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September 7, 2012 at 10:03 AM

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Russell Wilson and the history of Week 1 rookie starters

Russell Wilson's rise to starter no surprise for those that knew him
By Danny O'Neil | The Seattle Times

Russell Wilson's foray into baseball was short-lived
By Larry Stone | The Seattle Times

There was nothing automatic about Russell Wilson's path to Seattle's starting job. That's not just to talk about the odds he has overcome as a sub-6-foot quarterback, but the professional options he had. I think it's fascinating to think what kind of baseball player he might have been, and how hard that decision must have been -- little more than a year ago -- to pull the plug on that path and play a senior year of college football at a new school.

Now, he's here in Seattle, prepared to start the Seahawks' season-opener. Here's a look at how the past 12 rookie quarterbacks to start Week 1 fared:

YearPlayer (Team)Week 1:Comp.-Att.YardsTD-INTRatingResult
2011Cam Newton (Panthers) 24-374222-1110.4Loss, 21-28
 Andy Dalton (Bengals) 10-15812-0107W, 28-21
2010Sam Bradford (Rams) 32-552531-353.1L, 13-17
2009Mark Sanchez (Jets) 18-312721-184.3W, 24-7
 Matthew Stafford (Lions) 16-372050-327.4W, 17-13
2008Joe Flacco (Ravens) 15-291290-063.7W, 17-10
 Matt Ryan (Falcons) 9-131611-0137W, 34-21
2005Kyle Orton (Bears) 15-281410-152.8L, 7-9
2003Kyle Boller (Ravens) 22-431521-157.5L, 15-34
2002David Carr (Texans) 10-221452-178.8W, 19-10
2001Chris Weinke (Panthers) 13-222231-189.8W, 24-13
 Quincy Carter (Cowboys) 9-19340-214.5L, 6-10


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I am pumped up to see Wilson in his first start. I watch a lot of college football and... MORE
I hope RW doesn't pay attention to any of these stats and just goes out and plays his game MORE
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