Russell Wilson kept it at 100 in his first NFL season.
Some thought Wilson was too vertically challenged to become a starting NFL quarterback, which is mostly why the 5’11” signal-caller dropped to the third round (75th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.
All he did was win the starting job in training camp, give 100 percent on every play, and lead the Seattle Seahawks to an 11-5 season and a trip to the playoffs.
The rookie QB won games his way. He didn’t attempt 40-plus passes a game; instead, his team played to strengths like his mobility, setting up scrambles and other plays outside the pocket, which allowed Wilson to use his exceptional athleticism to beat defenders with his feet, arm or a lethal combination of both.
It all amounted to Wilson finishing the 2012 regular season with a 100.00 passer rating, fourth-best among starting NFL QBs.
Wilson says, “When you play in the National Football League and you start every game, especially the quarterback position where you’re getting hit and moving around, your body can wear down. But I never hit a rookie wall. I always took care of my body, and that allowed me to play well.”
Spoken like a man who knew from day one that he’d be his team’s starting quarterback, despite the doubters. And spoken like a man who has a serious focus on fueling, including a star-studded lineup of Gatorade products.
“The things I work into my nutrition are the Gatorade Prime [Energy Chews], and I drink the Gatorade [Thirst Quencher],” Wilson says.
Prime Energy Chews are formulated with a blend of carbohydrates and B vitamins, which supplied Wilson with the real carbohydrate energy he needed for every start, from Weeks One through 16 and all the way into the Playoffs. By taking the Chews 15 minutes prior to games, Wilson was able to top off his energy levels before taking the field. Drinking Gatorade throughout the game helped him sustain energy with additional carbs and prevent cramping with key electrolytes.
And it continues during the off-season.
Wilson says, “My goal was to have a championship off-season [and] Gatorade helped me bring my A-game every time.”