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On this date: Russell Wilson named starting quarterback
Seattle Seahawks players will have the chance to share the causes that are important to them during all Week 13 games, as part of the NFL's My Cause, My Cleats campaign. Defensive end Cliff Avril, wide receiver Doug Baldwin, tight end Jimmy Graham, cornerback Richard Sherman, and quarterback Russell Wilson all chose to participate, personalizing their footwear to help tell their stories. View
2012: Coach Pete Carroll announces that rookie Russell Wilson will be the starting quarterback. Wilson, who was selected in the third-round of the NFL Draft, wins a three-way competition with incumbent starter Tarvaris Jackson and free-agent addition Matt Flynn. Two days earlier, Wilson had completed 13 of 19 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns for a 134.8 passer rating, while leading six consecutive scoring drives in the team’s third preseason game.
“It’s been a very exciting competition that’s gone on, and Russell has taken full advantage of his opportunities and done everything we could ask on the field,” Carroll says in announcing the decision during a Sunday night conference call with reporters who cover the team. “And more than you guys can know, what’s he’s done off the field in meeting rooms and with our players and how he’s represented himself, he’s earned this job.”