Originally written on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 9/23/14
Photo Credit: Rick Bowmer/AP The 2012 NFL Draft was one that was highlighted by two quarterbacks that were both worthy of being selected number 1 overall: Stanford’s Andrew Luck and Baylor’s Robert Griffin III. Well, who would have thought that with two weeks to go in the regular season a guy that was picked 75th overall by the Seattle Seahawks was the favorite to bring home the rookie of the year award? Never mind winning that award, but how about just starting under center? In the offseason the Seahawks signed Packer backup Matt Flynn to a three-year deal worth $19.5 million, with $10 million guaranteed. When a team makes that kind of acquisition you would assume that would strongly hint that he would be the starter. Head Coach Pete Carroll decided to make training camp interesting and have an open quarterback’s competition between Flynn, the 2011 starting quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, and Russell Wilson. Many assumed this was just a gimmick to get the competitive edge out of the entire team in the early stages of the season, but when it came time to name the starter Carroll picked Wilson, to the surprise of the entire football world. “This is an extraordinary kid,” Carroll said. “He just kept knocking us out with what he brought. The more competitive situation we put him in, the better he was. He just has a real knack for playing the game of football.” After high school Wilson was actually selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 41st round of the MLB Draft, but opted to pursue a college education at NC State. He played both baseball and football there and was very successful, especially at the quarterback position. In his three years at NC State, Wilson combined for 76 touchdowns and only 26 interceptions while throwing for over 8,500 yards. He was drafted in 2010 again, but this time in the 5th round by the Colorado Rockies. He would go on to play two years of summer baseball for their Single A affiliate, but struggled mightily. In his last year of eligibility he was granted his release from his scholarship and committed to Wisconsin for the 2011 season. Wilson was not highly known by the nation prior to the 2011 season, but he sure changed that. Wilson took over the Big Ten and was named First Team All-Big Ten by the coaches in media. He defeated Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship game and gave Oregon a run for their money in the Rose Bowl, but fell short 38-45.  Wilson finished the season with 33 passing touchdowns, which set the single season record at Wisconsin and was the second-most in Big Ten history behind Drew Brees during the 1998 season at Purdue. Wilson also set the single season FBS record for passing efficiency at 191.8. Photo Credit: Ron Chenoy/US Presswire Russell had been told throughout his career that he was too short to play the quarterback position, as it requires you to see over the tall offensive linemen during the game. He stands at just under 5 foot 11 inches, but always refers to how Drew Brees has become one of the best in the NFL despite his short stature. Wilson was not expected to be much in the NFL, but with his incredible work ethic, his undeniable talent, and his desire to be great, he has shocked the world. During the beginning of the season, Wilson was very inconsistent, which can be expected of a rookie. He played great in some games, while playing poorly in others.  For instance, when the Seahawks faced the Cardinals in week one he completed just over half of his passes with one touchdown and one interception en route to a road loss. But then in week six versus the Patriots he threw three touchdowns and no interceptions, finishing the game with just under 300 yards through the air. He led the Seahawks back from a 13 point 4th quarter deficit which included a game winning 46 yard touchdown heave with just 1:18 left in the game. With such erratic play, Wilson’s name was hardly mentioned in the same sentence as Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. With that being said, Seattle would win five of their next six games, including an impressive overtime road victory at Soldier Field against the Chicago Bears. During this successful stretch Wilson has tossed 11 touchdowns and only one interception. Over their last two games the Seahawks have put up 108 points combined, and to this point in the season are still undefeated at home. This Sunday night Seattle hosts division rival San Francisco in what could be a humongous game in determining the division champion. Seattle can clinch a playoff berth with a win, and what better way to do it than in front of your home fans, where you are undefeated, and against maybe the best team in football. This will surely be a statement game for both teams. Russell Wilson has finally started to receive credit for what an amazing season he is having. To think that this kid was considering playing baseball for the dismal Colorado Rockies rather than playing football is astonishing. He continues to prove all of his doubters wrong and has many thinking he can win the rookie of the year. At the start of the season it was a foregone conclusion that either Luck or RGIII was going to take home that prize, but the simple thought that Wilson has become possibly the favorite to win this award, never mind in the running is simply amazing. In a year with so many incredible stories like Adrian Peterson’s or Peyton Manning’s, one now has to mention Russell Wilson’s. -Huberman
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