Who is the Lebron James of the NFL? I’m sure by now all of you have heard/read that Jamaal Charles said that he felt like he is the Lebron James of football. This statement by Charles has sparked a lot of debate among NFL fans worldwide. So, it only makes sense that we, at Breaking Football, take a look and try to figure out if Charles is indeed the Lebron of football, or if that title belongs to someone else.

First of all, let’s establish what makes Lebron James so great.

  1. Been one of the best players in the league since his first start.
  2. Consistent championship appearances.
  3. Makes boatloads of cash.

Looking at that criteria there are several players I would call the Lebron James of football before Charles. Players like: Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning and Rob Gronkowski. But more so than any of those players, one player in particular stands out to me as the real Lebron James of football, and that player is Russell Wilson.

Now, I agree it may be too early to give Wilson such high praise. But he covers the three criteria points I established for what makes Lebron so great; more so than any of the other players. He was the hidden gem of the 2012 NFL draft. Since he was drafted Wilson has secured more game-winning drives than any quarterback in the league.  So, it’s safe to say that Wilson has been electric for the Seahawks since day one… Check number one off.

As a rookie, Wilson was named to a Pro Bowl, took the Seahawks to the divisional round of the playoffs, set an NFL rookie record for passer rating (100), and tied the NFL rookie record for touchdown passes in a season (26). As a sophomore Wilson led the Seahawks to a 13-3 record, was named to his second Pro Bowl, set the record for most wins by a quarterback through their first two seasons (24), won the NFC West, became the first quarterback to post over a 100 quarterback rating in each of their first two seasons, earned his team the top seed in the NFC, AND he won the Superbowl. In his third year Wilson not only led the Seahawks to an NFC west title and top seed in the NFC, but also set the record for most wins by a quarterback through their first three seasons (36), became the first player in NFL history to throw for over 300 yards and rush for over 100 yards in the same game, and led the Seahawks to another Super Bowl appearance that unfortunately didn’t go Seattle’s way… Check number two off.

To nail off the third point in the Lebron James checklist of greatness, Wilson just signed a monstrous contract extension. The contract is for four years, worth $87.6 million ($60 million guaranteed)… Or, approximately one boatload of cash.

You may think it’s too early, you may disagree with the three criteria points I laid out, but you can’t deny that Wilson has been King James-like throughout his short career. Got another NFL player you think is the real LeBron of football? Let me hear it in the comments below!

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About The Author Joel Empey

Joel is a fantasy football champion and enthusiast who loves to analyze statistics and has an addiction to sports, film, and television. Joel can tame a lion with a single look and on 7 occasions Joel’s tried to read The Lord of the Rings, but has fallen asleep every time. Catch Joel on Twitter @EmpeyJoel