Russell Wilson was nominated for an ESPY for Breakthrough Athlete of the Year. The last time the Seahawks were nominated for an ESPY was in 2011 for Best Play; which was the greatest TD run in NFL playoff history, a/k/a BeastQuake. Unfortunately for the Hawks, the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team won the Best Play ESPY for Abby Wambach’s header goal to win the match against Brazil in double-overtime for the quarterfinal of the World Cup.
Wilson’s competitors for the accolade are 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick, Texas A&M QB Johnny “Football” Manziel, Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, and Angels outfielder Mike Trout.
Russell Wilson is a breakthrough athlete on so many levels. According to the “experts” during the draft and the NFL regular season, he was too short to play QB in the NFL. He proved them wrong. But I am jumping ahead in the story, Russell Wilson wasn’t even supposed to be a starter in 2012. All the “experts” believed that the heir apparent to be the Hawks starting QB would be recently signed free agent Matt Flynn. Once again, Wilson proved them wrong and earned the starting job.
Not only did Wilson earn the job, he led the team to an 11-5 record which was the third best record in franchise history. The turning point in the season came when Wilson willed his team to an overtime win against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in Week 13 by scoring TD’s on 97 and 80 yard drives. After that moment, the Seahawks offense exploded. Wilson ended the regular season with 26 touchdown passes, which tied Peyton Manning’s record for most touchdown passes by a rookie.
The Hawks earned a wildcard playoff appearance which was against the Washington Redskins and the media’s golden boy RG3. The Hawks had not won a road playoff game since 1983. A lot of people and “experts” believed the Hawks couldn’t win on the road, especially on the east coast. The game started out rough for the Hawks by finding themselves in a 14-0 deficit. The Hawks turned the page and scrapped their way back into the game. The Hawks won their first road playoff game in 30 years.
Wilson found himself on the road again the following Sunday. This time against the Atlanta Falcons. We all know how that story ended. Wilson was incredible in the game.
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