Russell Wilson is a 31-year-old NFL quarterback who was born on November 29th, 1988. The NFL star has spent 8 seasons with the Seattle Seahawks. He entered the 2012 NFL draft and went at 75th overall to the Seattle Seahawks. Wilson was the 3rd pick by the Seahawks at the draft and became the 6th quarterback of the draft class to find a taker.
He repaid the Seattle Seahawks’ faith soon enough by leading the team to their maiden Super Bowl in his sophomore season. To prove that it was not a one-off, Russell Wilson shepherded the Seattle Seahawks to the Super Bowl in the next season itself. However, they fell to the New England Patriots.
The quarterback has not missed a single regular season or playoff game since his draft.
As per NFL.com, the quarterback has featured in 128 NFL games whilst wearing the Seattle Seahawks No.3 jersey. The quarterback has completed 2,436 passes from 3,777 attempts. As a result, Russell Wilson has a completion percentage of 64.5. Furthermore, he has passed for 29,734 yards and has 227 touchdowns.
In the regular season, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback has made 720 rushing attempts and gained 3,993 yards. Russell Wilson has registered 19 touchdowns.
As per Pro-Football-Reference, Russell Wilson has featured in 15 playoff games. Here the quarterback had 264 completions from 424 attempts for a completion percentage of 62.3. He passed for 3,612 yards and 23 touchdowns. Whilst rushing in the playoffs, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback gained 477 yards and registered 3 touchdowns.
In addition to winning a Super Bowl, Russell Wilson laid claim to a wide assortment of accolades. He claimed Rookie of the Year in 2012 and made it to the Pro-Bowl on 7 occasions (2012-2015, 2017-2019), and made it to the 2nd team All-Pro in 2019. In 2017, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback led the NFL in passing touchdowns with 34.
Russell Wilson holds a multitude of NFL records as well. In his first NFL season, he claimed the most passing yards in a playoff game by a rookie. As of 2018, he is tied at 86 with Tom Brady for most wins by a quarterback in their first 8 NFL campaigns. Furthermore, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback became the first to finish a game with 300+ passing yards and 100+ rushing yards.
The Seahawks fell-out of the Wild Card round with a loss to the Los Angeles Rams after a successful campaign under Wilson. His regular-season stats as of week 17, 2020 came in with 4,335 passing attempts and 2,820 passing completions. Moreover, he rounds out the campaign with 33,946 passing yards with 21 rushing touchdowns.
As per Spotrac, Wilson is on a 4-year contract worth $140 million. He signed the deal ahead of the 2019 NFL season and earns a salary of approximately $35 million per season. This is a far cry from his Seattle Seahawks rookie contract that saw him earn a salary of $2.99 million across 4 years.
As per Celebrity Net Worth, Russell Wilson has a net worth of $135 million. He is one of the highest-paid athletes in the world. Chiefly, Wilson earned $90 million from his various endeavors. The contract that Wilson signed came with a whopping $65 million signing bonus which came in as the richest deal in NFL history.
The XLVIII Super Bowl champion has had an immensely successful run pre NFL start in 2012 with ACC Rookie of the Year, ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year, and First-team-All-ACC in 2008. Moreover, he had a First-team All-Big-Ten in 2011.
Furthermore, he’s an 8-time Pro Bowl runner right from 2012- 2020 with a single gap in 2016. He also has the distinction of being a three-time Steve Largent Award in 2012, 2018, and 2019. Not to mention, Wilson was the passing touchdowns leader in 2017.
The Seattle Seahawks quarterback launched the ‘Why Not You Foundation ‘ in the year 2014. As per its website, the initiative’s mission is to create lasting change. They aim to do so by focusing on the youth and preparing them to be leaders.
Furthermore, the Foundation even works with Seattle Children’s Hospital and raises money for its Strong Against Cancer Initiative. In 2016, as per People.com, the ‘Why Not You Foundation’ raised $1.06 million for the initiative.
Also, the quarterback tied up with Seattle-based Russell investments and worked both towards charity and helping his side. In 2013 and 2014, with the ‘Invested with Russell’ program, a sum of $3,000 was donated for every Russell Wilson rushing or passing touchdown.
Besides this, Wilson also supports the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. He does so by collaborating with NASCAR racer Kasey Kahne to organize a charity golf event. In 2014, the event raised $220k and $600,000 in 2015. Earlier in 2020, Wilson and his wife joined hands with a non-profit organization called Food Lifeline and donated 1 million meals to those in need in the community who had been hit by the Coronavirus pandemic. He’s also supported Bill and Melinda Gates as well as Make-a-wish Foundation.
According to Forbes, Wilson has appeared in endorsements with Microsoft, Nike, Bose, United Way, Alaska Airlines, Braun, Eat the Ball, and Luvo.
Furthermore, Russell Wilson is part of MLS franchise Seattle Sounders FC’s ownership group.
Russell Wilson has had 2 marriages. As per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, he married his first wife Ashton Meem as a college senior in 2012. However, as per Seattle Times, Wilson filed for divorce following his 3rd season in the NFL in 2014.
Two years later, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback married his second wife, Ciara Harris, at a wedding ceremony in England. A year later, the couple had their first child, Sienna Princess Wilson, and as of this moment, the Wilsons recently welcomed their son.
|Height||5 ft 11 in|
|Super Bowl||1 (XLVIII)|
|Wife||Ciara Princess Harris Wilson|
|Endorsements||Alaska Airlines, Microsoft, Nike, Bose, Luvo, Braun, United Way|
|Residence||Bellevue, WA (current). |
Wisconsin, Richmond, North Carolina (former)
|Major Achievements||Second-team All-Pro (2019) |
8-time Pro Bowl (2012-2015, 2017-2020)
3-time Steve Largent Award (2012, 2018, 2019)
NFL passing rating leader (2015)
NFL passing touchdowns leader