Russell Wilson Discusses 2014 Super Bowl Victory with Rachel Nichols

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Russell Wilson Discusses 2014 Super Bowl Victory with Rachel Nichols
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The slogan Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson used to motivate his teammates early in the season was, "Why not us?"

It's a question that seems rather rhetorical after the dominance Seattle displayed in dismantling the Denver Broncos 43-8 to win Super Bowl XLVIII.

The 25-year-old signal-caller has done nothing but win football games to start his promising pro career, and he discussed his thoughts on hoisting the Lombardi Trophy and what makes him successful in an interview with CNN's Rachel Nichols.

"My height doesn't define my skill set," said Wilson. "To be a great quarterback, you have to have great leadership, great attention to detail and a relentless competitive nature—and I try to bring that on a daily basis."

Call Wilson short, a game manager or the beneficiary of one of the best defenses in NFL history. That's fine, because in the meantime, the 2012 third-round draft pick will just keep getting better.

Check out this stat from the Seahawks' official Twitter account, as the Super Bowl triumph made Wilson the winningest second-year quarterback in NFL history:

In the interview with Nichols, Wilson also deflected credit away from himself and praised the coaching staff for putting him in position to succeed, along with the front office led by general manager John Schneider that took a chance on him in the draft.

Check out this photo the QB posted on his official Twitter page, as he grasps pro football's ultimate prize:

Wilson was 18-of-25 passing for 206 yards and two touchdowns, and also flashed his athleticism by scampering for 26 yards on three carries.

It was an efficient performance that puts Wilson and the Seahawks in the record books in seizing their first Super Bowl title together in emphatic fashion.

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Through his first two seasons as a pro, Wilson has amassed a passer rating of 100.6 and has managed to stay healthy despite his diminutive stature and penchant for running the ball. Those numbers are reflective of the intangibles he referenced when describing to Nichols his approach to being great at his job.

In a hyped 2012 QB draft class featuring the likes of Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Ryan Tannehill, there is a chance that Wilson could emerge as the best of all of them based on how he's fared thus far.

With a young nucleus and Wilson's inexpensive rookie contract not necessitating an immediate extension, the Seahawks have the opportunity to compete for multiple championships before salary cap restrictions constrict their roster flexibility.

But for now, exceptional team-building through the draft—headlined by the likes of Wilson and other discounted players Seattle essentially stole—should allow this squad to maintain its elite level of play, leaving the other 31 NFL teams to ponder an alternative question.

"Why not them?"

 

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