COMMENTARY | In my lifetime, Gale Gilbert, Kelly Stouffer, Jeff Kemp, Stan Gelbaugh, Glenn Foley, John Friesz and Charlie Frye have all failed miserably while quarterbacking the Seattle Seahawks. Dave Krieg and Matt Hasselbeck experienced some level of success throwing passes in Seattle, but even their stints with the franchise were marred. No player in NFL history has fumbled the football more times than Krieg, and when Hasselbeck first came to Seattle he seemed well suited to be a pitchman for Rogaine products, not a NFL quarterback.
The Seahawks are an organization starving for a franchise signal-caller. They have been since 1976, sadly, the same year they joined the NFL.
Dictionary.com defines savior as a person who saves, rescues or delivers. By any definition, Russell Wilson has been Seattle's savior this season. Wilson has given Seahawks fans something they haven't experienced in recent memory, hope. With Wilson at quarterback it's OK to dream big. You can say "Super Bowl" out loud in Seattle without being ridiculed. You can watch the team play on Sunday without fear of the quarterback single-handedly costing them a victory. The numbers speak for themselves.
Through 13 weeks Wilson has completed 63 percent of his passes for 2,344 yards and 19 touchdowns. Pro-rate his touchdowns total over a 16-week schedule and Wilson would finish the year a single score shy of Peyton Manning's rookie record for touchdown passes in a season. Wilson has completed a higher percentage of his passes and thrown for more touchdowns than Rookie of the Year frontrunner, and number one overall draft pick, Andrew Luck. Wilson has also tossed eight fewer interceptions than Luck. That's not to diminish what Andrew Luck is accomplishing in Indianapolis this season, but it does highlight how incredible Russell Wilson has been for the Seahawks.
Wilson's rookie performance has gone largely unnoticed nationally for much of the year, lost in the immense shadow of Luck and fellow rookie Robert Griffin III. But after dismantling the Chicago Bears in Soldier Field, Wilson's NFL stock is ascending rapidly.
The Seahawks have finally found their quarterback of the future who also happens to be awfully good in the present. Wilson makes being a Seahawks fan fun again. Our children no longer need to be embarrassed for using the Seahawks on Madden 13'. Fantasy football owners don't have to avoid Seattle's offense like it was a bad cold. Wilson makes the Seahawks relevant.
Seattle has finally found its franchise quarterback. Russell Wilson is the Seahawks' savior.
Nolan M. Rose currently lives in Soldotna, Alaska with his wonderful girlfriend and dog. Nolan writes a weekly football column for the Peninsula Clarion newspaper and covers the Seahawks extensively on his personal blog, Talking Squawk!