Mr. Russell Wilson, the great Quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, was presented with the 2015 Jim Thorpe All-Around Athlete Award by Game of the Year Committee Member and former University of Washington Athletic Director, Mr. Mike Lude, at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center.
A gifted athlete, he can play his position so many different ways it boggles the mind. He can be the standard, drop-back quarterback, the scrambler, the run-first guy, the thinking man’s signal-caller, the game manager, the game changer, anything you want, he possesses in his bag of tricks with room to spare. Considered by most experts as too small to be a successful quarterback, at any level, never mind the NFL, Wilson, with his 5-foot-11, 206-pound frame has merely starred in high school, college and the pros.
The award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in multiple sports and/or multiple events of the same sport. This individual should exhibit qualities of versatility, strength, speed, flexibility, conditioning and training that exemplify superior athletic prowess.
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