Russell Carrington Wilson was born on November 29, 1988 and he is an American football player for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL).

Russell Wilson Biography

Wilson was born at The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati,  and grew up in Richmond, Virginia, the son of Harrison Benjamin Wilson III, an attorney, and Tammy Wilson (born Turner), director of nursing. 

He has an older brother, Harrison IV, and a younger sister, Anna. Wilson began playing soccer with his father and brother at the age of four, and played his first organized game for the Tuckahoe Tomahawks youth soccer team in sixth grade. 

His great-great-grandfather has been a slave to a Confederate colonel and was freed after the American Civil War. His paternal grandfather, Harrison B. Wilson Jr., used to be a former president of Norfolk State University who played football and basketball at Kentucky State University, and his paternal grandmother, Anna W. Wilson, was in the faculty of Jackson State University. 

His maternal grandfather was the painter AB Jackson.  According to genetic admixture analysis, Wilson is 62% African, 36% European, 1% West Asian, and 1% Central Asian.  His European family lineage dates back to 524 AD to Saint Arnulf of Metz via Charlemagne.

His father was playing football and baseball at Dartmouth and was a wide receiver for the 1980 San Diego Chargers preseason team. His brother Harry was playing football and baseball at the University of Richmond, and his sister Anna plays basketball at Stanford. 

His father died on June 9, 2010 at age 55 due to complications from diabetes , the day after Wilson was drafted by the Rockies.

He is one of the best athletes.

Russell Wilson Career

He was attending Collegiate School, a preparatory school in Richmond, Virginia.  As a junior in 2005, he was throwing for 3,287 passing yards and 40 passing touchdowns and rushed for 634 rushing yards and 15 rushing touchdowns.  He has been named an all-district, all-region, and all-state player. He was two times named the Richmond Times-Dispatch Player of the Year

As a senior, he threw for 3,009 passing yards, 34 passing touchdowns, and seven interceptions. Additionally, he rushed for 1,132 yards and 18 touchdowns. 

That year, he has been named all-conference and all-state player, as well as conference player of the year. He was featured in Sports Illustrated magazine for his performance in the state championship win. He was also serving as president of his senior class. 

During his time in high school, he was attending the Manning Passing Academy, a summer football clinic run by multiple NFL MVP award winner Peyton Manning. Because of this encounter, Manning was recognizing him many years later when the latter had flown to Denver to discuss the possibility of being drafted by the Denver Broncos, where Manning had recently was signing. 

In addition to playing football, he was also a member of the College’s basketball and baseball teams. 

Russell Wilson NFL Records
  • Most passing yards in a playoff game by a rookie: 385 seasons (24); most total wins in the first two seasons (28, including playoffs) 
  • Most wins by a quarterback in the regular season in his first three seasons: 36 
  • Most wins by a quarterback in the regular season in his first four seasons: 46
  • Most regular season wins by a quarterback in his first five seasons: 56 (tied with Matt Ryan) 
  • Most wins by a quarterback in the regular season in his first six seasons: 65 
  • Most wins by a quarterback in the regular season in his first seven seasons: 75 
  • Most regular season wins by a quarterback in his first eight seasons: 86 (tied with Tom Brady) 
  • Most wins by a quarterback in the regular season in his first nine seasons: 98 
  • First quarterback to throw for at least 300 yards and rush for at least 100 yards in a single game (against the St. Louis Rams on October 19, 2014) 
  • Most touchdown passes thrown in the first three games of a season: 14 (2020) 
  • Most touchdown passes thrown in the first four games of a season: 16 (tied with Peyton Manning) (2020) 
  • Most touchdown passes thrown in the first six games of a season: 22 (tied with Peyton Manning) (2020) 
  • Most games with at least one passing touchdown, single season (tied with twelve other players): 16, 2015 
  • Most consecutive games with at least three touchdown passes and no interceptions: 5, 2015 
  • Fourth-highest passer rating, career (min. 1,500 attempts): 101.7 
  • First and only quarterback to have a passer rating of 128.3 or higher in five consecutive games
  • The first and only quarterback in NFL history to have 4,000+ passing yards, 30+ passing touchdowns, and 500+ rushing yards in the same season (2015). 
  • Shortest quarterback in NFL history to start (XLVIII, XLIX) and win a Super Bowl (XLVIII). 
  • First African-American quarterback to start in multiple Super Bowls. 

