It’s easy to overlook Russell Wilson. At five-foot-eleven, he stands as the shortest starting quarterback in the NFL. When Super Bowl talk turns to quarterbacks, it’s all Peyton Manning all the time. Journalists even noted double their number waiting to speak to Richard Sherman yesterday than speaking with Wilson.
The focus in New Jersey shifted to the diminutive quarterback today. The forgotten man was not forgotten by his allies and adversaries.
“I think without question that Russell has at least turned some heads,” Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll noted. “For the other guys and all the guys who have played before him who didn’t quite get the chance for that same kind of stigma, he has opened up the door. It’s exciting to see that that’s happened because there are a lot of marvelous athletes, and we’re seeing it right now. Johnny (Manziel) is an incredible athlete that might not have been considered as highly before Russell had all this success.”
Receiver Golden Tate explained that the best thing about playing with Russell Wilson was his ability to complete a play that he didn’t call in the huddle. “He can extend the play with his legs and at that point for me it’s kind of like playing backyard football,” Tate reported.
Should Wilson emerge victorious come Sunday, he will be the shortest man to win a Super Bowl. His signal-calling opponent wouldn’t even be the shortest Manning to win a Super Bowl.