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Russell Wilson Is The Most Important Black Quarterback In NFL History

The king of the comebacks is finally getting his due for being an all-time great.

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In consecutive weeks, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson orchestrated two overtime wins against the Tampa Bay Bucs (40-34) last week and the undefeated San Francisco 49ers  (27-24) in thrilling fashion on Monday Night football.

That 4-year $140 million extension that he signed last Spring is an example of money well spent. No one can accuse Wilson of being one of these overpaid, stat-stuffing, win-nothing quarterbacks.

Talented pigskin slingers like Matt Ryan, Mathew Stafford, Kirk Cousins, and the like post numbers, but when the game is on the line, you never know with these guys.

Except for that ill-fated, ill-advised Red Zone pick in his second Super Bowl, Wilson has been perfect in the big moments. Even Mariano Rivera gave up a walk-off hit to Arizona in the World Series. Every GOAT contender also has that moment of crushing defeat. How that athlete rebounds from it reveals his or her true champion pedigree.

Sidenote: 

That’s why my verdict on Mike Tyson’s career is still inconclusive. He destroyed those who he knew he could. But If you beat him, he never came back and beat you. He might bite your ear off though.

Russell Wilson continues to prove on the big stage, that he’s one of the greatest quarterbacks in history, but he’s undoubtedly the most important quarterback of this generation.

His success as a Black, undersized, dual-threat quarterback has shattered any myth about the viability of such quarterbacks and he’s done more to usher out the era of the drop back, pocket QB than anyone.

When Doug Williams broke the NFL quarterback barrier by winning the Super Bowl over a powerful Denver Broncos team led by John Elway in 1988, he automatically became a cultural symbol of excellence and further proof that the myth about the intellectual ineptitude of the Black quarterback was a load of racist bunk.

The world would have to wait 25 years to see another Black signal-caller raise the Lombardi Trophy in the air, as a young, underrated and underappreciated Wilson led Seattle to the promised land.

It has been five years since Wilson’s second Super Bowl appearance, which should have made him a back-to-back champion if not for the gross ineptitude of OC Darryl Bevelle and HC Pete Carroll. Russ remains Carroll’s saving grace as a 68-year-old NFL coach.

Together, they have been to the top of the mountain and the bottom. Russ still plays with a chip on his shoulder that will never go away.

 

Back then, the Black quarterback was becoming pretty normal — Cam Newton was anointed, RG3 who was drafted two rounds before Wilson at the top of the 2012 Draft hit the scene like a comet and fizzled like a dud Roman candle. Colin Kaepernick’s dual-threat abilities took San Francisco to Super Bowl XLVII in 2015.

It wasn’t all gravy because we still had archaic football minds like Bill Polian doing everything they could do to stop the evolution of the position and discredit NFL-ready studs like Deshaun Watson and Lamar Jackson.

When RG3’s career was derailed by injuries, that also stunted the dual-threat era a bit. Closet racists would point to RG3’s career as an example of why mobile (code word for Black QBs) couldn’t sustain success at this level. With Cam Newton’s recent deterioration, those whispers resurfaced again.

Pat Mahomes‘ MVP season in 2018, the success of LJ and a burgeoning crop of Black quarterbacks have made 2019 a historic year in the NFL.

The only consistent element in the NFL’s roller coaster opinions about multi-threat signal-callers has been Russell Wilson.

Black quarterbacks have come and gone since he was overlooked in the 2012 Draft. The quarterbacks picked No. 1 and No. 2 that season are no longer relevant. RG3 is a cheerleader and Andrew Luck retired.

Wilson has gone on to have a Hall of Fame career. When it comes to consistency, durability and clutch leadership, he’s risen to the top of the NFL class. The numbers speak for themselves. Every quarterback from little Kyler Murray to backup Teddy Bridgewater can thank Wilson for their opportunities.

He’s the ultimate winner

Russ has the most wins by a quarterback in his first seven seasons in NFL history. Wilson is one of five quarterbacks with 75 or more wins in any seven-season span of a career. Tom Brady is the only other player who has done this.

Nobody’s as clutch in the fourth quarter.

Besides being one of two quarterbacks in NFL history with a career passer rating of 100 or more, Wilson throws TDs at an all-time rate. His 28 career game-winning drives in 4th quarter or OT is tied for most in the NFL since 2012.

Russ Is Money On Monday Night Football

Wilson is 8-2 on MNF and won the 30th prime-time start of his eight-year career. His 24-5-1 record is the highest win pct. of the 28 QBs with 10-plus prime-time games since 2012, per NFL Research. He has thrown 57 TDs, 15 picks and notched a 106.1 passer rating in such games.

Wilson continues to be the front runner for MVP. He’s finally getting his due as a giant in the game.

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