The Seattle Seahawks have advanced to their second franchise Super Bowl. Their success this season has hinged on the spectacular quarterback play of Seattle’s quarterback Russell Wilson. The second-year signal caller has been remarkable, even record setting in his first two seasons in the Emerald City. Don’t look for Wilson to be intimidated playing across the field from the savvy veteran, Peyton Manning.
Seattle has driven down The Road to MetLife Stadium with authority in this season. While pundits questioned how Peyton Manning might perform in adverse weather, there were never any such questioned raised about Wilson.
The shortest quarterback ever to start a Super Bowl, Wilson has quietly been setting records of his own. He has the record for the most regular season wins in his first two seasons. He is currently tied with the most total wins, including post-season wins in his first two seasons, tied with Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger in the Super Bowl era.
In his young career, Wilson has a record setting passer rating over 100+ in his first two seasons. And, with a 3-1 post-season record, he has posted a 96.9 rating.
Seattle was the perfect fit for Wilson and he has been able to afford the Seahawks the ability to build a team around him, despite his age. Given the CBA that ended the labor strife years ago, rookie players cannot extend their initial deals until the expiration of the rookie deals.
Wilson makes less per year than Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning makes per game. That has allowed the Seahawks to go out and grab free agents such as DE Cliff Avril or Michael Bennett. WR Percy Harvin.
This is a Seattle team that needs to win the Super Bowl this year or next, before a plethora of players hit free agency and they become unable to keep the core of the team together. They have done a fantastic job of assembling this team, despite several questions that surrounded this team on draft day in recent years.
During interviews this week, Wilson does not seem fazed at all with the attention on the biggest sports stage in the world. He never gets too high, or too low. I have no doubt that he will be ready to play come Sunday in MetLife Stadium.
And he can become the fourth quarterback in NFL history to lead his team to a Super Bowl Championship in just his second season, right behind Kurt Warner, Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger. Not a bad group of quarterbacks to be associated with.
A return to the biggest game of the year is never guaranteed, just ask Dan Marino.