Seattle Seahawks quarterback, Russell Wilson made history quite a few times in their Week 18 win over the Cardinals. First, he joined elite company as he and Peyton Manning are the only quarterbacks to have over 3,000 passing yards in each of their first 10 seasons. He also passed Dan Marino for second-most passing touchdowns in a player’s first 10 seasons (291). Lastly, he solidified his certified winner status as he surpassed Peyton Manning for as the winningest quarterback in NFL history through a player’s first 10 years.
Not to mention, Wilson missed a handful of games due to his finger injury. Our quarterback has been featured in a lot of headlines this season. In the beginning of the season, many questioned if Russ wanted to really be in Seattle. Halfway through the season — after sustaining an injury — many weren’t sure when Wilson would be able to return to the field. Towards the end of the season, many began bidding their farewells to Russell Wilson. Through it all, he rose above. He remained poised and focused on being in the moment.
Week after week, he reiterated how much he loves Seattle and how he prays to finish his career as a Seahawk. Now, as we enter the offseason, reports are surfacing that the Seahawks have no interest in trading Russell Wilson. The point is there was a lot of noise and chaos surrounding this team throughout 2021. But, leadership accounts for so much in this league. I know a 7-10 finish isn’t exciting and certainly isn’t the standard in Seattle. Nonetheless, the Seahawks never gave into the noise. They never quit on their coaches or teammates.
Everyone continued to buy in and poured more stock into themselves. We saw the intensity they played with in Week 18. This game really mattered to them. Whether it was Russell Wilson bullying his way into the end zone, or Darrell Taylor and Carlos Dunlap harassing Kyler Murray on the defensive end. This game meant a lot to the Seahawks. They wanted to prove something to themselves. Great leaders set the example and reinforce that example day in and day out. The result of that: everyone else buys in regardless of the circumstances.