Russell Carrington Wilson was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on November 29, 1988. A quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, he led the team to victory in their first ever Super Bowl appearance at the end of the 2013 season. Wilson has been named to the Pro Bowl on two occasions and was named as the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year for 2012.
In his youth, Wilson went to Collegiate School in Richmond, Virginia and quickly developed a strong reputation, being named as an all-state player and featuring in an issue of Sports Illustrated. He originally attended North Carolina State University, where he was named the ACC Rookie of the Year. In 2011, he transferred to the University of Wisconsin, where he led the Wisconsin Badgers to the Big Ten Football Championship and was named as the Big Ten Quarterback of the Year.
During the 2012 NFL Draft, Wilson was chosen 75th overall by the Seattle Seahawks and saw off competition from Matt Flynn and Tarvaris Jackson to become the team's starting quarterback in his rookie year. He successfully led the Seahawks to the postseason, where they eventually lost in the Divisional round to the Atlanta Falcons. Over the course of the year, Wilson tied with Peyton Manning for the all-time record for most passing touchdowns in a rookie season, with 26. He was subsequently selected as an alternate for the Pro Bowl.
In his second year, Wilson enjoyed even greater success, leading the team to a 13-3 record and the NFC West Division Championship. He became the first quarterback in the modern era to post a passer rating of 100+ in both of his first two seasons. Wilson was named to his second Pro Bowl and guided the Seahawks to victory in the NFC Championship Game, beating the San Francisco 49ers 23-17.
As a result, the Seahawks reached Super Bowl XLVIII, the first Super Bowl in the franchise's history, where they met the Denver Broncos. Wilson threw for 206 yards and provided two touchdown passes as his team cruised to a 43-8 victory. As a result of his 28 wins across 2012 and 2013, he set a new record for the most wins ever recorded by a quarterback in his first two NFL seasons.
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