Wilson shows maturity beyond his years to win Super Bowl

Mon Feb 3, 2014 12:05am EST
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By Julian Linden

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Reuters) - Russell Wilson has been defying conventional wisdom about quarterbacks for years. On Sunday, he did it again, on the National Football League's biggest stage, helping the Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos 43-8 to win the Super Bowl.

Aged 25, Wilson became the third youngest quarterback to win a Super Bowl, but it was his composure rather than his tender years that defined his play.

In the pressure-cooker atmosphere of American sport's most watched event, Wilson completed 18 of 25 passes for 206 yards. He threw for two touchdowns and carried the ball three times for 26 yards.

"Tonight was just unbelievable," he told the crowd at MetLife Stadium after being handed the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

"The thing that you want to do at the end of the season is play your best football and that's what we did tonight."

Wilson's nerveless display was all the more impressive given that he was up against Denver quarterback Peyton Manning, a future Hall of Famer who was named the NFL's Most Valuable Player during the regular season.

When Wilson was a teenager, he attended a camp that Manning held for promising young quarterbacks.

Sunday's game was billed as a match-up between the master and the apprentice but the younger man won the day, capturing a Super Bowl ring in just his second season in the NFL.   Continued...

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson holds up the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos in the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game in East Rutherford, New Jersey, February 2, 2014. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton