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Russell Carrington Wilson (born November 29, 1988) is an American football quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). Wilson was selected by the Seahawks with the 12th pick in the third round (75th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft; he was not expected to come and win the starting job, but he beat out Matt Flynn and Tarvaris Jackson. Wilson completed the 2012 regular season 4th in the NFL in passer rating (100.0), beating the previous rookie record by Ben Roethlisberger in 2004 (98.1). Wilson threw for 3,118 yards and 26 touchdowns, tying Peyton Manning's record for most touchdowns thrown by a rookie! Also, Wilson ran for 489 yards and four touchdowns; his scrambling abilities earned numerous comparisons to Hall-of-Fame Quarterback Fran Tarkenton! Wilson is also known for his charitable work; he is an active volunteer in Seattle's community. , Wilson makes weekly visits on his days off to the Seattle Children's Hospital, and has also visited with soldiers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. In the offseason, Wilson hosts the Russell Wilson Passing Academy, a youth football camp, in several cities.
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