fell short against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, while the Seattle victory over Washington knocked out a battered and bruised Robert Griffin III and the Redskins. Despite the doubts as to whether or not Russell Wilson could have success in the NFL, nobody can argue that he isn’t a talented young player. Wilson is already an exceptional athlete, but his pass efficiency has progressed throughout the season. He finished the 2012 regular season 4th in the NFL’s passer rating, and has become even more of a threat with his ability to extend plays.
The thing that’s apparent within the Seattle Seahawks organization is a belief in themselves because of the amazing leadership skills Russell Wilson have shown. Although Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III were the numbers 1 and 2 picks respectively in the 2012 NFL Draft, Russell Wilson has easily made a case for why he should be considered in the rookie of the year hunt. The Seahawks will travel to face the number one ranked Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. A win over the Falcons, and the Seahawks will find themselves playing for a chance to go to the Super Bowl.
Unlike Luck and Griffin, Wilson still has to chance to display his talents. I feel this gives Wilson an added edge to stake the claim of becoming the rookie of the year. Regardless as to how far the Seahawks go in the playoffs, Russell Wilson has and continues to defy the odds of being a rookie quarterback in the NFL.