Few things in life are more satisfying than a real good “I told you so!” And right now I’m feeling pretty satisfied about Russell Wilson, the undersized, rookie quarterback, who on Sunday led the visiting Seattle Seahawks to a playoff victory over the Washington Redskins.

Russell Wilson

There have been doubts all season about Wilson, detractors wondering when his size was finally going to work against him. It hasn’t happened. It likely won’t happen.

Actually the doubting about Wilson started well before the season began. Let’s look back to last April and the NFL draft. Wilson was the 75th pick, taken in the third round. Even the team that took him, Seattle, waited until then to take a “chance” on the All-Big Ten quarterback from Wisconsin who stands just under 5’11”.

Seattle had just signed promising Green Bay backup quarterback Matt Flynn to a big money, multi-year deal, with the belief that Flynn would be their quarterback of the future. But Seattle head coach Pete Carroll using common sense that too often eludes NFL decision makers once they’ve laid out big bucks, saw early on that Wilson was actually better than Flynn. And to Carroll’s credit rather than try to justify the dollars paid out to Flynn by making him the starter, Carroll trusted what he saw in Wilson – a cerebral, strong-armed, athletic leader.

Carroll’s stunning decision, which went against the grain of conventional wisdom, is now paying huge dividends as Seattle moves on to Atlanta to take on the Falcons in round two of the playoffs.

Wilson’s surprising ascendence though has not quite removed the expansive shadow cast by two other outstanding rookies, Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, aka RG3, who were taken one-two in the draft. Most of the media’s attention was focused on the exploits of those two for most of the season. And indeed Griffin and Luck played very well for their respective teams, Washington and Indianapolis, leading them to the playoffs as well.

But as the season wore on hype or not, it was becoming harder and harder to ignore what Wilson was doing in the far northwest corner of the country. It was beginning to look like he may be the more complete rookie quarterback.

Wilson kept his mistakes to a minimum, with only 10 interceptions, something that plagued Luck, who led the league in turnovers. Wilson was also a dual threat, but he ran smartly and avoided big hits, something that RG3 will have to learn to do more of next season or risk another major injury. Wilson also finished the regular season tied with Peyton Manning for the most touchdown passes by a rookie with 26.

Still it likely took Sunday’s showdown just outside the nation’s capital to convince remaining doubters that Wilson was at least the equal of RG3 if not better. And playing earlier in the day less than 40 miles away in Baltimore, Colt’s rookie Andrew Luck showed in a loss to the Ravens that he still has a lot to learn and that despite being 6’4′ his passes can be blocked and tipped. In fact Luck led the league in passes being knocked down.

Despite the numbers, and the visual evidence, I know not everyone will be convinced that Russell Wilson is the best of the three stellar rookie quarterbacks no matter how hard I plead his case. But right now he’s the only rookie quarterback still in the playoffs and that’s enough for me to say – I told you so.

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