Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has been formidable ever since being drafted by the NFC West franchise in the third round of the 2012 draft. Now, it is time to call him one of the best the league has to offer. An elite quarterback.
It's always a mixed opinion on which quarterbacks should be classed as elite in the NFL, but most people agree that Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are in that category, with Drew Brees and Peyton Manning in or out depending on your opinion. Wilson should now be officially included as well because you simply can't argue against what he has managed to achieve so far in his career.
In his rookie year, he tied Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning's record of most touchdowns in a season by a rookie (26) and was named Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year.
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When the 2013 season came around, he led the Seahawks to their first-ever Super Bowl victory, and followed it up last season with another trip to the big game, only to come up short to the New England Patriots.
The 27-year-old won 42 games in total over his first three seasons in the league, which is more than any other quarterback has won in history and he is currently the second highest rated NFL passer of all time, just behind Aaron Rodgers.
He was rewarded for his efforts this year in July with a $87.6 million contract extension, making him one of the highest-paid players in the league and since then, he has been living up to that value.
The 2015 season didn't get off to the best of starts for the Seahawks, but Wilson has done his bit to help quickly turn that around. Prior to their bye week, the team was 4-4, but after their week off, they're 5-1 with five wins in a row.
During those five wins in a row, Wilson has excelled, and that's without the presence of top runner Marshawn Lynch. The former Wisconsin quarterback has thrown 19 touchdowns and zero interceptions in the last five, which is the most touchdown passes without an interception in a five-game span in NFL history, according to ESPN.
Over the last five games, Wilson has had a completion percentage of 70+ in each game, and a quarterback rate of 128+ in each game, putting him in contention for the NFL's MVP award.
Now with a record of 9-5, the Seahawks have clinched a playoff berth, their turnaround from the start of the season is complete. There's no doubt that Wilson is capable of leading the team during rough times for the years to come.
Because of his leadership and his skill over the first four seasons of his career, he must be considered an elite quarterback.