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12/31/2012 3:33:00 PM
Outlook Soapbox - Russell Wilson for Rookie of the Year
Erik Pague

Considering I live about 200 miles from Seattle, I don't have much reason to write about the Seahawks. In fact, I haven't since I started working here. But, the way these guys have been playing lately has proven to be too tempting for me to pass up.
Unfortunately, this piece will go to press before the highly anticipated game between the Seahawks and 49ers Sunday, but as I'm writing this, I'm literally giddy with how it's going to play out. As of last Sunday's game against Buffalo, rookie quarterback Russell Wilson has made his mark in the NFL with football intelligence comparable to veterans like Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. He's that good.
Standing at "only" 5-foot-11, many looked over the QB in the draft earlier this year on account of his stature. I'm pretty sure they all feel pretty foolish considering he's helped lead his team to a 9-5 record and huge blowouts - all while playing with a 95.5 quarterback rating this season.
He's been asked to do a lot this season, in a place the nation doesn't automatically recognize as being great in professional sports. In the beginning of the season, you could tell there wasn't much attention being paid to him, but recently, big names in the sporting world have realized what he's accomplished and are giving credit where it's due. Just last week, ESPN Radio's Colin Cowherd predicted the Seahawks taking on the Patriots in the Super Bowl.
Turn on any sports-related TV show or listen to the radio and you mostly hear about Wilson's fellow rookies Robert Griffin III or Andrew Luck. Both are extremely good players, but Wilson has had to work harder to make his presence felt in the sports world. But that's the thing about Wilson, he's professional enough to realize being a media darling isn't what's important - winning and helping your team are.
With 2,697 passing yards, 21 touchdown passes and nine interceptions, Wilson has the stats to show for his hard work. If he played as consistently on Sunday, there's no reason to expect he can't shoot to the front of the pack this week.
As a lifelong Seahawks fan, I'm excited to see our team with a quarterback worthy of such an achievement. Watching him play, scrambling in the pocket, making passes and their version of the option is a lot of fun to see. With a versatile quarterback like Wilson, the Seahawks' future looks bright and it's good to see a flash of hope from the usually bleak Seattle professional sports landscape.

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