Russell Wilson has been named to the NFC Pro Bowl roster ahead of this weekend's game in Las Vegas. The Seahawks quarterback will replace Tom Brady, who is unable to participate due to injury.
For Wilson, this will be his ninth time being recognized as a Pro Bowler in 10 seasons, and it comes after a season in which, despite missing three games due to injury, Wilson joined Hall of Famer Peyton Manning as one of only two players to throw at least 20 touchdown passes and pass for at least 3,000 yards in each of his first 10 seasons. With his ninth Pro-Bowl selection, Wilson ties Hall of Fame left tackle Walter Jones for the most in franchise history.
Wilson also passed Manning for a big milestone, winning his 113th game, postseason included, the most by a quarterback in his first 10 seasons. And while a finger injury caused Wilson to miss games for the first time in his career, he was able to finish the season strong, helping lead the Seahawks to four wins in their final six games while throwing 13 touchdowns with three interceptions over that six-week span, posting a passer rating of 104.1 or better in four of six games.
"I thought that he was at his best at the end," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "I thought that he really played his best down the stretch. He was more resourceful… I was really excited for the finish. I was really pleased and proud of the accomplishment about the wins to start his career. That is an amazing accomplishment with only the greatest players to be compared to. The consistency that it takes and the dedication that it takes to be available for that kind of record is amazing. He did it, he pulled it off with teams around him, players around him, and I always like to remember that Bobby (Wagner) was right there with him too, for the most part of all of those numbers. It's still a great accomplishment and it was significant too that he got to do it in the last game of this year."
Wilson joins linebacker Bobby Wagner and safety Quandre Diggs as the third Seahawks player named to the NFC Pro Bowl squad.