Russell Wilson is the Seattle Seahawks’ starting quarterback. He’s a rookie quarterback. And he’s a playoff quarterback.
Just don’t call the 5-foot-11 Wilson an undersized quarterback.
“I think the biggest thing is my height doesn’t define my skill-set,” Wilson said. “I believe that my separation’s in the preparation and that really helps me play on Sundays.”
Wilson and Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, share plenty similarities, including both being rookies who can run with the ball. Both have taken their teams to the playoffs and are in consideration for NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year aware.
Still, Wilson said, “He’s a little bit taller than me.” For the record, Griffin is listed at 6-2.
Wilson isn’t worried about the height disparity between himself and other NFL quarterbacks.
“I don’t even think about it, to be honest with you. I’ve been playing at this height my whole entire life,” Wilson said. “And so I think that for me I just try to play tall in the pocket, have a high, quick release, throw the ball on team, trust my reads, trust my preparation.”
Wilson, 24, talked up his expansive college experience, including starting 50-plus games at N.C. State and Wisconsin, and now 16 in the pros.
He threw for 3,188 yards, a 64.1 completion percentage and 26 touchdowns in his rookie year with the Seahawks. Wilson also ran for 489 yards and four touchdowns.
Those numbers make it easy to for everyone to forget all about 5-11.
“I always believed in myself and I have full confidence in myself and my abilities,” Wilson said. “I’ve been blessed to be able to play the game of football and to be able to throw it and all that kind of stuff.”
Asked what Wilson does to compensate for his height, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan invoked a Super Bowl-winning quarterback’s name.
“How does Drew Brees compensate for not being tall? What is Drew, 6 feet and Russell’s 5-11?” he said. “Russell is 4.5 in the 40, he’s got great running skills, he’s a sharp guy and he’s playing well. So we’ll see over time.”