Ryan Clark: Russell Wilson is ‘the best player in the NFL’

Russell Wilson has spent much of his young career wooing fans with his unique playmaking ability.

Turns out his opponents are just as impressed.

Following the Seahawks’ victory over the Redskins on Monday night, Washington safety Ryan Clark dubbed Wilson the NFL’s best player.

“We got beat by a better team,” Clark told the Washington Post. “We got beat by, as far as I’m concerned this weekend, the best player in the NFL. Russell Wilson made every play he had to make for his team to win, and we didn’t.”

He clarified his comments on Twitter Tuesday.

Clark is not one to mince words, and it’s a bit of an exaggeration — Peyton Manning has something to say about that — but Seattle’s franchise quarterback was simply marvelous. Wilson completed 18-0f-24 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns, adding 122 yards and a score on the ground. He became the first QB in Monday Night Football history to pass for 200 yards and rush for 100.

What doesn’t show up on the stat sheet is Wilson’s remarkable vision and pocket presence. Throughout the game, he continually extended plays, escaping from a crumbling pocket with ease. His coup de grâce came late in the fourth quarter, when Wilson, scrambling to avoid two potential sacks, threw across his body, flipping the ball to Marshawn Lynch to pick up a first down and ice the contest.

It was, to put it in perspective, a play that you’d see in a Madden game — almost inhuman and entirely unbelievable. Wilson may or may not be the top player in the NFL, but he’s undoubtedly rising up the ranks. Clark won’t be the last of his peers to make such a statement.

Zack Kelberman
An award-winning sportswriter, reporter and blogger, Zack currently serves as the Miami Dolphins live correspondent and Team Stream curator for Bleacher Report. He's also a freelance NFL writer and the founder/editor-in-chief of Helmet2Helmet. His work has appeared on media outlets such as ESPN, Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports, MSN.com, FanSided.com, and About.com. Zack can be reached on Twitter (@ZackKelberman) or via email (zpkelb@gmail.com).