When you lead your team to five consecutive victories and also tie the league’s rookie record for touchdown passes, it should be worth something.
For Russell Wilson, it was. The Seahawks’ quarterback was named NFL Rookie of the Month this morning.
Wilson, a third-round pick in April’s NFL Draft, definitely had a December to remember. While leading the Seahawks into the playoffs, the rookie fashioned a 115.2 passer rating by completing 74 of 113 passes for 1,067 yards, with nine touchdown passes and two interceptions. He also ran for 262 yards and three more TDs as the Seahawks dispatched the Bears 23-17 in overtime, the Cardinals 58-0, the Bills 50-17, the 49ers 42-13 and the Rams 20-13.
Along the way, Wilson had a game with four TD passes (against the 49ers), another with three TD runs (against the Bills), another where he completed almost 80 percent of his passes (78.9 on 15 of 19 against the Rams) and his TD pass against the Rams was his 26th — tying the NFL rookie record set by Peyton Manning in 1998.
Wilson joins left tackle Walter Jones (October, 1997), defensive tackle Rocky Bernard (September 2002) and middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu (December/January 2005) as the only Seahawks to win the monthly rookie honor.