Irvine, Calif. – Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has been voted the 2012 Vizio Top Value Performer, for his regular season on-field performance against his 2012 earnings.
Vizio said a record-breaking number of fans agreed that Wilson provided his team with the greatest value this past season.
Wilson was selected in the third round of last season’s draft. Coming out of nowhere to win the starting quarterback job in training camp, he proved his worth by leading Seattle to the playoffs after a 7-9 season in 2011.
Earning a base pay of $390,000 in 2012, Wilson completed 252 passes for 3,118 yards and 26 touchdowns, tying the league record for most passing touchdowns in a season by a rookie quarterback.
“It’s an honor to win this great award, and I’d like to thank the fans for voting me as the Vizio Top Value Performer,” said Wilson. “All the finalists had fantastic seasons and were certainly deserving of this this award, but I’m happy to be able to share this with my teammates and all the fans that support our team.”
Partnering with Pro Football Insider Adam Schefter, Vizio determined the Top Value Performer finalists based on regular season performances, statistics, and the role they played in the success of their team.
Those factors were then measured against the players’ base salaries to come up with five finalists.
The 2012 finalists included Washington RB Alfred Morris, Denver WR Eric Decker, New England RB Stevan Ridley and Jacksonville WR Cecil Shorts, and were voted on by fans at VIZIO.com/tvp, between January 7-21. Fans were also able to vote via twitter by using each finalist’s handle with the program hashtag #VIZIOTVP.
Vizio said it collected a record-breaking total number of votes, topping 400,000.
Previous TVP winners have included Jacksonville QB David Garrard (2007), New England QB Matt Cassel (2008), New York Giants’ WR Steve Smith (2009) and Buffalo WR Stevie Johnson (2010).
Last year’s honors went to New York Giants’ WR Victor Cruz.