Russell Wilson has the utmost respect for Tom Brady

RENTON, Wash. – Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson didn’t have much to say about the deflategate controversy, but he does have the utmost respect for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

“He’s the greatest quarterback to ever play the game, one of the greatest at least,” Wilson said. “I just think that he’s as good as it gets and watching him play the game of football is truly spectacular.”

Wilson’s stats in his first three seasons as a starting NFL quarterback compare similarly to Brady’s first three seasons as New England's starter. Wilson has a better winning percentage (42-13 for a .792 percentage to Brady’s 40-12 for a .769) and a better TD-INT ratio (82-31 for Wilson to Brady’s 75-41).

Wilson was asked if he sees similarities between them.

“Maybe just being the underdogs, people that were drafted later,” Wilson said. “He was drafted later than me [sixth round for Brady to third round for Wilson]. His ability to be clutch and his ability to be big time for them is the best thing that I see about Tom Brady. I can’t even compare myself to that.”

Actually, he can. Wilson has led the Seahawks to 15 comeback victories in the fourth quarter, the most of any QB in the past three seasons. Wilson also is 6-1 in playoff games, including five consecutive postseason victories entering the Super Bowl.