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08:08 AM ET 08.28 | Rookie Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has already succeeded in the face of the stigma that comes from being a third-round pick along with the fact Wisconsin, to which he transferred, isn't exactly a quarterback factory. But Wilson's greatest challenge may be something few have overcome: his height. Listed at 5 feet 11, Wilson has history working against him. Only eight players shorter than Wilson have thrown an NFL pass since the 1970 NFL merger, with varying degrees of success. While a handful of quarterbacks have thrived at six feet tall -- Drew Brees and Michael Vick among them -- it's clear that the one extra inch can be the difference between stardom and struggles.

The Wall Street Journal

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August 28, 2012  08:11 AM ET

There you have it...size does matter! HA!

August 28, 2012  08:15 AM ET

Can't wait for the regular season so they'll have something to talk about other than Seattle. And Miami.

August 28, 2012  08:21 AM ET

"...it's clear that the one extra inch can be the difference between stardom and struggles."

-Signed, Actors in the San Fernando Valley

August 28, 2012  08:28 AM ET

Note to Wilson - the Wall Street Journal doesn't like you.



I guess that's the kiss of death or something - akin to the Madden cover curse.

August 28, 2012  08:33 AM ET

Maybe he could wear platform cleats....

August 28, 2012  08:35 AM ET

It's that time of year for the Wall Street Journal to pretend it pays attention to football. Wilson has been pretty impressive during the preseason. I think I'd rather let what happens on the field count rather than some stat that says he's an inch too short decide whether he can play in this league.

And for the record, when he was first starting in San Diego, the same sort of 'pundits' said the same thing about Drew Brees.

August 28, 2012  08:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Can't wait for the regular season so they'll have something to talk about other than Seattle. And Miami.

Or at least a team where the interns have more than just a picture of the coach to put up with the story.

August 28, 2012  08:58 AM ET

Where is that "savior" Matt Flynn!!! That's what I want to know!!!!

August 28, 2012  09:07 AM ET

The WSJ has a sportswriter? Who knew?

August 28, 2012  09:35 AM ET

Mr. Wilson did just fine last season as WI behind the largest offensive line in College, he has the skills to scramble when flushed from the pocket and will keep his eyes down field looking to pass first. He will do fine... if his receivers catch the ball.

August 28, 2012  09:37 AM ET

Doug Flutie played at 5'10".

August 28, 2012  09:39 AM ET

"...it's clear that the one extra inch can be the difference between stardom and struggles." This is what Rupert Murdoch's ownership of the WSJ has done to the reporters' brains. Idiotic.

August 28, 2012  09:40 AM ET

Wilson will soon find out that the one or two inches in height will not matter in the NFC West as he is flattened to the ground under the relentless pass rush of the 49ers defense led by Justin Smith,Patrick Willis,and Aldon Smith among others.Very difficult to be a successful QB in the NFL if you throw while lying on your back or with a serious concussion.Though I see him as a talented NFL prospect,he has much so more to learn than what he has so far in just a few preseason games.Good luck,rookie!

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August 28, 2012  09:42 AM ET
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Mr. Wilson did just fine last season as WI behind the largest offensive line in College, he has the skills to scramble when flushed from the pocket and will keep his eyes down field looking to pass first. He will do fine... if his receivers catch the ball.

It would have been the 3rd largest in the NFL as well.

August 28, 2012  09:45 AM ET

Wilson played mostly against the 2nd team defenses during the pre-season. Pete made a trade for Matt Flynn then relegates him to backup. He will soon see the error of his ways but too late for the Seahawks.
Pete is in an different position here, the other teams also have highly paid players unlike when he was at USC. Sure makes a difference.

August 28, 2012  09:49 AM ET

Umm, in game 3 he demolished the 1st team. Granted, it was Tampa Bay, but he still lit them up. As for the article I find "it's clear that the one extra inch can be the difference between stardom and struggles." ridiculous. Teams are biased against shorter QBs so there are less of them. Of course you will see less of them succeed just by pure odds.

August 28, 2012  09:53 AM ET

"It's not the length of sword that matters , but the skill with which one wields it".....tell em Russel !!

August 28, 2012  09:54 AM ET
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Where is that "savior" Matt Flynn!!! That's what I want to know!!!!

Out with a strained beard !

 
August 28, 2012  10:12 AM ET

Last time I checked, the front line of Wisconsin average like 6'4'-6'6' and 325ibs when Wilson was the QB. He didn't have any problems, and he had one of the great (highest season QB rating in FBS history) college seasons of all time.

So what's the problem?

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