FOOTBALL — 27 January 2015

Welcome to another edition of TAILGATE TALK: Why hasn’t Russell Wilson received the respect he deserves? With the Seattle Seahawks in yet another Super Bowl, Russell Wilson has his team on one of the best runs we’ve seen in recent NFL history. Russell Wilson has taken the Seattle Seahawks to the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs, helped the Seahawks win their first Super Bowl in franchise history and has his team on the brink of winning a second Super Bowl in just 3 seasons as a professional quarterback. Thats pretty remarkable!

Yet when the discussion of the elite quarterbacks in the NFL comes up, Russell Wilson is often left unmentioned. We discuss quarterbacks like Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees. With the exception of Tom Brady, Russell Wilson has the same number of Super Bowl championships as everyone of those quarterbacks and could potentially move ahead of them this Sunday. Wilson is 6-1 in the Playoffs and is 36-12 as a starting quarterback in the NFL. The guy simply wins!

 

Vince Lombardi Trophy presented to Seattle Seahawks

So why doesn’t Russell Wilson get mentioned along side of the top tier, elite quarterbacks in the NFL? His numbers are simply unimpressive in comparison to other big name quarterbacks. Wilson’s best season statistically, he completed 63.1% of his passes for 3,357 yards with 26 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. While his efficiency level is through the roof in his touchdowns to interceptions ratio, his numbers are short when you think about Drew Brees throwing for 5,000 yards or Peyton Manning throwing 50 touchdowns a season.

The cold hard truth is we live in a numbers heavy NFL where touchdowns are king and wins are secondary. Young quarterbacks like Matt Stafford and Andrew Luck are revered for their gaudy numbers yet have struggled with consistency. While guys like Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees set the bar in the NFL for how a quarterback is judged. These guys consistently are in Playoff contention and consistently put up Madden type statistics.

 

Peyton Manning ranks number 1 in NFL

So is it fair that Russell Wilson continues to be left out? Maybe not, but if he continues to win than his greatness will eventually be undeniable. Joe Montana, Troy Aikman and Terry Bradshaw all are perfect examples of guys who didn’t put up great numbers but simply won when it counted. Russell Wilson still has plenty of time to build his legacy and maybe one day instead of being lost amongst the elite, he will simply be remembered as winner.

Thats it for this edition of TAILGATE TALK: Why hasn’t Russell Wilson received the respect he deserves? Click the LIKE button and comment below or Tweet me @D_ScHramER34 with the #TAILGATETALK with your thoughts on Russell Wilson and whether you believe he is elite or not. I’ll see you at the Tailgate!

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