Russell Wilson in 10 years? An unbelievable look ahead
Don Farrar, 70, is retired and living in Bothell. The lifelong Raiders fan wrote a mock Wikipedia entry for Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, projecting how it might read in 10 years.
After the 2012 season, Wilson spent the entire offseason studying the playbook and became a legendary quarterback. Wilson paid Jon Gruden to make him a better quarterback. The Seattle quarterback's workouts and throwing regimen became legendary.
When the 2013 regular season started, Wilson was ready. Seattle unseated San Francisco as NFC West champion and was the No. 1 NFC seed in the playoffs.
As the Seahawks marched through the regular season, Wilson put up astounding numbers. The other 31 NFL teams wondered why they didn’t draft Wilson, and a few NFL executives were fired because they had missed such an obvious talent by using irrelevant “measurables” such as height. Pro football scouting would never be the same.
In the playoffs, Wilson destroyed opponents and finally brought Seattle its first Super Bowl victory. Wilson’s play-calling became extraordinary, and the hurry-up offense that Seattle used flustered opposing defenses.
Wilson was the NFL’s Most Valuable Player for 2013 and the Most Valuable Player in Super Bowl.
The Seahawks signed Wilson to a 10-year contract, making him the highest paid player in league history. The amount of money wasn’t specified, but the contract stipulated that Wilson would get a raise 30 days after any player in the NFL signed a bigger contract. He signed secret covenant with Seahawks owner Paul Allen, that he would take a 30 percent pay cut if the Seahawks did not make the playoffs.
The Seahawks went on a Super Bowl rampage that saw them break the record for consecutive Super Bowl appearances. Seattle appeared in five straight Super Bowls, winning four of five.
During the run to Super Bowl LII, the Seahawks put up the second perfect season for an NFL franchise, culminating in another blowout win in the Super Bowl.
The only Super Bowl loss for Wilson was Super Bowl L. The Seahawks didn’t have a particularly good defense that year, and Wilson had to outscore opponents. In one of the most exhilarating games ever played, Super Bowl L had no punts and only two field-goal attempts. The Miami Dolphins attempted the first one, and it put the Dolphins ahead, 59-56, with 27 seconds left.
No problem for Wilson. Starting from his own 13-yard line, calling his own plays, and all three time outs remaining, he carved up the Dolphins’ secondary, as he had done all day. He got the ball to the Miami 34-yard line, with seven seconds left, and called the Seahawks’ final timeout. The Seahawks field goal unit marched onto the field and kicked a field goal, with one second remaining. Tie game.
But, wait, a flag was on the field. Personal foul, Seattle. The ball moved back to the Dolphins’ 49-yard line, too far for a field goal, with one second left. Wilson’s offense lined up in a conventional formation, then shifted into one that the Seahawks had never used.
Miami was out of timeouts, and in the defensive confusion, Wilson found an open receiver, who dropped the pass in the end zone. In typical Wilson fashion, he took the blame, saying that it was a bad pass.
Wilson became only the second player to win a Super Bowl MVP while playing for the losing team.
After missing the playoffs in 2018, due to a midseason injury to Wilson, the Seahawks came back to win Super Bowls LIV and LV.
Wilson unexpectedly retired after Super Bowl LV, saying that he had other goals in life and wanted to walk away while still healthy. He eschewed the normal pretexts — wanting to spend more time with his family, give back to the community (which he had been doing anyway) — and hinted at a political career.
Upon the announcement, coach Pete Carroll also retired, as did general manager John Schneider.
Wilson retired as the highest ranked quarterback in NFL history. His Super Bowl exploits may never be equaled: six Super Bowl wins in eight years, seven Super Bowl appearances in eight years. The NFL renamed the Vince Lombardi Trophy the Russell Wilson Trophy.
The Seahawks placed a 15-foot bronze statue of Wilson in front of the main entrance to Russell Wilson Stadium.
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