Russell Wilson makes history

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Quarterback Russell Wilson entered the NFL in 2012, as a third-round draft pick who had transferred from N.C. State to Wisconsin. He was too short to be a star quarterback; so short that he was drafted after a punter.

Eight seasons later, Wilson has done something that no other quarterback in the 100-season history of the NFL has ever accomplished: He has led his team to a winning record in each of his first eight NFL seasons.

It started in his rookie year, when Wilson surprisingly supplanted free-agent acquisition Matt Flynn. Regarded as a bold move by coach Pete Carroll at the time, those who were there as it happened insist that the bold move would have been to stick with Flynn, because Wilson was clearly the better option, from the get go.

From 11-5 to 13-3 to 12-4 to 10-6 to 10-5-1 to 9-7 to 10-6 to now 9-2, eight straight years of above .500 football for the Seahawks, and Wilson is the one on-field constant for a team that has been to the playoffs six times and the Super Bowl twice since he arrived.

It’s an amazing accomplishment, one that bolsters a potential Hall of Fame case even if he were to never play another game. But play more and more games he surely will; he has said on multiple occasions that he intends to play until he’s 45. By then, who knows how many more winning seasons he will have authored?

More than enough to get to Canton on the first ballot.

39 responses to “Russell Wilson makes history

  1. A great player whose coach at nc state tried to limit, unbelievable how things can work out when you believe in yourself & wont accept no for an answer.

  2. Russell Wilson is an example of what disciplined hard work and a positive attitude can do. He continues to work at improving his game every offseason, and he works during every off-shift during the game to get better. You will never see him standing around on the sidelines picking his nose or just watching the action on the field, a la Cam or Baker or Goff.

  3. What impressed me the most when Russell came into the league was that, while he could run very effectively, he would protect himself to lessen the number and severity of hits that he took. And that is a lesson that all ‘athletic’ quarterbacks need to learn. You can’t help your team if you’re not on the field.

  4. Fun fact….Mike Glennon replaced Wilson at NC state as their QB. I believe Wilson transfered from NC State to Wisconsin over an issue of him wanting to play baseball and football not necessarily because he was beaten out.

  5. The only detractors are caused solely by the Seahawks Fan base. Not the players themselves. When the fanbases of the 31 other teams all dislike you, perhaps it’s time for an attitude shift.

  6. Bob. Just Bob. says:
    November 25, 2019 at 11:17 am
    Russell Wilson is an example of what disciplined hard work and a positive attitude can do. He continues to work at improving his game every offseason, and he works during every off-shift during the game to get better. You will never see him standing around on the sidelines picking his nose or just watching the action on the field, a la Cam or Baker or Goff.
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    Completely Agree. My only addition to your post, is that I have always been impressed with his demeanor on the sidelines. You can’t tell if the Hawks are up by 10 or down by 10, he is always positive.

    Go Hawks!

  7. donttrollonme says:
    November 25, 2019 at 11:39 am
    The only detractors are caused solely by the Seahawks Fan base. Not the players themselves. When the fanbases of the 31 other teams all dislike you, perhaps it’s time for an attitude shift.
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    You could make this argument for literally any and every fan base of any and every pro sports franchise that has ever exited.

    Every teams’ fans are homers at heart and believe that opponents get more calls, their guys don’t get enough attention/respect, etc.

    To try and limit these type of things to JUST the Seahawks’ fan base is hilarious.

  8. It is a league that values what have you done for us lately. Russell Wilson’s last 6 playoff games have netted Seattle a win-loss record of 2 wins and 4 losses, beginning with his end zone the Butler did it interception. Two of his wins came when he beat Detroit, a team that has not won a playoff game for ages, and when Blair Walsh missed a chip shot, last second field goal. So, he may be inducted into the HOF for his one Super Bowl win (with an asterisk because the league refused to call defensive holding for that one special season and for the entire Supre Bowl game) and his amazing record of 8 straight winning seasons (I am sure it is a record that Patrick Mahomes will almost certainly break), but in my book he is just another good quarterback who has a Super Bowl ring because of luck.

  9. Well, Russell still has no playoff win since the legion of boom was dismantled. So this will be a prove it year.

  10. luckily for Russell the leagues shortest owner (Danny Snyder) didn’t draft him…he might have have coaxed one winning season out of the clueless NFL Washington franchise…

  11. Andrew Luck is a better QB than Russell the Short. If Luck had stayed healthy, he could have equaled and surpassed Wilson’s record, even though he never had a defense that was anything close to the one Seattle had in 2011-2014. Lamar Jackson, if he stays healthy, will likely surpass Wilson’s record because he is a better pocket passer than Wilson. He does not have to scramble around to get his receivers open. There is one record that Wilson will never break, and that is Tom Brady’s 6 Super Bowl rings. Wilson will not even come close to the 4 rings Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw have.

