Seahawks to send QB Wilson to Pro Bowl

eric.williams@thenewstribune.comJanuary 22, 2013 

Russell Wilson will get some sand in between his toes this weekend.

The Seattle rookie quarterback is headed to Hawaii to play in the Pro Bowl as an injury replacement, the Seahawks announced on Monday.

Initially named a third alternate to the Pro Bowl squad, Wilson was added to the roster after Atlanta’s Matt Ryan declined his invitation because of a sprained shoulder he suffered in Sunday’s NFC Championship game loss against San Francisco.

Wilson will join New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and Eli Manning of the New York Giants, who were selected earlier this month as injury replacements for Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers and Washington’s Robert Griffin III.

Wilson will join five other Seahawks players headed to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl, including safety Earl Thomas, running back Marshawn Lynch, kick/punt returner Leon Washington, and offensive linemen Max Unger and Russell Okung.

Wilson is the first Seattle quarterback to earn a trip to the Pro Bowl since Matt Hasselbeck in 2007.

Wilson becomes the sixth Seattle rookie to make the Pro Bowl, after running back Curt Warner (1983), linebacker Fredd Young (1984), kick/punt returner Bobby Joe Edmonds (1986), linebacker Rufus Porter (1988) and middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu (2005).

Wilson threw for 3,118 yards and 26 touchdowns with 10 interceptions while starting all 16 games this season.

He tied a league record for touchdown passes by a rookie, a mark set in 1998 by Peyton Manning with Indianapolis.

Wilson’s passer rating of 100.0 during the regular was better than the NFL rookie record (98.1) set by Ben Roethlisberger in 2004. But Washington’s Griffin III (102.4) also eclipsed Roethlisberger’s record.

Wilson set a franchise quarterback rushing record by gaining 489 yards.

And he raised his game even higher when it mattered most — during the postseason. Wilson finished the playoffs with a 102.4 passer rating, completing 39 of 62 passes (62.9 percent) for 572 yards with three touchdowns and one interception – on a Hail Mary play at the end of the Atlanta game.

Eric D. Williams: 253-597-8437 eric.williams@thenewstribune.com @eric_d_williams blog.thenewstribune.com/seahawks

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