Russell Wilson admits he’s not the best quarterback at this stage of his career, but that doesn’t mean he thinks that he couldn't be when his career eventually ends.
“Why can't I be the best quarterback to ever play the game one day?” Wilson told ESPNDallas.com this week while in Texas to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Wednesday’s Rangers-Phillies game. "I'm not right now. I've got a long way to go. But one day, you know?"
The attitude is not surprising. One of his rallying cries in the Seattle Seahawks 2013 Super Bowl campaign was “Why not us?” – an ode to his father who used to tell him, “Why not you?”
In Seattle’s run-first offense, Wilson is not asked to do as much as with his arm as Peyton Manning, Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers. But, what if the greatest quarterback conversation is about more than just passing yards?
If it’s about wins, Wilson has proven he’s the best ever in that category. His 28 overall wins is the most for a quarterback in his first two seasons.
Wilson has also shown he can step up to throw the ball more when asked. In the 2012 playoffs, he threw for 385 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 60 more yards, bringing Seattle back from 20 points down to take the lead over the Atlanta Falcons in the final minute. But Atlanta quickly drove downfield and kicked a game-winning field goal with 8 seconds left.
Wilson says he’s staying in touch with his teammates in the offseason, adding that they still have the hunger to repeat as Super Bowl Champions.
If that happens, it would be another notch to add to his candidacy for best of all time. In the 48 years of the Super Bowl, a team has won the title in consecutive years eight times. The last time it happened was 10 years ago by the New England Patriots.