Russell Wilson Biography

Russell Carrington Wilson is an American footballer who plays in National Football League. Let’s have a look at his family, personal life, career, achievements, childhood, net worth and some fun facts.

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Birthday: November 29, 1988

Nationality: American

Famous: American Football Players American Men

Age: 31 Years, 31 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Also Known As: Russell Carrington Wilson

Born in: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

Famous as: American Football Player

Height: 5'11" (180 cm), 5'11" Males

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Spouse/Ex-: Ciara (m. 2016), Ashton Meem (m. 2012–2014)

father: Harrison Wilson, III

mother: Tammy T. Wilson

siblings: Anna Wilson, Harrison Wilson, IV

U.S. State: Ohio

City: Cincinnati, Ohio

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education: University of Wisconsin–Madison, North Carolina State University

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Russell Carrington Wilson is an American footballer who plays in National Football League for Seattle Seahawks. Starting his career in college, first in North Carolina State University, then Wisconsin university, Russell has come a long way to become one of America’s most popular sportsperson. However, standing at 5’11, he was considered unfit for as brutal a game as football, especially as a quarterback and faced rejection in early phases of his life, but eventually his skills toppled all and he ended up as one of the leading players in the popular NFL team Seattle Seahawks. He also played baseball briefly in college and was initially confused about which sport to pursue as his career, eventually choosing football as it seemed more ‘challenging’. After being drafted in 2012, he showed his speed and strength from the very first game of the season and continued his startling form throughout the tournament, eventually winning the honour of ‘NFL Rookie of the Year’ in his debut series. In the very next year, he led his team to achieve victory in NFL 2013. In 2015, Russell became the highest paid NFL player upon the contract extension with Seahawks for USD 87.6 million.

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Childhood & Early Life
  • Born on 29th November, 1988 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Russell Carrington Wilson hailed from a highly athletic family. He is the second child of Tammy Wilson and Harrison Wilson III. He has an older brother, Harrison IV, and a younger sister, Anna.
  • The Wilson household has a great history of sports; Russell’s grandfather happened to be a two sport superstar at the Kentucky State University back in his time, while his father played football and baseball for Dartmouth. However, his father chose a career in law once he was done with sports and Russell’s mother worked as a nurse.
  • Russell started playing football when he was 4 years old along with his father and brother. Russell was a fast kid and learned quickly and as he grew up. He got the chance to play in the Collegiate School team in 2004 where he led the team to a state championship and eventually earned the honour of Richmond Times Player of the year.
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  • Russell Wilson got enrolled at the North Carolina State University in 2006, despite earning a scholarship from the much coveted Duke University. Playing for NC State, Wilson became the very first freshman quarterback to secure all-ACC first team honours. However, what caused trouble for Wilson was his desire to play baseball, which enraged Coach Tom O’Brien.
  • In 2010, Colorado Rockies drafted Russell for the Major League Baseball. Seeing the situation getting out of hand with his previous coach and team, Russell made a transfer to University of Wisconsin for his final year of college. It turned out to be a great senior year for Wilson, as he led his team to win the Big 10 conference title. He also managed to set a new NCAA record owing to his passing skills. Even then, he was considered not fit for NFL due to his smaller frame but somehow Seattle Seahawks signed him on for the 2012 NFL draft.
  • In May 2012, Seahawks signed Russell on a four year contract and he played his first pre-season match against Kansas City Chefs. In September that year, Russell got to make his regular season debut in a loss against Arizona Cardinals. Russell eventually caught up with the vibe and his game kept improving one game at a time and in the week 10, he was honoured as ‘Pepsi Rookie of the Week’. The regular season ended with Wilson reaching the 4th rank in the NFL passers. By the end of the season, the NFL’s performance based pay program awarded him USD 222,000 for his impactful performance in his debut season.
  • Wilson ended the 2013 Super Bowl Season with a magnificent personal score of 26 touchdown passes and 9 interceptions. By the 13th week, he had already been honoured with ‘NFC Offensive player of the Week’ award for the second time in his career. Upon defeating the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC championship match, Seahawks ensured their entry into the Super Bowl XLVIII. Wilson performed magnificently and earned a cash bonus of USD 169,141 through the league’s Performance Based Programme.
  • In July 2015, Wilson’s contract was extended for 4 years with the Seahawks. Wilson’s performance wasn’t up to the mark for the first few games but he caught up with his best performance and set the record as the only quarterback in the history of NFL to throw 3+ touchdown games without any interceptions in 5 consecutive games.
  • Wilson eventually broke many single records that season, including most passing yards, highest passer rating and most passing touchdowns. Russell, during all these times, was constantly considered as one of the best quarterbacks the team ever had, despite his overall performance lacking punch.
  • Wilson finished the year with highest passer NFL rating and in the pro bowl draft later that year he got drafted as first overall in the 2016 pro-bowl draft by Team Irvin adding one more honour to his name in the game, the Pro Bowl Offensive MVP.
  • In the 2016 season, Wilson was mostly injured, yet he played in all the 16 games, leading his team to an NFC west win. Seahawks got defeated out of the tournament in the divisional round by Atlanta Falcons, but Wilson’s performance was appreciated.
  • Russell Wilson also happens to be the face of many coveted brands such as Microsoft, Alaska Airlines, Duracell, Bose, Pepsi and Nike. In 2014, Wilson co-owned a European bread company named ‘Eat the Ball’ and launched his very own clothing line ‘Good Man Brand’.
  • Along with his business endeavours, he has appeared as the face of several magazines covers and is a regular celebrity on the talk shows such as ‘Late Show with David Letterman’, ‘Charlie Rose’, ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ and ‘Late Night With Seth Meyers’.
Personal Life
  • Russell Wilson has been married twice. He met his first wife Ashton Meem in high school and they got married in 2012, but the couple separated two years later. Russell then started dating American R&B singer Ciara in 2015 and tied the knot with her the very next year. The couple became parents to a girl child in April 2017. The couple also owns two dogs - Prince and Naomi - that they claim are part of their family.
  • Russell is quite an active social worker and helps collecting funds for diabetes patients and for creating awareness about the disease. He also provides funds to Seattle Children Hospital and visits it regularly.
Net Worth
  • As of June 2017, Russell Carrington Wilson’s net worth is USD 120 million.

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