Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 1/3/13
There were four quarterbacks who outlined the 2012 NFL Draft. Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Brandon Weeden, and Ryan Tannehill all made headline after headline coming into the season. Russell Wilson's only headlines were about if he will get drafted and that he is too short or is he an NFL quarterback. Let's fast forward to the season. Russell Wilson led his team to an 11-5 record. Remember this is from a guy that was suppose to be a backup to Matt Flynn, a free agent acquisition that was signed for a multi-million dollar contract. Russell Wilson passed for 3,118 yards 26 touchdowns (which happens to tie the rookie record for TDs with Peyton Manning 1998), 10 interceptions. He also rushed for 489 and 5 touchdowns. His QB rating was 100.0. Well you might say RG3 stats only had five picks or Luck threw fro 4,374 yards. Here is what separates them. Griffin really never had to endure adversity. He played well which he shouldn't be punish for. Luck went through adversity, but he continued to struggle with interceptions. Yeah he had comebacks but other than Green Bay, they were against Detroit, Kansas City, Miami. and Tennessee twice who's bad play kept Luck in the game.Wilson went through adversity only to bring himself out of it displaying great maturity. Wilson suffered through a period where he tossed seven picks in four games. His next eight games he only squandered away two picks and had seven passer ratings over 104.4 in that span. What really puts Wilson over the top is his poise. He has the poise of a Joe Montana. Yep, that's what I said-- Joe Montana. He never gets rattled. People say the Green Bay Packers game was lucky but he actually drove them down there to put them in that spot. He out played Rodgers two touchdowns to none. He out played Tom Brady (Wilson 3 TDs, 0 INTs; Brady 2 TDs, 2 INTs) and beat the New England Patriots on a game-winning drive.But his profound moment was the away game against the Chicago Bears. Wilson, down by 4 with 3:45 left in the game, orchestrated a 97-yard drive to go ahead of the Bears. After the Bears tied the game up sending it to overtime, Wilson conducts a 80-yard game winning drive for a TD. This is the game where he actually catapult himself for Rookie of the Year talks. He  also is the the first quarterback to lead his team to 150 points in a three game span, pounding their opponents  58-0, 50-17, and 42-13 (against San Francisco 49ers). With all due respect to Luck and Griffin, Russel Wilson has literally strong armed himself to be the Rookie Of The Year.
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