Russell Carrington Wilson, born November 29, 1988, is an American football quarterback for the National Football League’s Denver Broncos (NFL). From 2008 to 2010, he played collegiate football and baseball at N.C. State before moving to Wisconsin in 2011, where he established the single-season FBS record for passing efficiency (191.8) and led the Badgers to a Big Ten championship and the 2012 Rose Bowl.
He also played minor league baseball as a second baseman with the Tri-City Dust Devils in 2010 and the Asheville Tourists in 2011. His professional baseball rights are currently held by the Somerset Patriots, the New York Yankees’ Double-A club.
Wilson was drafted in the third round (75th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. Wilson won the starting job over Matt Flynn during training camp. He went on to have a fantastic rookie season, tying Peyton Manning’s then-record for most throwing touchdowns by a rookie (26) and being voted Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year.
Wilson has been nominated to nine Pro Bowls and has helped lead the Seahawks to two consecutive Super Bowl victories, most recently in Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos. He has the most wins by an NFL quarterback in nine seasons (98) and is one of just four quarterbacks in NFL history with a career passer rating of 100 or higher.
Wilson agreed to a four-year, $140 million contract extension with the Seahawks in April 2019, making him the highest-paid player in the NFL. He became only the third quarterback in NFL history to throw for thirty touchdowns in four straight seasons in 2020.
Wilson is primarily recognized as one of the NFL’s greatest dual-threat quarterbacks. Wilson owns a stake in the Major League Soccer team Seattle Sounders F.C. (MLS). The Sounders won the 2019 MLS Cup after he purchased his minority share.
Background and Early Life of Russell Wilson
Wilson was born at Cincinnati’s Christ Hospital and raised in Richmond, Virginia. Harrison Benjamin Wilson III, a lawyer, and Tammy Wilson (née Turner), a nurse director, are his parents.
Harrison IV, his older brother, and Anna, his younger sister Wilson began playing football with his father and brother when he was four. In sixth grade, he made his first organized appearance with the Tuckahoe Tomahawks youth football club.
Wilson’s great-great-grandfather was a Confederate colonel’s slave who was emancipated following the American Civil War. Wilson’s paternal grandpa, Harrison B. Wilson Jr., was a former president of Norfolk State University who also played football and basketball at Kentucky State University. His paternal grandmother, Anna W. Wilson, was an assistant professor at Jackson State University.
According to a DNA admixture study, Wilson is 62% African, 36% European, 1% West Asian, and 1% Central Asian. His European ancestors can be traced down to Saint Arnulf of Metz in 524 A.D., via Charlemagne. A. B. Jackson, a well-known painter, was Wilson’s maternal grandfather.
Wilson’s father played football and baseball at Dartmouth and was a wide receiver on the preseason team with the San Diego Chargers in 1980. Wilson’s brother, Harry, was a football and baseball player at the University of Richmond, and his sister, Anna, is a Stanford basketball player.
Wilson’s father died on June 9, 2010, at 55, from diabetes complications, the day after the Rockies picked Wilson.
Russell Wilson’s Net Worth?
Russell Wilson is an American football player who makes a living on the field. He is worth $165 million. From 2012 to 2021, Russell Wilson played for the Seattle Seahawks. Before the 2022 season, he moved to the Broncos. As of this writing, he has played in and won one of two Super Bowls.
Salary and Contracts
On July 31, 2015, the Seattle Seahawks extended Wilson’s contract by four years and paid him $87.6 million more. His base salary went up to $12.34 million for the 2016 season, then to $12.6 million the following year, $15.5 million in 2018, and $17 million in 2019. There was a signing bonus of $31 million, and the money was guaranteed to be $60 million.
Russell and the Seattle Seahawks signed a new four-year, $140 million deal on April 16, 2019. At the time, the contract came with a huge signing bonus of $65 million and was the richest deal in NFL history. The agreement guaranteed money worth a total of $107 million.
Russell’s contract with the Seahawks was taken over by the Broncos when they bought him before the 2022 season. Russell will get $24 million for the 2022 season and $27 million for the 2023 season because of the deal. Russell made $35 million per year during his last two years with the Seahawks.
Personal Life of Russell Wilson
Wilson is a very sincere Christian. On his social media accounts, he talks about his faith a lot. Russell Wilson met Ashton Meem when they were both in high school in Richmond, Virginia. She was also a star athlete in high school.
When he went to North Carolina State, she went to the University of Georgia. In 2010, when Wilson moved to Wisconsin, she went with him. The wedding was in January 2012, and the couple split up in April 2014. They got divorced, but they still get along.
Early in 2015, Wilson started going out with the singer Ciara. They promised to stay single until they were married. In the middle of March 2016, they said they were getting married. On July 6, 2016, they got married in an English castle.
Their daughter was born on April 28, 2017. Ciara has a son from a relationship she had before. Wilson and Ciara said in January 2020 that they were expecting their second child together.
Wilson is very involved in helping people in need in Seattle. He goes to the Seattle Children’s Hospital weekly on his days off during the NFL season. He runs a football camp for kids called the Russell Wilson Passing Academy when the season is over. He has also met with soldiers at a military base in the area.
Wilson is the Charles Ray III Diabetes Association’s National Ambassador. The money from his football camp for kids in 2012 was given to this foundation. He also hosts an annual charity golf tournament with NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne at the Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum, Washington, east of Seattle.
In 2016, Wilson’s Why Not You Foundation gave the Seattle Children’s Hospital a check for a little more than $1 million for its Strong Against Cancer program. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Wilson and his wife worked with Food Lifeline to give one million meals to needy people.