How Russell Wilson became a superstar NFL quarterback for the Seahawks
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How Russell Wilson became a superstar NFL quarterback for the Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is making a case for Most Valuable Player for the 2019 season, vaulting himself from a third-round pick to superstar quarterback.

Wilson began his college career at NC State, where he played at for three season before transferring to Wisconsin for his senior season. In college, Wilson threw for 11,720 yards and 109 touchdowns.

Seattle took Wilson with the 75th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, unaware it would have one of the winningest quarterbacks of all time. Wilson was expected to be the backup quarterback under Matt Flynn, who had just signed a three-year, $20.5 million deal in the offseason. But in a surprise move, head coach Pete Carroll elected to role with Wilson as the starting quarterback.

Wilson’s first season with the Seahawks resulted in an 11-5 season, where he threw for 3,118 yards, 26 touchdowns, and 1o interceptions. Seattle would lose to the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Divisional Round.

Wilson would begin to lead the Seahawks year after year, as well as behind one of the best defenses to play together. In only his second season at quarterback, Wilson would lead the Seahawks to a 13-3 season. Wilson threw for 3,357 yards, 26 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. Seattle would blow out the Denver Broncos 43-8 in the Super Bowl.

Wilson and the Seahawks would make the Super Bowl again the following season, but lose to the New England Patriots off the infamous Malcolm Butler goal line interception.

A dynasty looked imminent for the Seahawks, but it never developed after the loss to the Patriots. But this didn’t throw a wrench in Wilson’s career, who remains a steady force for the Seahawks despite the lack of talent around him in recent seasons.

Wilson’s best season as a pro came in 2015, when he threw for 4,024 yards, 34 touchdowns, and only eight interceptions.

Wilson is best known for his circus-style plays, dancing around the field and escaping the pocket to find receivers open for chunk yardage plays. While Wilson may not light up the scoreboard like Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes or Green Bay Packers superstar Aaron Rodgers, he is still one of the most exciting players to watch, especially when the fourth quarter comes around.

In eight seasons as the quarterback for the Seahawks, Wilson is 84-38. Wilson also has 28 game-winning drives, the most in the NFL since Wilson entered the league.

Wilson was rewarded for his play by the Seahawks with a four-year, $140 million contract that will keep him in Seattle through the 2023 season.

At age 31, Wilson is showing no signs of slowing down, as he has thrown for 2,937 yards, 24 touchdowns, and only three interceptions going into Week 14 of the 2019 NFL season.

Wilson is making a compelling case to be named MVP, even with Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson and Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey putting together record-breaking seasons.

Seattle currently stands with a 9-2 record and one of the best teams in the NFL. While it’s unknown if Wilson will win MVP, one thing is, he will always keep the Seahawks in the game and be one of the toughest quarterbacks to go against.