26 seconds left. Isolating Seattle’s Ricardo Lockette against New England’s rookie defensive back, Malcolm Butler, the odds were in the hands of Lockette and Russell Wilson, but the ball was not. The pass thrown by Russell Wilson looked an easy completion, but the Patriots rookie read and intercepted the pass of Wilson. This game will go down in history due to questionable play calling, but Russell Wilson should not be at fault.
Wilson played perfectly. His throws were crisp, his runs were smart, and led his team to the Patriot’s one-yard line with less than a minute to go. As a one-time Super Bowl winner, Wilson is not only the face of the Seahawks, but the face of professional sports in the United States. After only making $798,651 in the 2014-2015 season, the Seahawks will likely make him the highest paid player in NFL history. He’s already accomplished so much and I believe he has yet to reach his ceiling.
Growing up in Richmond, Virginia, Wilson’s development as a person was as great as his development as an athlete. In October, Wilson opened himself up on The Players Tribune. “I used to beat people up. Truthfully, I used to beat people up a lot. Many readers probably think I have been a Mr. Goody Two-Shoes my whole life, but honestly, I was a bully growing up.”
“I was saved by my faith when I was 14 years old and was able to start living for others just instead of myself.” Wilson lives for others to this day. Upon being drafted by the Seahawks, Wilson contacted the local Children’s Hospital, wondering if he could volunteer his time with the kids. Since being drafted, he’s formed meaningful relationships with the children, staff, and volunteers. His selflessness makes him a truly different breed.
Wilson’s ability to make his teammates better is truly astonishing. Sure, his defense of one of the most dangerous of all-time. But despite having Marshawn Lynch next to him, Wilson doesn’t have much offensive firepower.
For example: Prior to drafting of Russell Wilson, Golden Tate only caught 33 passes for 382 yards and three touchdowns. During Wilson’s rookie season, Tate caught 45 passes for 688 yards and seven scores. Every year, Wilson and Tate’s production increased. So much that, during last off-season, Tate was signed to a five year $31 million deal with the Detroit Lions. Wilson also benefited the statistics and wallets of Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, and Super Bowl newcomer, Chris Matthews.
While Wilson is one of the most selfless people I have ever seen, I believe that he deserves to become the highest paid player in the National Football League. He will put a high percentage of the money given to him will be put right back into the Seattle and Richmond communities alike. While it won’t help Seattle’s salary cap in the future, they’ll have a responsible and proven leader who will win two or three more championships during the course of his career.
Born in NYC x Raised in VA