Russell Wilson played baseball and football for North Carolina State University in the year 2011 before transferring to the University of Wisconsin.
It was there that Wilson understood his position as a quarterback. He set the single season FBS record for passing efficiency at 191.8 and led the team to a Big Ten title and a 2012 Rose Bowl appearance.
He received the Big Ten Quarterback of the Year award and was named a third-team All-American by Yahoo! Sports.
It is obvious that Wilson has the credentials of a star quarterback, and yet he was not considered worthy to be a 2012 1st-round draft pick among Stanford’s Andrew Luck or Baylor’s Robert Griffin III.
Even Ryan Tannehill and Brandon Weeden were picked in the first-round. Why was he overlooked? Because the owners, coaches and sports experts could not see past his size. Standing at just 5’11”, he is the smallest among today’s quarterbacks. The average size of today’s quarterbacks such as Luck, Tannehill and Brady are both 6’4’’.
His speed was also overlooked compared to RGIII. Wilson ran a 4.55 in the 40-yd dash, while Griffin III ran a 4.41. Wilson was still faster than Luck, Tannehill and Weeden. With all that being said, here are the five reasons why Russell Wilson should be MVP over the Denver Broncos Peyton Manning or the New England Patriots Tom Brady.
1. His character and professionalism as team captain earns him the privilege.
It is a privilege to be named team captain in the NFL, and Russell Wilson holds that honor for the Seahawks. His encouragement to his teammates inspires them to work together as a team and be successful. His respect for head coach Pete Carroll is evident in each game he wins, taking great care and execution of the plays given to him. If he fails, he owns it and blames no one but himself. He leads by example, takes nothing for granted and appreciates everything that comes his way. He sees his role as an honor and treats it as such.
2. He plays for a high caliber team.
The Seattle Seahawks are 11-2 this season, with their latest loss coming from the San Francisco 49ers in Week 14, 17-19. They have already clinched their division. With weapons such as RB Marshawn Lynch, WR Golden Tate and TE Zach Miller on offense, Wilson’s success will continue to flourish. The defense has racked up 14 forced fumbles, 17 interceptions and 35 sacks, allowing Wilson to get on the field more and dominate their opponents.
In case you were curious, the Broncos' defense is slightly behind the Seahawks with 14 forced fumbles, 34 sacks and 15 interceptions. Both offense and defense are neck and neck, but it’s the quarterback making the right plays at the right time, that makes the difference.
3. He has quietly outplayed the much hyped quarterbacks.
For the past year Wilson has quietly outplayed the big names of Andrew Luck, Colin Kapernick, Robert Griffin III and Cam Newton. He is not about the hype or the accolades. He loves the game and gives 110 percent of himself to the game and to his team. Even though he has not thrown as many passing yards as Manning or Brady this year, the fact that he has led his team to an 11-2 record should be recognition enough. Out of 14 weeks, six of those weeks Wilson had a passer rating of over 100.
4. Numbers don’t lie.
At the age of 25, Wilson has produced numbers that have surpassed the greats. In less than two years in his NFL career, he has a 64.3 percent completion rating, 49 touchdowns and 17 interceptions, 5,989 passing yards and a passer rating of 103. He has also rushed for 947 yards with 5 rushing touchdowns.
Compared to Manning’s first two years, he had a 59.4 percent completion rating, 52 touchdowns and 43 interceptions, 7,874 passing yards and a passer rating of 81. In his entire career, Manning rushed for 697 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Tom Brady’s first two years, he had a 48.6 percent completion rating, 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, 2,849 passing yards and a passer rating of 64.4. In his entire career, Brady rushed for 769 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Neither one of these quarterback’s passer ratings in their first two years under center matched those of Russell Wilson.
5. He plays a no-frills game of football based on determination.
Wilson doesn’t just throw the ball and hopes it gets to his target. He is a student of the game of football and respects it. He like Manning, studies footage, because he understands that winning the season is not just something to prove, but involves 52 men who are all like-minded, intent on one purpose; to win the Super Bowl. Russell Wilson just needed the opportunity to show what he could do when given the tools and he has proven that so far this year.
Manning and Brady have had their shot at MVP and have worn the crown on numerous occasions. It is Russell Wilson’s turn to be among the greats, not just in the Pro Bowl, but based on his accomplishments in the league this year. He has earned that right without all the fanfare.
(All football stats in this article were verified on Pro-Football-Reference.com)