Russell Wilson 9th Seahawk on top 100 list

August, 27, 2014
Aug 27
12:55
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RENTON, Wash. -- Quarterback Russell Wilson is the ninth player for the Seattle Seahawks to make ESPN.com's countdown of the top 100 offensive and defensive players, coming in at No. 26.

Wilson moved up 21 spots from his 2013 ranking, which one would expect after leading his team to a Super Bowl victory in only his second NFL season.

And he would garner a better ranking if not for the unfair perception by some people that he is only a game manager, sort of a point guard on the field who gets the ball to the right people and rarely makes a mistake.

Wilson certainly does those things, but he is also a pin-point accurate passer with a strong arm and is a dangerous runner who makes things happen with his ability to avoid pass-rushers.

ESPN Stats & Information shows Wilson was fourth in the NFL last season in yards per pass attempt at 8.3, and had the most scrambling yards at 434.

Few quarterbacks in NFL history has accomplished as much as Wilson in their first two seasons. His 24 victories are the most in league history for a quarterback's first two seasons. His .750 regular-season winning percentage (24-8) is second best among all active QBs. Only New England's Tom Brady is better with a .775 winning percentage (148-43).

Wilson is the fourth offensive Seahawk on the ESPN.com countdown, joining center Max Unger (84), offensive tackle Russell Okung (65) and receiver Percy Harvin (50).

The five defensive players listed so far are defensive tackle Brandon Mebane (94), outside linebacker Bruce Irvin (87), defensive end Cliff Avril (57), middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (41) and defensive end Michael Bennett (34).

Terry Blount

ESPN Seattle Seahawks reporter

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