10 Best NFL Careers in Wisconsin football history

Wisconsin has had its fair share of great players move onto the NFL and have even better careers.
Jan 8, 2023; Santa Clara, California, USA; Arizona Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt (99) walks on the field.
Jan 8, 2023; Santa Clara, California, USA; Arizona Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt (99) walks on the field. / Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports
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. . Round 3, Pick 75. Russell Wilson. Wisconsin careers. 2012 NFL Draft. player. Russell Wilson. 5. 36

Russell Wilson is the next active player on this list. Wilson was drafted in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. Wilson spent 10 years with the Seahawks before being traded to the Broncos where he spent two seasons and is now with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Wilson impressed right away as a rookie becoming the starter for the Seahawks. He put up great numbers during his rookie season with 3,118 passing yards and 26 passing touchdowns. Wilson also showed he could be a mobile quarterback by rushing for 489 yards and four touchdowns.

It only took Wilson three seasons to make it to the Super Bowl as his first appearance came in 2014. Wilson ended up winning it all in 2014 to give the Seahawks their first Super Bowl title. Wilson led his team back to the big game the following season, but was unable to finish the game on the last play to win it in back-to-back years for the first time since 2003 and 2004.

After 10 solid years in Seattle and leading the league in passing touchdowns in 2017 and passer rating in 2015, Wilson decided he wanted to be traded and was traded to the Denver Broncos in what was a massive trade deal. Wilson was immediately rewarded with a contract extension before he even stepped foot on the field, which ended up being a costly decision for the Broncos.

Wilson struggled during his time in Denver. In his first season, he had a first-time head coach, and being with a new team, was not a good combination. Wilson ended up being the most sacked quarterback in the league that season and threw for only 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. In his second season, head coach Sean Payton decided he wanted to move away from Wilson and benched him for the final three games of the season.

After waiting to be cut by the Broncos over money issues, Wilson ended up signing a one-year deal with the Steelers. All eyes will be on Wilson to see what he does in Pittsburgh. While his career has been on that could land him in the Hall of Fame, what he does next is what everyone cares about right now.