JERSEY CITY, NJ - JANUARY 26: Starting quarterback Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks addresses the media at the Westin Hotel on January 26, 2014 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Peyton Manning isn't the only NFL quarterback who broke records this year. The "other" quarterback in Sunday's Super Bowl has set a few high marks himself.
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Russell Wilson has more wins than any quarterback after his first two years in the NFL. Pittsburgh slinger Ben Roethlisberger won 22 games in his first two seasons; Wilson eclipsed that in 2012 and 2013 with 24 total wins. His teammates have no issue with the sophomore QB going up again a seasoned veteran in Super Bowl 48.
"The one thing I always say about him is he's so much more mature for his age," says Zach Miller, Seahawks tight end. "He plays like he's so much older and he doesn't make very many mistakes. If he makes a mistake, it's such a rarity and everyone kind of laughs about it. He's just so on point with his game plan, with his film study and everything he does is of a mature quarterback."
Wilson throws, and he runs. And he does both very well. In fact, he set a franchise record with back-to-back double-digit winning seasons for the first time in Seahawks history. He seems to be creating a new mold for NFL quarterbacks.
"It's kind of silly that it had to happen this way because the right thing is to get the best players out there to play and whatever the results show, that basis is the basis for your opinions of guys," Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said. "Unfortunately, that hasn't happened, but I'm really grateful that we've figured that out with Russell. He just kept being Russell and he showed us what he was all about. So I think it has had an impact."
Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate added: "The best thing [about Wilson] is [that] not all the time you're going to be open [and] sometimes the defense is going to guess correctly and have the right coverage, but he can extend the play with his legs and at that point for me it's kind of like playing backyard football. [You just have to] find a way to get open. That's one thing I really like. Although we call one play, it can turn into another play because he's so blessed in the way he can scramble and run around.so blessed in the way he can scramble and run around. I would say that."
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