Russell Wilson is a popular quarterback of American football, playing for the “Seattle Seahawks” of the National Football League. Although he initially played only a handful of sports such as baseball and basketball, it was football that made him shine the most during his studies at the University of Wisconsin. Because of his impressive performance and obvious talent, he was later selected by the Seahawks as 12th in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Russell Carrington Wilson was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on November 29, 1988, the son of Harrison Benjamin (father) and Tammy Wilson (mother). As a child, he grew up in Richmond, Virginia, where his passion for football began to grow. He is the second child of his parents and has two siblings, an older brother, Harrison IV, and a younger sister, Anna Wilson.
As a young boy, he attended Collegiate School, a preparatory school in Richmond, Virginia. In 2005, when he was still a junior, he joined the football team where he scored 40 touchdowns and threw 3,287 yards. He showed similar performance in high school when he scored seven interceptions, 34 touchdowns, and 3,009 yards. Because of his great performance, he was named “Conference Player of the Year” as senior national team quarterback.
Wilson broke records when he became the first rookie quarterback to receive the All-ACC First Team Honors while studying at North Carolina State University. In 2010, he was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in Major League Baseball. However, he got into a disagreement with his coach Tom O’Brien, which led him to make the decision to transfer to another college for his final year, this time choosing the University of Wisconsin. This ended his college football career at the Senior Bowl on 28 January 2012.
Russell Wilson’s Professional Career
He had a minor setback at first, as most scouts thought his size of 5’11 years was too small for the NFL, despite his achievements in college football, but fortune smiled on him when the Seattle Seahawks selected him as part of their 2012 NFL draft after five other quarterbacks had already been selected.
During his time with the Seahawks, he made his regular debut with a 20-16 defeat to the Arizona Cardinals. He also stormed to 489 yards and scored 3,118 touchdowns. In his 2013 season, he ended the season with a pass rate of 101.2, 26 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions. In the 2014 season, the Seahawks reached a Super Bowl spot, making their biggest comeback in the franchise’s history.
Awards And Networth
As for his achievements, Russell has received some well-deserved awards that testify to his contribution to his league and the NFL in general. Some of his awards are Steve Largent Award (2012), NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month (December 2012), NFC Offensive Player of the Week (seven times), PFWA Good Guy Award (2014). Other successes include 17th place in the NFL’s top 100 players in 2016 and being named offensive captain of the Seahawks on 5 September 2017 for the fifth consecutive year.
Looking back over his incredible career over the years, Russell Wilson has definitely been putting a smile on his face for some time. In 2018, he was worth a whopping $120 million, making him the second-highest player in the NFL.
Ethnicity, Parents, Siblings
Russell Wilson certainly does not look like the average black man, as he has lighter skin and Caucasian looking hair. So fans and enthusiasts alike are wondering what exactly his true ethnic background is. You might be interested to know that Russell is a mixed race. This is because his father is African-American while his mother is Indian.
His father, “Harrison III”, was an athlete who played baseball and football at Dartmouth, but eventually practiced as a lawyer. His mother, “Tammy”, on the other hand, is an advisor to a paralegal. He has two siblings who are also active in sports. His younger sister plays basketball for Stanford, while his older brother played college football and baseball at the University of Richmond.
Russell Wilson Wife, Divorce, Girlfriend
Russell Wilson first married his high school sweetheart Ashton Meem in 2012. Both met while studying at the Collegiate School in Richmond. They also managed to maintain a long-distance relationship that eventually led to their marriage. However, they ended the relationship in 2014, with Russell asking for privacy and refusing to comment further. Nevertheless, there is a rumor that Ashton cheated on him with the Seahawk’s wide receiver, Golden Tate. Although this allegation has not been officially confirmed by Russell, many believe the story, considering how suddenly their association ended.
After the unpleasant divorce, Russell started dating the American R&B singer Ciara in early 2015.
They fell deeply in love and decided to go one step further. Their engagement was announced on March 11, 2016, and on July 6, 2016, they tied the knot at Peckforton Castle in Cheshire, England. They have a daughter named, Sienna Princess Wilson, who was born on April 28, 2017. Before she married Russell, Ciara was once married to the rapper ace Future, and they have a son together, Future Zahir. Moreso, after the marriage Future Jnr. legally became Russell’s stepson.
In fact, sport is a family activity. Even with the ladies it is deeply rooted, and Anna Wilson is certainly a happy girl. Anna is the younger sister of Russell, who was born in the United States on July 12, 1997. She is a basketball player who was coached by her father Harrison III, who was a professional athlete himself. She also trains with Russell when she gets the chance to sharpen her skills and keep in shape because he is a tough opponent. This has certainly helped her to advance in her career.
Unfortunately, she suffered a concussion which slowed her down and almost threatened her career. Fortunately, she was treated and is currently working her way back to the top by playing for Stanford.