  12. The Denver Broncos drafted Brock Osweiler in the 2nd round, way ahead of Wilson. Brock stood 6′ 7″ tall. We all know how this worked out. Scouts who claimed Wilson was too short are probably in the same unemployment line as Brock.

  13. californianewton says:
    November 25, 2019 at 12:01 pm
    It is a league that values what have you done for us lately.
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    I totally agree. So the FACT that Wilson has the Most WINS since entering the NFL is the BEST example of “what have you done for me lately…”

    Go Hawks!

  14. Pete Carroll and a generally very good defense have a lot to do with it. Wilson is a top 5 QB, but he doesn’t get the wins by himself.

  15. Best compliment this 49er fan can give Wilson is to say I hate him. He is a spectacular player. Not matter how he is defended, he finds a way to squirt out and make a spectacular pass or run. He’s ruined many a game for me!

  16. That is such an amazing stat.

    Another one I did see today was that since him and Pete have teamed up they have only lost by more than double digits 3 times. The next closest team was the Patriots at 8 times in that period.

    Wilson is in a game you are never out of it.

  17. Even though this may be his best statistical season, the last two games show that even though when he isn’t at his best, he just finds a way to help his team to win. They say that qb wins aren’t a real thing, and I mainly agree, but there are a few exceptions, and he is one of them, all he does is win.

  18. I’m not sure my hometown team has ever beat this guy, and unfortunately I don’t expect them to win next Monday night either.

  19. credit to Carroll (2nd best coach) and the guy the drafted in the first round that year. Wagner is a top 2 MLB, is Wilson a top 2 QB? Nope..

  20. Andrew Hampton says:
    November 25, 2019 at 6:24 pm
    credit to Carroll (2nd best coach) and the guy the drafted in the first round that year. Wagner is a top 2 MLB, is Wilson a top 2 QB? Nope..

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    First off, Wagner was a 2nd round pick, not a first. Second, while Wilson may not be one of the top 2 QBs chosen to build a team around (but that is highly debateable), you would be hard pressed to find a GM who wouldn’t put Wilson 3rd or higher. Wilson has proven extremely durable despite getting hit more than any QB in the league, more accurate than any QB this side of Brees, and efficiency to rival Rodgers in his best years. Simply put, Wilson does more with fewer opportunities than any QB in the league, and no one else is even close. Other GMs know that the only limitation on Wilson’s game is the OC’s he’s had to play with every year of his career. He could thrive in any offensive system, and his consistency regardless of the changing cast around him is second to none.

  21. Wilson is the one on-field constant for a team that has been to the playoffs six times and the Super Bowl twice since he arrived.
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    C’mon Florio, you know 5 time Pro Bowler Bobby Wagner is a big part of the Seahawk’s success, too.

  22. ramsfandango says:
    November 25, 2019 at 2:54 pm
    Wilson has chance to beat the 9ers 3 times this season if Hawks get in with WC.

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    If Wilson beats the 49ers three times this season, it will be the Niners getting in with the WC, not the Seahawks.

  23. californianewton says:
    November 25, 2019 at 1:28 pm
    Andrew Luck is a better QB than Russell the Short. If Luck had stayed healthy, he could have equaled and surpassed Wilson’s record, even though he never had a defense that was anything close to the one Seattle had in 2011-2014. Lamar Jackson, if he stays healthy, will likely surpass Wilson’s record because he is a better pocket passer than Wilson. He does not have to scramble around to get his receivers open.

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    “If” is a big thing for you. Part of Wilson’s greatness has been his durability despite a playing style that no one with a similar style has been able to either stay healthy or play with Wilson’s consistency. Just two years ago, the Eagles were thought to be set as the next dynasty, only to crumble. The Rams were young & set to compete for years to come, and now they’re an afterthought in the NFC West. Consistency of winning is harder to maintain than anything in the NFL. Mahomes & Jackson are the toast of the town today, yet Wilson has already done everything they want to do and has been doing it for 8 years, not just two like Mahomes & Jackson. Luck was a gifted QB, but brittle. Time will tell if Jackson can match Wilson’s durability, but that can hardly be taken for granted. If it was a simple thing to produce 8 winning seasons to begin a career, with all the great QBs to play before Wilson, someone else would have done it in the last 100 years. Winning in the NFL is never easy.

  24. ramsfandango says:
    November 25, 2019 at 2:54 pm
    Wilson has chance to beat the 9ers 3 times this season if Hawks get in with WC.
    +++
    Seattle will probably be a wild card but, they have a chance to win the division. They’d probably have to win out for that to happen. Which means S.F. would have to visit Seattle in the playoffs, because they’d be the wild card team.

  25. californianewton is Russell’s biggest fan. Always on the Seahawks boards hyping him up. Kinda cute how he idolizes him so.

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