Fresh off celebrating his 31st birthday on Friday, we have news about the highest paid NFL quarterback ($35 million/year), Russell Wilson. Wilson has become the ONLY quarterback in NFL history to have a winning season in his first 8 seasons as a starting quarterback. This may come as a surprise to some, being a Black man at a white dominated position where the expectation is that Black quarterbacks are run-first players. Names such as Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Joe Montana, Joe Namath, Brett Favre, and Johnny Unitas (just to name a few) come to mind when thinking about quarterbacks that are winners, but none have done so at the consistent level Russell Wilson has. Even the NFL.com reporters ranked Wilson at number 18 all time right before the start of this season and he is JUST entering his prime years. We can only imagine this will go higher once this season wraps up.
Since 2012, Wilson has started every game for the Seahawks, with a record of 84-38-1. During this time, Wilson has only missed the playoffs in the 2017 season. In 2014, he led the Seahawks to a commanding super bowl victory over the Peyton Manning led Denver Broncos with a score of 48-3. The following season, Wilson led the Seahawks back to the Super Bowl, but lost a close game to the Patriots. Wilson has never lost three consecutive games in his career as well, being able to bounce back and help his team to a win when their backs are against the wall.
Currently, Wilson is one of two Black quarterbacks who are leading favorites to win the NFL MVP award for 2019. So far this season, Wilson has 2,397 passing yards, 24 passing touchdowns, three rushing touchdowns, and has only thrown three interceptions, the least in the league among starting quarterbacks.
Tonight, Wilson has a chance to get the Seahawks to first place in the NFC ahead of the 49ers. While with a win, both teams will be tied with 10-2 records, Seattle takes the first place spot because they beat the 49ers head to head earlier this season. Congrats Russ, keep up the excellent play!