The NFL had no shortage of sensational first-year starting quarterbacks last season, from Colin Kaepernick to Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson.
So, it’s only natural to toss around the words “sophomore slump” when previewing next season for these guys.
Wilson, however, says he’s no fluke. In fact, those words aren’t even in his lexicon.
“I don’t even know those words,” Wilson told the Seattle Times earlier this week. “I don’t pay attention to it. I think the biggest thing is just focusing on tomorrow and focusing on the day — the rest of the day that I have and the next couple hours I have here.”
It is awfully tough to get under the skin of Wilson, who came into training camp last season as a third round pick and came out as the Seahawks starting quarterback, winning the battle over the highly-paid Matt Flynn.
He proved that the Seahawks made the right choice, leading the Seahawks to the postseason and making it to the Pro Bowl, while throwing for 3,118 yards and recording a 100.0 quarterback rating during the regular season.
Impressive numbers for a rookie, and he can only get better.
“He’s so much farther ahead than last year at this time,” said head coach Pete Carroll. “And he’s in greater command.”
So next time you mention “sophomore slump” and “Russell Wilson” in the same sentence, just stop.
He’s proven everyone wrong before, and now that he’s on the path to a great NFL career, there’s no reason to believe that he’s going to succumb to some stupid myth.