Russell Wilson is NFL's real MVP

Aside from the troubling recurring suspension of players for violations of the NFL's drug policies, the Seahawks are a stable organization owned by one of the richest men in the world, Microsoft co-owner Paul Allen. Their facilities are pristine. Coach Pete Carroll has surrounded himself with competent, creative coaches, including offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and quarterbacks coach Carl Smith. John Schneider is a smart general manager, who along with Carroll, has built a supremely deep and talented roster top to bottom.

The Seahawks' defense is scary good. The offense has playmakers, even though they still haven't been at full strength. The offensive line has been adequate. And Wilson has fit right in.

The knock on Wilson coming out of college was that he was too short. But beyond his size, Wilson had every intangible you could want. He was voted a captain at Wisconsin just weeks after landing on campus. He comes from a stable, two-parent family. His father was an athlete. His brother and sister are athletes.

And he also endured adversity both on and off the field.

His father died in 2010 after a lengthy battle with diabetes. At North Carolina State, Wilson was forced to choose between playing football or minor league baseball. He didn't necessarily want to transfer to another school; he felt he had to.

The physical attributes were all there. Wilson is a gifted athlete with an admirable work ethic instilled in him when he was a kid by his father.

"Everybody raves about him," Riddick said. "He generally works hard and tries to be the best he can be. He's an All-American kid. He's smart off the field. He's functionally smart on the field and a mentally tough kid. He's been through a lot. He never gets out of sorts on the field and understands what's going on and reacts accordingly.

"He has everything except one thing going for him: height. Don't be shocked if he eventually becomes a Hall of Fame quarterback."

Only two quarterbacks have been the NFL MVP as early as their second season in the league -- Marino and Kurt Warner.

Wilson is young, but he is also deserving of the award. Manning will probably win it, but Wilson should.

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