Russell Wilson Standing Tall
Before the 2012 season, when Russell Wilson led the Seattle Seahawks out of the tunnel on week 1, there had been only 6 other quarterbacks under 6 feet tall to start in an NFL game since the 1970 NFL merger. Wilson grew up always being told that he was too small to play quarterback but he never let it stop him, he did not let his limitations define him, rather he became better because of them.
Wilson attended N.C Sate from 2008-2010, where he played both football and baseball. On the baseball diamond, he had a batting average of .282 while obtaining an RBI on 44% of his hits. On the football field he was named the ACC Rookie of the year after his freshman season and became the first freshman QB to be named to the All-ACC team.
Even after being drafted, playing 93 games in the minor leagues and experiencing success playing at N.C. State, Wilson decided to play his last year of football eligibility at the University of Wisconsin in 2011. He led the Badgers to an 11-2 record and a Big ten championship before losing in the Rose Bowl to the Oregon Ducks. Aside from the 11 win season, Wilson had managed to play, arguably the greatest season of any quarterback in Big ten history.
Wilson threw for 3,175 yards, 33 Touchdowns and only 4 interceptions. He set an all-time college football record for proficiency, with a completion percentage of 72.8% and a quarterback rating of 191.8. He was named to the All-Big Ten team and was named Big Ten Quarterback of the year. After his senior season of football, Wilson decided to pursue a career in the NFL rather than the MLB, for now.
Wilson was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks with the 75th pick overall (third round) in the 2012 NFL draft. There were 5 other quarterbacks drafted ahead of him, 4 were drafted in the first round and 1 in the second. The names called ahead of his were that of Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Ryan Tannehill, Brandon Weeden and Brock Osweiler.
After 4 college seasons, Wilson had thrown for 11,720 yards, 109 touchdowns and only 30 interceptions. The quarterback with the next best numbers was RGIII (Robert Griffin III) with 10,366 yards, 78 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. Out of the other 3 drafted before him, none threw for more than 9,400 yards or 82 touchdowns. The only reason for Russell Wilson being drafted so late was his height (5’11).
Only two of the quarterbacks selected before him have played in all 32 games since being drafted (Tannehill, Luck). Wilson has more TD’s, less INT’s and a QBR (quarterback rating) higher than both of them. Wilson has taken the criticism and the motivation of being drafted later than deserved and turned it into success. He led the Seahawks to an 11-5 record as a rookie while tying only Peyton Manning for most touchdowns thrown by a rookie QB (26) and setting a new NFL record for passer rating by a rookie (100.0). He made the pro bowl and was named NFL Rookie of the Year. Beginner’s luck? I don’t think so.
In 2013, Wilson proved early that there would be no sophomore slump for him and his Seahawks. They started the season 4-0 for the first time in franchise history and would finish the season with a 13-3 record. They would win their division and earn the #1 seed in the playoffs. Wilson had finished the season with a passer rating of 101.2 becoming the first quarterback in NFL history to have a 100+ rating in his first two seasons. He was named to his second consecutive pro bowl and would lead his Seahawks to Super Bowl XLVIII to face the prolific Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.
Russell Wilson would throw for 206 yards and 2 touchdowns in a 43-8 victory. He became only the second black quarterback to win the Super Bowl and the third youngest to do so (age 25). The only two QB’s to win the Super Bowl at a younger age, were Tom Brady at the age of 24 and Ben Roethlisberger at 23. After Brady’s victory in 2002, he and Roethlisberger combined to appear in 6 of the next 8 Super Bowls. A path in which the determined Russell Wilson hopes to follow.
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About This Build
This custom Russell Wilson ProPlayer Chair Super Bowl 48 Edition was one of two custom chairs we made for Milan over at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) for a special Super Bowl Party being held at Slots at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto. Click the link to learn more about the other custom chair we made for this event (Peyton Manning ProPlayer Chair Super Bowl 48 Edition) and see how this whole thing came about!
The 2 custom Super Bowl 48 chairs were delivered to Slots at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto on Saturday February 1, 2014 – one day before the big event. It didn’t take much time for the chairs to start garnering attention from staff and other visitors making deliveries at the same time as we were delivering the chairs. Despite all of the past times we’ve seen the amazement on people’s face the first time they see one of our custom chairs I have to say it never gets old! If anything, these 2 chairs generated a little extra reaction thanks to the anticipation and excitement surrounding the big game which was less than 24 hours away.
Milan came down to greet me and was absolutely amazed at the final product. He was quick to point out that the pictures didn’t do the chairs any justice (they never do) and that the two Official Super Bowl 48 “The Duke” Footballs that we had displayed at the bottom of each chair were the icing on the cake. He informed us that the chairs would be ‘facing off’ on a raised stage that was made to look like a football field. These 2 custom beauties would be the centrepiece of an elaborate display and more importantly each would be a grand prize for 2 lucky VIP Guests!
In the end, the event was a huge success despite the fact that Super Bowl 48 didn’t really live up to the hype. The Denver Broncos and it’s number one ranked offence faced off against the Seattle Seahawks and it’s number one ranked defence in a game that pitted the number one seed from each conference against each other in the league championship for just the second time in 20 seasons. If nothing else, Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks proved once again that ‘defence wins championships’ as they handily defeated Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos 43-8 to become the Super Bowl 48 Champions!
- VERSION: Russell Wilson ProPlayer Chair Super Bowl 48 Edition
- STYLE: Modern
- TEAM: Seattle Seahawks
- JERSEY: Nike Home Jersey
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