Russell Wilson may have never received an MVP vote in his career but his fellow players give him his well-deserved recognition.
The Seattle Seahawks quarterback was ranked as the second-best player in the NFL in the 2020 edition of the NFL Top 100, a ranking of the league's best 100 players as voted by NFL players.
Highest ranking for a Seahawks player in 10 years. ✅— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) July 30, 2020
Eighth straight year on the #NFLTop100List. ✅
Comes in at No. 2 on this year's list. ✅
The accolades continue to pile up for @DangeRussWilson.
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Here's what those that have had to go up against Wilson had to say about the greatest player in Seahawks history.
“He’s a guy that can get very creative after the first option is not there. It’s hard to tell what’s a designed and what’s not by design, " said Minnesota Vikings safety Anthony Harris, who led the NFL in interceptions in 2019.
“He’s like a chicken in the chicken house, man, he’s just running...” added Packers linebacker Za’Darius Smith.
“He’s unguardable," says Tamba Bay wide receiver Mike Evans.
“He’s almost a running back except with a killer arm. You can have an avalanche coming towards him and somehow he does that little half-circle spin," recalls Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan.
In 2019, Wilson was one of the favorites to win MVP before Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens ended the season as the league's best record at 14-2. Jackson who beat out Wilson for the 2019 MVP Award, also was ranked as the NFL's best player in the NFL Top 100.
The Seattle signal-caller finished the regular season with 4,110 yards passing, 31 touchdowns and only five interceptions with a completion percentage of 66.1%. He also ran 75 times for 342 yards and three touchdowns.
Jackson threw for 3,127 yards, 36 touchdowns, and just six interceptions while running for 176 times for 1,206 yards and seven touchdowns.
While Jackson definitely deserved to win MVP in 2019, is he really better than Super Bowl Champion Russell Wilson? The Seahawks have made the postseason in all but one season under Wilson, including two NFC Championships and one Super Bowl. Additionally, in the six postseason appearances with Wilson under center, the Seahawks have won at least a game five times.
Contrast that with Jackson who has made the postseason both of his years in the league, but has yet to win a game, including losing to the sixth-seeded Tennessee Titans at home in the Divisional Round last year.
In two postseason games, Jackson has averaged 279.5 yards passing on 51.14% completion, 1.5 touchdowns, and 1.5 interceptions per game. Wilson averages 240.8 yards passing on 62.26% completion, 1.53 touchdowns and 0.73 interceptions per postseason game.
If the game is on the line in a win-or-go-home scenario, do you want Wilson, who has led 21 comebacks and 28 game-winning drives in his career, or Jackson who has led one comeback and three game-winning drives?
In the mind of Russ' teammates and the 12s, there's no doubt who you'd choose. Just ask D.K. Metcalf.
Top 2 Not 2 https://t.co/LWKITErOQt— DK Metcalf (@dkm14) July 29, 2020