For much of last season, Russell Wilson was one of the perennial candidates in the NFL’s “Most Valuable Player” race.
But despite accumulating an incredible list of records and milestones, being named to a seventh Pro Bowl, picking up the first All-Pro honor of his career, and being named MVP by Pro Football Focus, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback has never received an MVP vote since entering the NFL.
Let that sink in.
Wilson will once again look to prove the doubters and naysayers wrong in 2020. According to Caesars Sportsbook, Wilson has the fourth-best odds at 12-1 to win the coveted MVP award next season. Super Bowl champion Patrick Mahomes is the consensus favorite, while 2019 MVP Lamar Jackson is 13-2 at Caesars to win the award again. Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is next at 9-1.
AP NFL MVP odds now out at Caesars:— Ben Fawkes (@BFawkesESPN) May 11, 2020
Patrick Mahomes +400
Lamar Jackson +650
Dak Prescott +900
Russell Wilson 12-1
Tom Brady, Kyler Murray 16-1
Drew Brees 20-1
Aaron Rodgers 25-1
Deshaun Watson 28-1
Mitchell Trubisky 250-1
Let’s just call it what it is. Russell Wilson is being disrespected. He said it best himself in a surprise appearance on 710 ESPN Seattle’s Tom, Jake and Stacy show.
Come on? No votes at all? What more do I have to do around here, huh? I’m just saying, can we get a few votes here or there? Why not? - Russell Wilson
There’s no legit reason for why Wilson didn’t receive a single MVP vote last season, or any of his eight seasons for that matter. He helped lead the Seahawks to the franchise’s first-ever Super Bowl and will undeniably be a first-ballot Hall of Famer when his career comes to a close.
The Seahawks are clearly Wilson’s team and his success as one of the NFL’s few undersized and mobile quarterbacks has given Seattle a bright future for years to come.
Last season, Wilson completed 66.1 percent of his passes for 4,110 yards, 31 touchdowns and a career-low five interceptions and his passing yards were the second most of his career, second best in franchise history and sixth in the NFL in 2019.
This is just another feather in his cap at this point, but not many predicted Wilson, a third-round pick, would be the first quarterback in the entire 100 years of the NFL to have eight winning seasons beginning with their rookie year as a starter.
He’s already cemented his legacy as the greatest signal caller in Seahawks history. What’s it going to take for Wilson to finally get the “valuable” consideration he deserves? For some reason, he still seems to be underrated by most.
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