‘I’m Rooting For You All’: Russell Wilson Delivers a Passionate Address to His Cancer Foundation

Published 11/04/2021, 10:52 AM EDT
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – FEBRUARY 02: Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks reacts in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos during Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)


Russell Wilson may be a terrific quarterback on the field, but he’s a delightful human being off it as well. Along with being a star athlete, Wilson is an entrepreneur and philanthropist. Alongside his wife, popstar and actress, Ciara, Russell Wilson, runs the ‘Why Not You foundation’ for cancer patients. Recently, he delivered a strong statement to cancer patients in his foundation.

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Russell Wilson with words of encouragement to cancer patients

SEATTLE, WA – OCTOBER 07: Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks runs out for the game against the Los Angeles Rams at Lumen Field on October 7, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

Russell Willson’s father passed away in 2010 because of diabetes related issues. In his honor, he set up a foundation which the Vince Lombardi Foundation selected, and became an important donor. Since then, the Seahawks QB has channeled a significant portion of his energy into ensuring patients get decent healthcare.

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He recently addressed a bunch of cancer patients and provided them with words of encouragement. In typical quarterback fashion, he addressed the gathering like they were his teammates. “Well, if I can say one thing, I know you guys have gone through so much, and I know cancer is not the most fun thing in the world.”

“But I will say that all the kids that I’ve met, all the people I’ve met over the time, your mindsets everything and what you tell yourself. What you tell yourself is gonna help change you. It’s gonna help change your circumstances in terms of emotionally every day, mentally every day, and spiritually every day. So I’m rooting for you all and we love you all, and as my dad would always say, ‘Why not you’, you know. Why not you? I see you, Big Lo, I see you up there. And I love you guys and we appreciate you.”

He even acknowledged a few members of the foundation by name and declared his love for them. “Payton, Laura, Michelle, Cheryl, Dean, Roxanne, Kembra. I just wanna say hi to you guys, and keep going, keep going. Don’t give up, don’t give up. Alright, love you guys. Go Hawks!”

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When will we see Wilson return to the gridiron?

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The Seattle Seahawks quarterback suffered a split finger during a week four fixture against Los Angeles Rams. Since then, Geno Smith has led the Seahawks into battle, but only emerged victorious once. They beat Jacksonville Jaguars, but few were impressed with the Seahawks’ performance.

There’s a lot of anticipation for Russell Wilson’s return from injury. Although Geno Smith is doing a good job, some can say Wilson is arguably the rock that holds the Seahawks together. Right now, Wilson is still healing from the injury, but many count on his return to be in the coming month.

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A return in November is likely for Russell Wilson, but he may not be at 100 percent. We might have to wait a little longer to see the trio of DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett and Wilson set the field on fire at Lumen Field.

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Nathan Fulgado

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Nathan Fulgado is an NFL author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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