We knew from the get-go that unconventional quarterback Russell Wilson had a lot to bring to the 2013 NFL season. We got to know the congenial QB back in October, when we profiled him for the cover of Men’s Fitness. Now, the risen star is leading the Seattle Seahawks to the Super Bowl for the first time in eight years and will be pitted against one of the most feared quarterbacks in the league–Peyton Manning.
Though it took Wilson a while to gain traction against San Francisco’s defense during last night’s game–he suffered some pretty brutal hits along the way–he came through to deliver a dazzling 35-yard pass to Jermaine Kearse to finally seal the deal.
Wilson was rightfully ecstatic over the win, taking a moment to tweet victoriously.
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) January 20, 2014
Come February 2, Wilson is going to have to amp up the the audacity and determination we saw late in the game last night if he’s going to take down the Broncos. Below, Sports Illustrated‘s Don Banks breaks down what it will take for Wilson to lead the Seahawks to Super Bowl victory.