Christian Quarterbacks: Past, Present, and Future- Russell Wilson
Today is part 2 in my 3-part series of Christian Quarterbacks. Yesterday was about one of my favorite players, Tim Tebow, and today is about one player currently in the NFL who proclaims his love for Jesus, that man is Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks.
Russell Wilson went to college at North Carolina State from 2007 through 2010, but transferred to Wisconsin for the 2011 season. Wilson’s first and last season at Wisconsin was by far his best. He threw for 33 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions. His season at Wisconsin led him be one of the top quarterbacks in the 2012 draft, but he fell all the way to 3rd round to Pete Carroll’s Seattle Seahawks. But the NFL wasn’t Wilson’s first professional sports gig.
Russell Wilson was, and still is, a two sports athlete, playing football and baseball. He played both sports at the high school and collegiate levels respectively. Wilson was drafted in the 41st round of the MLB draft by the Baltimore Orioles, but turned down the offer to go to college because he felt it was more important to get an education. Wilson played baseball at North Carolina State from 2008-2010. When Wilson was drafted by the Colorado Rockies, he went and played two seasons with the Rockies single-A affiliates. He played extremely well enough that he got an invite to Rockies spring training, but he declined to pursue his NFL career.
Russell Wilson had led the Seattle Seahawks to 2 consecutive Super Bowls, winning in 2014 over Denver and losing in 2015 to New England. Wilson has had one of the best young careers out of his fellow quarterbacks taken from the 2012 draft. Wilson’s passer rating was 100.0 in his rookie season, which beat the previous rookie record held by Ben Roethlisberger of 98.1. Wilson also tied Peyton Manning’s rookie record with 26 touchdowns.
Wilson has had outstanding success in the NFL in his 3 seasons, but Wilson’s most important attribute is his faith in Jesus. Wilson said that at 14 years old he had a dream and saw Jesus in it, and ever since Wilson has been on fire for God. Wilson isn’t as scrutinized as Tim Tebow is for his faith, but Wilson is still vocal about it. Wilson usually will begin a press conference by professing God’s name and giving Him the glory and praise. Wilson is a great role model for people to look up to, just like Tebow is. I hope that Wilson will continue to let God work through him and use Wilson’s platform to bring people to Him.
Stay tuned to find out who my final quarterback is in the series tomorrow!!!