The following article was written by guest contributor Tommy Shlug.
The city of Seattle has been blessed with some great athletes in their respective sports.
From the diamond to the basketball court, you can think of several players that helped Seattle become known in the sports world. Whether it was Gary Payton and the Sonics or Ken Griffey Jr. and the Mariners, Seattle has seen some tremendous athletes represent their city.
In this present day, there is one athlete that is well on his way to becoming a living Seattle sports legend and should be regarded as such.
That honor goes to Seattle Seahawks’ QB, Russell Wilson. The 7x Pro-Bowler and 1x Super Bowl champion has been a fan favorite in Seattle ever since touching the gridiron back in 2012.
It’s interesting to look back and see the QB’s selected before Wilson in the draft. RGIII went to Washington, Ryan Tannehill went to Miami 8th overall, and Brandon Weeden was another failed attempt at making the Cleveland Browns competitive again. It’s safe to say that Seattle found a diamond in the rough and potential future Hall-of-Famer in the third round with Wilson.
He won multiple awards in the ACC and has led the NFL in many categories throughout his career. However, there is one award that Wilson has not won that he currently has his sights set on: MVP.
Yes, despite the consistency from Wilson in the NFL, he has never won MVP in the league. With Seattle sitting atop the dominant NFC West at 5-1, he is finally in the discussion to win the NFL’s most prestigious individual award.
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) October 26, 2020
According to Betway Sports (as of October 24th), Wilson is the clear favorite to win regular-season MVP. Listed at -125, he is ahead of former MVP winners or nominees Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers, and Lamar Jackson.
Right now, only Mahomes (+400) and Rodgers (+600) are in question to challenge Wilson, judging solely by odds. Both the Chiefs and Packers own a loss on the season, which has helped Wilson in the MVP race.
The Seahawks wouldn’t need to go undefeated for Wilson to capture MVP, however. If the Packers and Chiefs take another loss this season before the Seahawks take their second, that will sway the MVP voters.
It’s almost unbelievable that Wilson has never received a single MVP vote in his eight-year career. That’s right, as good as Wilson has been throughout his career, he has not received love from MVP voters. He didn’t receive a vote in 2015 when he had the highest QB rating in the NFL. When the Seahawks were the top seed in the NFC in both 2013 and 2014, Wilson received no MVP love either.
Wilson has routinely said that his most important goal is to win football games and another Super Bowl championship. But while Wilson remains humble in the fact that football is a team game, fans and analysts are powering up the Wilson hype-train for him.
Wilson is apart of a sad club of QB’s that have made multiple Super Bowl starts without earning a single MVP vote. Joining him are Jim Plunkett, Ben Roethlisberger, and Eli Manning.
The Seahawks’ QB is on the verge of breaking records in his MVP bid as well. With 22 touchdown passes in his first six games, he would have need one more against the Arizona Cardinals to break Peyton Manning’s record for most passing touchdowns through a team’s opening six contests.
Manning would go on to win the MVP award in 2013.
QBs with 20+ Pass TD in First 6 Games in NFL History:
2020 Russell Wilson
2013 Peyton Manning <<
2007 Tom Brady <<
1996 Brett Favre <<
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— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) October 26, 2020
Wilson leads the NFL in passer rating (119) and touchdown percentage (10%). He also ranks second in completion percentage (71.2%).
NFL.com is all aboard the Wilson-MVP train as well. Wilson is rated as NFL.com’s number one MVP candidate, stating that no one has a stronger MVP case than him.
It will be interesting to see how the remainder of the Seahawks’ season unfolds. Even if Wilson doesn’t break more records, he will still be a top candidate as long as he remains consistent.
He has pulled away from the pack and is on the verge of his first MVP award. If Wilson is as good as he was in the first six weeks of the season, he has a strong case. Wilson MVP 2020 is on everyone’s mind, and nothing can change that but Russell himself.