Russell Wilson is in the midst of the best season of his career. If not for Lamar Jackson, he would be a runaway candidate for MVP and his Seattle Seahawks are sitting at 9-2.
Despite this being his eighth season, Wilson appears to be entering his prime, as he has taken his game to another level this season. So when Wilson turned 31 years old on Saturday, it was natural to ask the question.
How long do you see yourself playing in the NFL?
Following the path set before him by Tom Brady, Wilson sees himself playing deep into his 40’s as retirement is the furthest thing from his mind.
Brady is playing his age 42 season and is still leading his team to a great record, while being just 10 months removed from winning his sixth Super Bowl.
Wilson could have a similar career to Brady, in that he will likely have the reign to be the Seahawks quarterback as long as he wants after leading them to a Super Bowl victory in 2013 and his other various accomplishments.
Once a baseball player, Wilson admired Derek Jeter and his career with the New York Yankees from afar. By watching Jeter’s storybook 20-year career unfold, that put the same number in Wilson’s head for how long he would like to play.
The one difference between Jeter and Wilson is that football players rarely have a 20-year career, as the toll the game takes on the body is far more significant.
Still, Wilson has the chance to do just that, as he has avoided injury throughout his career due to his innate ability to elude contact, despite being a dual-threat quarterback.
We are still 14 years removed from seeing if Wilson can accomplish his lofty goal of playing until his 45 years old. But if the first part of his career is any indication, it is sure to be an entertaining ride watching him try.
Eli Manning to Return to Starting Lineup in Place of Injured Rookie Daniel Jones
Eli Manning will once again be the starting quarterback for the New York Giants, as they are set to face a division rival on Monday Night Football.
The Giants will be traveling to Philadelphia to play the Eagles and Manning will get the start as rookie quarterback Daniel Jones is out with an ankle sprain.
Manning may be a breath of fresh air at this point, as the Giants have lost eight-straight game behind Jones, as the young quarterback is still trying to find his footing in the NFL.
Jones won his first NFL start with a remarkable performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers back in Week 3, but hasn’t been the same since.
Turning over the football has been a problem for Jones, as his 15 fumbles lead the NFL. He has lost 10 of those fumbles and has also thrown 11 interceptions to his 18 touchdown passes.
Now Manning returns to the starting lineup and fittingly due to an injury of another starting quarterback.
That is because the Giants never had to worry about injuries when it came to Manning during his illustrious career in New York.
Manning now gets the chance to try to play spoiler for the Eagles, who are currently a win away from tying the Dallas Cowboys for first place in the NFC East.
While Manning has plenty of experience playing the Eagles, it is not exactly a matchup that is in his favor. Manning has a 10-20 career record against Philadelphia and lost to them in four-straight games.
Still, this is a chance for Manning’s career to come full circle. Manning made his appearance in an NFL game against the Eagles when he was a rookie in 2004, playing in mop-up duty for Kurt Warner.
Now he has the chance to play against the stark rival once again, to prove there is still a little left in the tank for the soon-to-be 39-year-old quarterback.
Manning is also sitting on a 116-116 career record and now has the chance to end his career over .500 if he wins this game. Tune in Monday night to see how this story unfolds.
Oklahoma Beats Baylor in Overtime to Win Fifth-Straight Big 12 Championship
The Oklahoma Sooners have owned the Big 12 ever since Lincoln Riley took over as the head coach back in 2017.
They came into Saturday as the reigning Big 12 Champions and Riley was able to keep their streak of winning the conference going, leading the Sooners to a victory over the Baylor Bears.
Although Riley has been great with the Sooners, he did inherit a dynasty, as Bob Stoops had led the program to plenty of success across his 17 seasons at the helm, prior to retiring in 2016.
The Sooners were back-to-back Big 12 champions when Riley was hired. They have now won the conference in five-straight years, continuing to add to the legacy of the great program.
While the Sooners ultimately won, the Bears battled them tooth and nail all game long, providing a very compelling championship.
Superstar receiver CeeDee Lamb got the Sooners going early, taking his first catch 71 yards to set up an eventual touchdown.
Lamb made big plays all game long, leading Oklahoma with eight catches for 173 yards.
Still, the Baylor Bears went into the second half with a 13-10 lead, as their defense was able to contain what had been one of the best offense in the nation all year long.
Oklahoma eventually secured the lead in the third quarter, scoring 10 unanswered points to take a 23-13 lead over Baylor into the fourth quarter.
Once the Sooners kicked a field goal early in the fourth, Baylor’s head coach Matt Rhule decided to turn to his third-string quarterback to try to spark his stagnant offense.
Jacob Zeno is a redshirt freshman, who had only appeared in one game all year. He was advertised to have a big arm and really was able to showcase that to help the Bears get back into the game.
One 70+ yard completion would have been impressive for Zeno, but two is just ridiculous. Yet that was exactly the case, as Zeno completed a pass out of his own end zone that Chris Platt took 78 yards into field goal range.
Baylor was able to tie up the game and send it into overtime, pushing the Sooners to the brink of a massive upset.
Oklahoma won the coin toss though and was able to score a quick touchdown to take the lead over Baylor once again.
Then when the Bears got the ball back, Zeno’s magical run came to an end, as the Sooners defense finally came through and closed out the game.
Following the game, CeeDee Lamb was named the Big 12 Championship MVP after his amazing performance for Oklahoma. Something that quarterback Jalen Hurts predicted before the game.
When Hurts was asked after the game how he would describe the story of the crazy run of his college career, he responded brilliantly saying, “I hope the story ain’t over.”
Hurts may be right, as the Sooners are now in position to make the College Football Playoff after winning the Big 12 Championship.
Since No. 5 Utah lost last night, No. 6 Oklahoma may be destined for the playoff as long as No. 4 Georgia loses to No. 1 LSU in the SEC Championship.
The Sooners just have to sit back and wait to see what the College Football Playoff committee decides at this point. But they have at least done their part to give themselves a chance.
Carolina Panthers Sign Star Lineback Shaq Thompson to Large Four-Year Extension
The Carolina Panthers drafted Shaq Thompson with the 25th overall pick in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
In his first season with the team, Carolina went 15-1 and made it to Super Bowl 50, before ultimately losing to the Denver Broncos.
Thompson started 10 games season, as well as all three playoff games, and has been one of the Panthers best defensive players ever since.
Now the Panthers have locked up Thompson long-term, after signing him to an extension on Saturday.
Thompson’s deal includes a $16 million signing bonus and could be worth as much as $57 million according to his agent, Doug Hendrickson.
Thompson, 25, has already set a career-high for combined tackles through 12 games played this season, with 93.
He has also set career-best marks for solo tackles (62) and tackles for a loss (9), while being a sack away from setting a new career-high in that category as well.
Thompson joins Luke Keuchly to form one of the best linebacking cores in the NFL and that duo will now be together for years to come.
Carolina may be moving into a new era after head coach Ron Rivera was fired this week, but Shaq Thompson isn’t going anywhere.
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