Russell Wilson Trade

On February 7, 2018, he was traded from the Rangers to the New York Yankees and assigned to the Yankees’ Double-A affiliate, the Trenton Thunder.

He grew up a Yankees fan and promised his late father that he would one day wear a Yankees uniform.

On March 2, he pinch-hit for Aaron Judge in the fifth inning against the Atlanta Braves, his first appearance in a professional baseball game since 2011. He was strucking out on five pitches from Braves pitcher Max fried.

Russell Wilson Injury

Russell Wilson will miss several weeks of playing after undergoing surgery on the middle finger of his right hand on Friday.

Wilson posted a photo last night after surgery at the Southern California hospital. He flew to Los Angeles to consult with a hand specialist and determine the course of action to take to repair the injury he sustained Thursday night in Seattle’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

NFL Network reported that Wilson had screws inserted to stabilize his finger.

In the afternoon, Seattle coach Pete Carroll declined to provide details about the injury before Wilson consulted with a specialist in the Los Angeles area. Carroll said Wilson initially underwent X-ray tests after the 26-17 loss to the Rams.

“I want him to go to a specialist and be the one to tell us,” Carroll said. “But surely there is something. There is definitely something and we are going to find out the seriousness of that and what is the next step to deal with it.

Russell Wilson Net Worth

His current net worth is $165 million as of 2022 . The player earns an annual base salary of $24 million from his current club. In his long career of 10 seasons, he was arning $181,362,520. 

Previously, he was earning a $22 million annual salary from the Seahawks. Under the new contract, his salary will increase to $24 million in the 2023 season. The player earns a nice additional sum from his endorsement deals.

Russell Wilson Contract

On April 16, 2019, he was signing a four-year, $140 million contract extension to remain with the Seahawks through the 2023 season, making him the highest-paid player in the NFL

In Week 2 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he was throwing for 300 yards and three touchdowns as the Seahawks won 28–26, earning him NFC Offensive Player of the Week. 

In Week 3 against the New Orleans Saints, he was completing 32 passes for 406 yards and two touchdown passes. In addition, he was rushing seven times for 51 yards and two rushing touchdowns in a 33-27 loss. 

In Week 5 against the Los Angeles Rams, he was throwing for 268 yards and four touchdowns in a 30–29 win at Thursday Night Football . 

The following week, in a 32–28 victory over the Cleveland Browns, he had 295 passing yards and two passing touchdowns.  In Week 9 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he threw for 378 yards and five touchdowns in a 40–34 overtime win, assuming the league lead in touchdowns and quarterback rating.

He had been named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance.  In week 10 against the then-undefeated San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football, he was throwing for 232 yards, a touchdown, an interception and led the Seahawks to a 27-24 victory in overtime.

He was finishing the 2019 season with 4,110 passing yards, 31 passing touchdowns and five interceptions along with 75 carries for 342 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns as the Seahawks finished with an 11-5 record andhe was entering the playoffs as the No. 5 seed in the season NFC seed. 

He had been once again named to the Pro Bowl, but also made his first appearance on the AP All-Pro team, being named second-team quarterback after Lamar Jackson. 

In the Wild Card Round against the Philadelphia Eagles, he was completing 18 of 30 passes for 325 yards and a touchdown. Additionally, he was rushing nine times for 45 yards. He was representing 95 percent of the Seahawks’ total offense and led them to a 17–9 victory over the Eagles.

In the Divisional Round against the Green Bay Packers, he was throwing for 277 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 64 yards during a 28–23 loss. 

He was ranked second in the NFL Top 100 Players of 2020, the highest of his career, passing big-name quarterbacks such as Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers, and Tom Brady.

He was graduating from NC State with a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting/communications in 2010 after three years of study. After transferring to the University of Wisconsin, he was earning a master’s degree in educational leadership and policy analysis. 

Russell Wilson Wife

He met his first wife, Ashton Meem, when they were both high school students. They were married in January 2012 and divorced in April 2014. 

He is married to American R&B singer Ciara. They start dating in early 2015 and announced their engagement on March 11, 2016. 

They got married on July 6, 2016, at Peckforton Castle in Cheshire, England. Their daughter, was born on April 28, 2017. 

On January 30, 2020, they was announcing that they were expecting their second child together.  Their son was born on July 23, 2020. 

He is a devout Christian. He frequently is talking about his Christian faith on his social media accounts. Him and Ciara took a vow to be celibate until they were married.

His younger sister Anna plays basketball at Stanford.

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