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Russell Carrington Wilson, an American football quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League, is currently the second highest rated NFL passer of all time behind Aaron Rodgers. Here are very interesting facts about the football player:

  1. Wilson was born on November 29, 1988, at The Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio. He is descendant of mixed race with African, European, west Asian and central Asian family lineage.
  2. He is second of three children to Harrison Benjamin Wilson III, a lawyer and Tammy Wilson, a consultant nurse. He has an older brother Harrison IV and a younger sister Anna.
  3. He was taught football by his older brother and father at the age of 4 or 5. They use tospend countless hours throwing passes on the lawn of collegiate school at Richmond.
  4. Wilson lost his father on June 09, 2010, after a lengthy battle with diabetes. He believed that his dad along with the lord was guiding me.
  5. Before each football practice, Wilson gets his wrist taped with three messages on it. A message on football for the day, a scripture passage and a reminder of the person who helped make it all possible.
  6. In his junior day at Collegiate School in Richmond, Virginia, in 2005, he threw for 3287 yards with 40 touchdowns and rushed for 634 yards. He was twice named the ‘Richmond Times-Dispatch’ Player of the Year.
  7. Wilson had to take the wheels while driving with his father near Fredericksburg, after his father started to blackout due to diabetes. Wilson climbed on his father’s lap, steering the car till the intersection before getting help of motorist.
  8. Apart from football, he played basketball and baseball for his collegiate school. He also served as his class president during his senior year.
  9. After graduating from high school, he was selected by ‘Baltimore Orioles’ into 2007 Major League Baseball Draft with a signing bonus of $ 350,000. Wilson with an eye for college education opted for NC State
  10. Although Wilson joined ‘North Carolina State University’ in 2007, he was redshirted for that season.
  11. Wilson was named the first-Team All-ACC quarterback by the ‘The Atlantic Coast Conference,’ in his inaugural year. He is the first rookie to be named to the first team, in conference history.
  12. In 2009, Wilson set a NCAA record of 379 consecutive pass attempts without an interception until it was broken in 2012 by Colby Cameron. The earlier record was in the name of Andre Woodson with 325 attempts’.
  13. In May 2010, he graduated with BA in communication and joined graduate level business courses to achieve one of his post athletic career goals. He is of the view that if football is going to give me a full scholarship, you might as well use it in the right way and try to learn something.
  14. In January 2011, he joined ‘Colorado Rockies’ for the baseball spring season training as he failed to receive any invitation from NFL. He was released by NC State,from his football scholarship.
  15. In the summer of 2011, he played 32 games as a baseman for Tri-City Dust Devils and 61 games with Ashevillie Tourists with 230 and 228 batting averages respectively.
  16. On June 27, 2011, he committed with ‘Wisconsin Badgers’ and made his debut against ‘UNVL’ on September 01. He was named ‘Griese-Brees Big Ten Quarterback of the Year’ and made it to All-Big Ten.
  17. He was named the‘Grange-Griffin Most Valuable Player’ in the 2011 Big Ten Football Championship.’ The Badgers defeated M.S Spartans by a score of 42-39, with 255 yards passing and three touchdowns from Wilson.
  18. On April 27, 2012, he was signed up by ‘Seattle Seahawks’ in the third round of the draft. It was felt, that his height at 5’ 11’’ was the main issue for not being picked in the first rounds.
  19. He made his preseason debut for Seahawks on August 11, 2012, against Tennessee Titans after signing a $ 2.99 million contract.
  20. Wilson became the first black starting quarterback and the shortest quarterback to win a Super Bowl, when Seahawks defeated’ Denver Broncos’ 43 to 8 to win the ‘National Football League.
  21. He led Seahawks to ‘2014 NFC Championship’ with 35 yards touchdown pass to Kearse in the extra time to defeat ‘Green Bay Packers’ 28-22, after trailing 16-0 at half time. It was the largest postseason comeback in franchise history.
  22. In 2014, he became part-owner of ‘Eat the Ball,’ a European bread company. He also founded a cloth line ‘Good Man Brand’ in February 2016.
  23. On July 31, 2015, Wilson signed a four years contract extension worth $ 87.6 million including a signing bonus of $ 31 million. It is one of the richest contracts in football history of quarterbacks.
  24. Wilson became the first Seahawks quarterback to throw over 4000 yards in a season. He also recorded 4024 passing yards and 34 touchdowns with highest passing rating of 110.1 in a single season to his credit.
  25. In the beginning 2016 season, he injured his ankle after getting stepped on by NdamukongSuh. He also injured his knee when Eli Harold brought him to the ground with his left leg bent awkwardly.
  26. He has many endorsement deals with Levi’s, American Family Insurance, Pepsi, Nike, Alaska Airlines, Microsoft, Duracell, Braun, Bose, United Way and Larson Automotive Group.
  27. Wilson gets a mention in Eminem’s 2013 song ‘The Monster.’ He has also appeared on the cover of several sports, fitness and health illustrated magazines.
  28. Wilson is married to his longtime girlfriend Ciara on July 06, 2016, at the Peckforton Castle, Cheshire, England and they have baby girl Sienna Princess Wilson, born on April 28, 2017. He had divorced his first wife, Ashton Meem in April 2014.
  29. He is the National Ambassador for ‘Charles Ray III Diabetes Association.’ He is an active volunteer in Seattle community and makes weekly visit to Seattle Children Hospital. His foundation raised $ 1 million for the children’s hospital.
  30. On November 14, 2016, he announced that along with Chris Hansen, Wally Walker, Erik and Pete Nordstrom are working to bring a new sports arena to Seattle for potential NBA and NHL teams.
  31. Russell Wilson Net Worth: As of October 2016, Russell Wilson’s net worth is $120 million.

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