Could 2021 be the year that Russell Wilson finally receives the overdue recognition he is due, and in doing so win the NFL MVP award for the 2021 season? It is pretty much beyond comprehension that Wilson has never even received one single vote for league MVP in his career to date.
Despite being seen by most as a shoo-in for the hall of fame, this lack of recognition during his career just makes no sense at all.
It seems his consistent superb level of performance over a number of years has counted against him for some reason, whereas others that have had single-season spikes in their performance, such as Cam Newton, Lamar Jackson and even Patrick Mahomes, have been able to win MVP awards.
Russell Wilson will win the NFL MVP this season
I wonder if Russell Wilson is a victim of his own excellence. Do the voters come to place their vote, and be drawn to vote for other candidates as excellence is just expected from Wilson, just as the Seahawks making the playoffs every season is also expected?
Apart from Wilson’s rookie year in 2012, when Adrian Peterson won the MVP award, a QB has won it every year, but never Wilson, not even one measly vote has come his way, despite being rightly recognized as an elite QB throughout that time.
Which begs the question, why?
It is not like he is unpopular or unliked in the game, or has any off-field incidents that have tarnished his reputation. Eight Pro Bowl appearances in a nine-year career to date and last year’s Walter Payton Man of the Year award indicate exactly the opposite. Or has he just been unlucky to find one better than him for the last nine seasons?
Possibly, but I think the higher expectancy level people apply to Wilson than other QBs is a key factor in why he has not secured an MVP award to date.