Since Russell Wilson entered the league back in 2012, he has turned heads. The third-round pick out of the University of Wisconsin beat out NFL veterans Matt Flynn and Tarvaris Jackson for the Seahawks starting quarterback position. And Wilson has been the signal-caller ever since then. Fast forward eight years later, he has led the Seahawks to back to back Super Bowl appearances in 2014 and 2015. He knows what it is like to win the big dance and what it is like to lose in the big dance.
Throughout his eight-year career in the league has been selected to the Pro Bowl six times. However, during those seasons where he earned that honor, he has never received an MVP vote, including this past season. In which, he was considered the front runner for the award through the first apart of the season. Baltimore Ravens quarterback would take home the honor and becoming the first unanimous winner in NFL history.
So, how does a signal-caller that is always in the playoffs picture never receive a single vote for MVP? Deeping on who you ask, they might say its because of where he is playing. The Seahawks have only had one player to win the award, and that was Shaun Alexander back in 2005.
NFL legend turned football radio host for CBS; Tiki Barber will tell you it is baffling and disrespectful. Barber was a guest last week on the Scoop B Radio Podcast with Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson and shared that he felt, Wilson was very underrated.
“At the end of the day, a team that has a quarterback who interestingly never gotten an MVP vote, but is always in the MVP conversation; I mean, it’s baffling the disrespect that Russell Wilson gets. Maybe the most underrated quarterback in the NFL these days. But a team that has a Russell Wilson – who is always going to find a way to create and make plays happen, has a chance in the NFL. So I like their team, I like that they’ve built their offensive line a little bit, their run game has always been a big part of it; but more importantly Pete Carroll, he’s a chameleon,” said Barber.
“No matter what happens with his team, how the team evolves and changes around him, he keeps that college feel. It’s hard to do in the NFL because it’s a bunch of grown men making big boy money and you try to keep them feeling collegiate – we’re all in this together type of thing,” Barber said. “It’s not about I gotta go get mine; we’re all in this together. And it stems from Russell Wilson obviously, but it’s also Pete Carroll and how he manages the team and allows them to have some independent autonomy.”
Barber would talk continue by talking about at the beginning of Wilson’s career was overshadowed by the ‘Legion of Boom,’ but in recent years, Russell has been the face of the team.
“It was famous when they won the Super Bowl with that defense. They were vicious with each other. You forget that they were vicious with the opponents, but they were vicious with each other, and they let it all hash out on the practice field or in the meeting rooms, so there was never unfed acrimony, and so much of that is leadership. So, given Russell, given Pete Carroll, I like where they sit; the challenge is just like the NFC East is a tough division, the NFC West is REALLY tough, because Arizona’s coming; the Rams have been good for the last couple of years, I think the Rams may take a step back; San Francisco was in the Super Bowl last year, they have good talent… the NFC West is going to be one of the tougher divisions in football this year.”