Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks quarterback was one of the most accomplished college football players in the nation when he entered the 2012 NFL draft—Wilson led Wisconsin to the Rose Bowl, he combined to score over 120 total touchdowns in four years, and he completed 72 percent of his passes as senior. But Wilson was pegged as only a mid-round selection at best by many scouts. The main reason? His height. At 5’11”, many NFL evaluators felt that Wilson wasn’t tall enough to be a successful pro passer.
Boy, were they proven wrong.
After being taken in the third round by the Seahawks, Wilson went out and beat recent free agent signee Matt Flynn for the starting job, throwing 26 touchdown passes during the 2012 season to tie Peyton Manning’s rookie record. Wilson continued to succeed despite his lack of height, leading the Seahawks to a Super Bowl championship to become the shortest quarterback to win a title. The diminutive—but extremely athletic—quarterback set Seahawks franchise records in 2015 in passing yards in a season, passer rating, and passing touchdowns.
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