Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson Reacts to Praise From Eight-Time NFL Pro Bowler

Published 09/25/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
Sep 12, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) runs the ball in the first quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports


Russell Wilson feels overwhelmed with joy as his mentor and idol, Joe Montana, compares the Super Bowl winner to himself. The NFL legend believes that the Seattle Seahawks quarterback has a lot of uncanny resemblances with him in the way he plays.

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Russell Wilson resembles Joe Montana

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Although while comparing Montana’s 15 season career to Wilson’s nine, it can be concluded that even though Wilson has a better regular-season record, the eight-time Pro Bowler’s Super Bowl success rate is still unmatched.

“The guy [Russell Wilson] in Seattle. He’s a pocket guy. He can run if he has to run.” Joe earlier said on Bleacher Report, “He can move around in the pocket, but he’s not a pure runner… That wasn’t me, I wasn’t a pure runner.” 

However, Montana believes that back in his days, quarterbacks weren’t really runners. Apparently, Wilson has now surpassed the NFL legend as a rushing player. Montana had a total of 1,676 rushing yards in his 15-year long career compared to 4,531 of Wilson.

Sep 19, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson (32) celebrates with quarterback Russell Wilson (3) after rushing for a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans during the second quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Wilson stands humble in front of Joe when it comes to the number of MVPs won by the legend. Montana has been named Super Bowl MVP three times and NFL MVP twice in comparison with Russell Wilson‘s zero MVP titles. However, both the stars are eight-time Pro Bowlers.

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Wilson appreciates the remark from his NFL hero

Apart from the similarities and dissimilarities between the two, Montana will always be the idol for Wilson. In a tweet by the Seahawks quarterback reacting to the legend’s remarks upon him, he wrote, Joe Cool… The Comeback Kid… I wore 16 in college bc of you! Rockin’ 3 now like ur college days! Winning numbers! @JoeMontana

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Referring to his jersey number, Wilson says that he rocks a number 3 jersey for the Seahawks, which used to be the jersey number of Montana during his college days. And Wilson used to wear number 16 during his college days, which used to be the jersey number of Montana during his tenure with the 49ers.

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It is a moment of honor for the Seahawks star that the legend considers him on his level. However, Wilson has to prove his worth by winning three more Super Bowls in his career to equal the tally with Joe Montana.

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Sauvik Banerjee

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Sauvik Banerjee, an NFL writer for EssentiallySports, has completed his graduation in English and Economics. The previous content marketing intern has a combined passion for both writing and NFL. He is a self-professed geek, who loves to play chess and football in his spare time.

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