Wilson pleased with debut campaign
Posted February 1, 2013
New Orleans — In his rookie season, former NC State and Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson was overshadowed nationally by top picks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, but the 5-foot-11 signal caller was the last remaining first-year starter standing in this year’s postseason.
Trailing the Atlanta Falcons 27-7 in the fourth quarter, Wilson guided a comeback that saw the Seattle Seahawks take the lead in the final minute. At that point, Wilson said he thought that not only the game, but the Super Bowl was within reach.
“It was as calm as possible; I told everyone, ‘We’re going to win this game. We’re going to capitalize, we’re going to win,’” Wilson said Friday while joining Adam and Joe in radio row from the Super Bowl in New Orleans. “That game would have gone down as the greatest comeback in playoff history if we had won. I thought we would have a shot, but it didn’t work out that way. Hopefully next year.”
The loss wasn’t Wilson’s final snap of the season though. The rookie was named an alternate for the Pro Bowl and filled in after injuries forced all three selected NFC quarterbacks out of the contest.
“It was an amazing experience to be in the Pro Bowl as a rookie. It was awesome,” Wilson said. “Where people told me I wouldn’t be able to play in the National Football League, a lot of hard work, dedication and a tribute to my football team as well.”
People told Wilson a lot of things before this season. One of those was that he was too short. Another was an uneducated assessment that he was a running quarterback.
“They know I’m not a running quarterback,” Wilson countered. “I like throwing the football, I actually don’t like running. It’s a skill of mine that I can do, and it’s great to have, it extends plays. But when I’m scrambling and escaping outside the pocket I’m trying to look for someone downfield. When I do run it, it's just get a positive gain.”
Wilson was named the Vizio award winner this year. An award voted on by the fans as the top value performer in the league. For the honor, Wilson was given a Vizio tablet loaded with Windows 8. Said Wilson, “It’s pretty awesome.”
With awards season right around the corner, it is not out of the realm of possibility that Wilson will also get some nods for the NFL Rookie of the Year. Whether he actually he wins the award or not, Wilson said that he is happy with his debut campaign.
“Hopefully, we’ll see what happens,” Wilson said. “Either way, it was a spectacular rookie season for me. I pray I win it, but we’ll see.”