Super Bowl-winning QBs believe Seahawks’ Russell Wilson is in NFL’s top five

Jan 6, 2016, 10:36 AM | Updated: 11:24 am
Former NFL QB Trent Dilfer said it’s “mind-boggling” how many myths Russell Wilso...
Former NFL QB Trent Dilfer said it's "mind-boggling" how many myths Russell Wilson has busted. (AP)

There’s been plenty of debate about where Russell Wilson ranks in the annals of franchise and NFL quarterback history.

Early in the season, the question was if he’d already peaked as a talented game-manager. Then he had his historic five-game streak, and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll proclaimed that the fourth-year QB will continue to improve. Now, even some of Wilson’s fellow Super Bowl-winning QBs are starting to marvel.

ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer, who won a Super Bowl with the Ravens, joined “Brock and Salk” and said there are different layers to a quarterback, and what blows him away most about Wilson is that the only intuitive playmaking QB who was also a top-three pocket passer was his fellow Monday Night Football commentator, Hall of Famer Steve Young.

“We sit there and talk about it, and Steve even at times says ‘I think he’s better than me at this, I think he’s better than I was at that,'” Dilfer said. “He’s truly become one of the greatest players in the National Football League.”

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Dilfer added that Wilson has proven him and most everybody else wrong about his abilities, saying he had a hard time explaining what he is doing without delving into esoteric conversation.

“It’s mind-boggling how many myths he’s busting each time he plays football,” he said.

Brock Huard texted two other Super Bowl champions – Kurt Warner and Phil Simms – asking them for three words that define what Wilson is doing.

Simms’ response: “NFL Top 5.”

“Let’s get over this, please,” Simms added. “He is one of the top five quarterbacks in this league, hands down. One rifle throw after another. Everybody knows the plays that are coming and he still rips it in there. Quote me, he is top five.”

Warner followed suit, writing the words “confident,” “complete” and “evolving.”

“Only thing left is ‘consistency’ of playing at this level from a passing standpoint,” Warner texted. “If he can do this for the bulk of his career we will one day be talking about him as one of the best to play the game!”

When it comes to the top 5 debate, Huard said there is simply no way to deny Wilson anymore.

“Who could you possibly debate that right now at the end of the season?” Huard asked. “What do you want to see? Four-thousand yards? Done. Elevate and transcend the players around him? Done. Can it be all on him? Done.”

Huard said the days of analysts putting Wilson in the second or third tiers of NFL quarterbacks are over.

“It’s done, it’s flushed. He is a level-one quarterback,” Huard said. “He is top five in the game.”

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