About Russell


Records & Awards

  • Super Bowl XLVIII Champion (Seattle Seahawks 2013-14)

  • 5x Pro Bowler (2012, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018)

  • 7 -Time NFC Player of the Week

  • Tied for Most TD passes by a rookie in NFL history (26)

  • Most Wins by a Quarterback in his First 7 Seasons (75)

  • First QB to have five consecutive games with 3+ TDs and 0 INTs

  • Best 5 Game Streak in NFL History with 19 TDs and 0 INTs

  • Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year

  • Seahawks Single Season Passer Rating Record (110.1 - 2015, 110.9 - 2018)

  • Seahawks Single Season Passing Touchdown Record (34 - 2015 & 2017, 35 - 2018)

  • Seahawks Single Season Passing Yards Record (4,219 - 2016)

  • Seahawks Single Game Passing Yards Record (452 - 2017)

  • Seahawks Most Touchdowns by a Quarterback (196)

  • Steve Largent Award (2012, 2018)


Russell's Career Narrative

At the high school level, Russell Wilson led the Collegiate School to three consecutive state titles, from 2004 to 2006. He was the RTD Player of the Year in both 2005 and 2006 for football, and he was recognized as First Team all-state for three consecutive years.

During his college career, Russell started for North Carolina State University for three seasons, throwing for 8,545 yards and 76 TDs. In 2008, he was the first-ever freshman to receive First Team All-ACC honors for a QB. And in 2009, he set the NCAA record for most passes attempted without throwing an INT – 389. After a very successful outing at NC State, he transferred to the University of Wisconsin in 2011, where he threw for 3,179 yards, 33 TDs and just 4 INTs. He led the Badgers to a winning season capped off by an appearance in the Rose Bowl, and received First Team All-Big Ten. In addition, Russell Wilson broke the NCAA record for most consecutive games with a TD (38) and the highest pass efficiency rating in NCAA history (191.8).

Russell was selected in the third round (75th overall) of the 2012 NFL draft by the Seattle Seahawks. He won the starting job for the team during preseason and led the Seahawks to an 11-5 regular season record, and to the divisional round of the playoffs. He tied the NFL record for most touchdown passes by a rookie with 26, and had the fourth-highest pass rating in the league (100.0). In December, he posted a 115.2 passer rating, earning him NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month for his efforts. Russell closed out his rookie campaign with an appearance at the 2013 Pro Bowl, and an impressive 3,118 yards passing (completing 64.1% of his passes) and 489 yards rushing (with 4 TDs). 

In 2013 he threw for 3,357 passing yards, while also rushing for 539 rushing yards, scoring a combined 27 TDs. Russell led the Seahawks to a 13-3 regular season record and the NFC West title. He secured the conference’s No.1 playoff seed and capped off the season with an incredible 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. Becoming only the fourth quarterback to win a Super Bowl in his second season.

In 2014, Russell surpassed his previous season yard totals, as he threw for 3,475 yards and rushed for 849 yards, while scoring a combined 26 TDs. The Seahawks ended the season on a 6-game winning streak that helped them land another NFC West title, and a spot at the playoffs. Russell closed out his third year as the starting QB for the Seahawks with an impressive comeback performance in OT against the Green Bay Packers, winning 28 – 22, securing a 2nd consecutive appearance at the Super Bowl (XLIX). He became the first quarterback to start two Super Bowls in his first three seasons. The following year, he continued to improve his individual stats, posting 4,024 passing yards and 34 passing TDs. He led the Seahawks to a 4th consecutive play-off appearance since he won the starting job back in 2012, and posted a 110.1 passer rating. He ended the year with an appearance at the 2015 Pro Bowl.

In his 5th season with the Seahawks, 2016, Russell threw for a career-high of 4,219 passing yards and 21 passing TDs, leading the team to another NFC West Division title (the 3rd one under his lead), and a 5th consecutive playoff appearance. In 2017, he made a significant impact by accounting for 86.4% of the Seahawks scrimmage yards of the season (3,983 passing and 586 rushing); which is the highest such percentage by a player in Super Bowl era. His 34 passing TDs and 3 rushing TDs drove him to become the TD leader of the year (all across the league), and established himself as the first QB in the history of the NFL to have a winning record each of his first six seasons. He capped off the year with an appearance at the 2017 Pro Bowl.

Last year, 2018, Russell led the Seahawks to another winning season and playoff run. He finished with 35 touchdowns and a 110.9 passer rating, both personal and franchise bests. He also set career franchise records with most quarterback regular season wins (75) and most touchdowns (196), and capped off the year with his fifth appearance at the NFL Pro Bowl.