Russell Wilson on path to greatness


Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson recently revealed something about himself that we rarely see in public: his ego. When visiting with reporters at a Texas Rangers game the other day, he informed everybody in attendance that his goal was to be the best quarterback in NFL history. It was a statement that created an instant buzz the second it left Wilson's mouth. It's also one that doesn't seem that insane, especially when considering that Wilson already resembles a future Hall of Famer who makes his living in New England.

There are already too many eerie similarities between Wilson and Tom Brady to think Wilson isn't embarking on a career that could one day compare favorably with the New England Patriots legend. Both quarterbacks were largely overlooked coming out of college (with Wilson falling into the third round of the 2012 draft and Brady famously lasting until the sixth round of the 2000 draft). They also won their first Super Bowl in their second seasons, as Wilson just led Seattle to a victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. Wilson also has a strong defense and running game around him, which were the very assets that helped Brady blossom in his early years.

It's still doubtful that Wilson will be hoisting as many Lombardi Trophies as Brady did at the start of his New England career -- the Patriots won three Super Bowls in the quarterback's first four seasons as a starter -- but that doesn't mean greatness isn't in his future. Wilson already has played in two Pro Bowls and proven himself to be one of the best young quarterbacks in the league. As much as his current success still revolves around being an exceptionally talented game manager, you can't argue that the potential isn't there for bigger things. Brady was just as limited in the initial stages of his time in New England, right before the Patriots cut him loose on the NFL.

Many people tend to forget that aspect of Brady's brilliance. He didn't become the dominant quarterback he is today until after the Patriots won those three Super Bowls between the 2001 and 2004 seasons. Brady didn't even throw for 4,000 yards until his fifth year starting. He also didn't surpass the 30-touchdown mark until 2007, when he set a then-league record with 50 scoring passes.

The truth is that few people outside of New England saw Brady becoming what he is today. Bill Belichick built that dynasty with the help of a strong, veteran-laden defense and a running game that capitalized first on the power of Antowain Smith and later Corey Dillon. The Seahawks have the same blueprint for their own success. The only difference is that it's becoming more apparent that Seattle head coach Pete Carroll would be wise to allow Wilson to follow the same road that Brady traveled to success.

Seattle already has given Wilson one major playmaker in wide receiver Percy Harvin. There are other decent options at receiver, but it would be nice to see the Seahawks add another explosive weapon. Brady's biggest leap as a quarterback came when New England added Randy Moss and Wes Welker to that offense in 2007. The next thing you knew, Brady was running an offense that revolved around his talents and was torching defenses on an annual basis.

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