The face of a Seattle icon is on the cover of the next issue of Rolling Stone, but it’s not one of our Northwest music heroes like Macklemore or Eddie Vedder — it’s Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. “Russell Wilson: The Chosen One” is a long profile of our star QB, and it touches on Russell’s childhood:
Whatever anger Russell had was bled out when he was 14 and found God one night at his football camp. A dream conveyed to him that his father wouldn’t be with him forever and he needed to get right with Jesus. Wilson replaced tantrums with focus. Even as a seven-year-old in T-ball, he’d reposition players, and if the ball was hit to him, he’d run it to first base, lest anyone else screw up his play.
His formative years as a football player:
Russell Wilson stands about five feet 11, which is a nice height unless you’re an NFL quarterback. In that case, you’ve grown up with a chip the size of an exurban deck on your shoulder. Naysayers used to get their words of doubt scribbled on Post-it notes that went on Wilson’s wall. When he was a freshman at NC State, a coach suggested Wilson should switch to defensive back. Instead, Wilson went into the head coach’s office and proclaimed he would be named the starting quarterback, become All-ACC and be drafted into the NFL. All those things came true.
His business ventures:
Wilson is an investor in Reliant Recovery Water, a $3-per-bottle concoction with nanobubbles and electrolytes that purportedly helps people recover quickly from workouts and, according to Wilson, injury. He mentions a teammate whose knee healed miraculously, and then he shares his own testimonial. “I banged my head during the Packers game in the playoffs, and the next day I was fine,” says Wilson. “It was the water.”
His relationship with the pop singer Ciara:
Wilson glances down at his phone. I can see Ciara is calling. “We connect so well, and we have the same vision,” he says. I wonder if the hip-hop world is a bit of a stretch for the buttoned-up Wilson. He laughs. “No, it’s a perfect fit, you know? Is it weird? No. It feels right.”
And of course, “the most infamous Super Bowl play in history”:
He mentioned that his Super Bowl interception was all part of God’s plan: “The play happens, I take three steps, and God says to me, ‘I’m using you.’ My sixth step, God says to me, ‘I want to see how you respond, but more importantly I want [the world] to see how you respond.’ ” “You can’t get that Super Bowl back,” says Wilson in a low monotone. “But when you get to the next one, what will you do because of that one? I’ve learned how to use the good and the bad from wins and losses, and use them for the next situation. It’s a constant progression.”
Great story — and there’s lots more. Pick up the September 10 issue of Rolling Stone or read it here.