Even though Russell Wilson’s quickness has waned over the course of his career, the Seahawks quarterback will go down as one of the best dual threat passers in NFL history.
Early in Wilson’s career, zone reads were often easy money for Seattle’s offense and his efficiency on the ground culminated in a career high 849 yards rushing and six touchdowns in 2014—on an incredible 7.2 yards per attempt. In recent years, Wilson has bulked up, lost some quickness, and grown even more as a passer, leading to fewer opportunities to carry the ball.
Despite Wilson becoming increasingly pocket focused, he joined extremely rare company during the Seahawks’ Week 1 win over the Falcons. With 322 yards passing and 29 yards on the ground, Wilson broke 30,000 yards passing and 4,000 yards rushing for his career. Only Steve Young had accomplished that feat in NFL history until Wilson joined him on Sunday. Seattle’s quarterback has the edge over Young in per game averages.
Today, Russell Wilson joined Steve Young as the only players in NFL history with 30,000+ passing yards and 4,000 rushing yards.— Alistair Corp (@byalistaircorp) September 13, 2020
Young's per game averages: 196/25.1
Wilson's per game averages: 232.9/31.1
Wilson is just the 11th quarterback in NFL history to have 30,000 passing yards in his first nine seasons, breaking the mark less than a full game into his ninth year.
It was a 28-yard run from Wilson that pushed him over 4,000 for his career, making him the fifth quarterback in NFL history to do so. The four that came before him were Michael Vick, Young, Randall Cunningham, and Cam Newton.
Wilson continues to excel into his ninth season and is on pace to cement himself as the greatest dual threat quarterback in NFL history. Luckily for the Seahawks, right now, he might also be the best quarterback alive.