Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson has a standard comeback for those who think he’s too short for the NFL: Is Drew Brees too short?
Wilson, who measures in at 5 feet, 10 and 5/8 inches, knows that plenty of people question whether a quarterback that short can make it in pro football. But he says he plays the game a lot like Brees.
“We’re watching tons of film on Drew Brees,” Wilson said today on SportsCenter. “He’s my favorite player. Watching a guy like that, who’s this much taller than me [holding his thumb and forefinger half an inch apart], there’s not too much of a difference.”
Wilson said he models himself after Brees in “his leadership, his attention to detail, his consistency on a daily basis, and more than anything his competitive nature.”
Height hasn’t held Brees back, and Wilson says it won’t hold him back either.
“It hasn’t hindered me at all,” Wilson said. “I can make every single throw. I play tall in the pocket. I have a high, quick release. My height doesn’t define my skill set. . . . I play like I’m a 6-foot-2 or 6-foot-3 quarterback.”