Following what was statistically one of the best seasons of his seven-year career, Russell Wilson has been named to the 2019 Pro Bowl, replacing Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who is unable to participate due to injury.
For Wilson, who was originally named a Pro Bowl alternate, it’s the Seahawks signal caller’s sixth Pro Bowl honor. It comes following a 2018 campaign that saw Wilson record a career-best 110.9 quarterback rating and throw for a career-high 35 touchdowns while matching a career-low with just seven interceptions.
Wilson’s Pro Bowl-worthy season carried several significant milestones, as he became the first quarterback in NFL history to own a winning record in each of his first seven seasons. His 75 regular-season wins are the most ever by a quarterback in their first seven seasons, and in 2018, Wilson joined Peyton Manning as the only players in NFL history to pass for 3,000 yards and 20-plus touchdowns in each of their first seven seasons.
With the Seahawks this past year, Wilson set the franchise mark for all-time passing touchdowns with 196 and moved ahead of Matt Hasselbeck as the club’s all-time winningest quarterback with 83 career victories, also surpassing Dave Krieg as the franchise’s all-time winningest quarterback in the regular season.
“This year was a special year," Wilson said Sunday at team headquarters following the Seahawks' 24-22 Wild Card playoff loss to the Dallas Cowboys. "I’m so grateful just to help lead these guys and where we were able to go this season. Everybody thought we were going to be 2-14 or 4-12 and we were able to do a lot of special, special things. The places that we want to go, the places that we have in store, there’s some great things ahead. Seahawks fans, you guys have been amazing. I think about it, it’s been seven years of me being here, it’s been special. It’s so cool and I thank God every day for it. There’s great things in store and can’t wait for the next opportunity.”
Wilson joins punter Michael Dickson and linebacker Bobby Wagner as the third Seattle player selected to the 2019 Pro Bowl. Beyond Wilson, the Seahawks have six other alternates eligible to be named to the game should someone at their position end up in the Super Bowl or not able to play due to injury, including running back Chris Carson, defensive end Frank Clark, return specialist Tyler Lockett, safety Bradley McDougald, and guard J.R. Sweezy.
The 2019 Pro Bowl takes place at 12 p.m. PT on Sunday, January 27 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla.