Russell Wilson is a quarterback playing for the Denver Broncos. He used to be the starting quarterback for the Seahawks till the 2021 season. The quarterback has been playing in the NFL since 2012 and led the Seahawks to their only Super Bowl win in 2014. Wilson won the Bart Starr award in 2022 for his performances in the Seahawks jersey. Wilson played professional baseball prior to his career in the NFL.
Russell Wilson’s Early Life and Background
Wilson was born on November 29th, 1988 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He grew up in Richmond, Virginia. Wilson graduated from Stone Bridge High School in Virginia where he was given the honour of all-region, all-district, and all-state player (for football). He joined North Carolina State University and played as the starting quarterback. However, he was often at odds with his football coach Tom O’Brien as he also continued to play baseball. Wilson was drafted by the Colorado Rockies of the Major League Baseball in 2010. Due to differences with O’Brien, he transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Madison for his final year of collegiate eligibility. Wilson enjoyed an outstanding senior year, leading the Badgers to the Big 10 conference title while setting an NCAA record for passing efficiency
Who Drafted Russell Wilson?
Russell Wilson was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2012 NFL Draft. He was the 75th overall pick and was selected in the third round of the Draft. Wilson who is 5 feet 11 inches, was considered to be short for a quarterback, which led him to be the sixth quarterback pick. Linebacker Luke Kuechly, quarterback Andrew Luck, and linebacker Bobby Wagner are some of the prominent players who were drafted along with Wilson in 2012.
Russell Wilson’s NFL Journey
Wilson was named the starting quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks in his first season with them in 2012. Wilson had to compete with Matt Flynn and Tarvaris Jackson for the starting spot. Wilson was named the Rookie of the Year in 2012 as he helped the Seahawks end the season with a five-game winning streak and he also made a total of 26 touchdowns that season. He helped the Seahawks claim an NFC West title in the following season. The Seahawks made it to Super Bowl XLVIII and Russell Wilson became only the fourth quarterback to win a Super Bowl in his second season at the NFL. He made two touchdown passes in the 43-8 routing of the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl match.
He helped the Seahawks reach a consecutive Super Bowl in the 2014 season with stellar performances. The Seahawks ended up losing out the Vince Lombardi trophy to the New England Patriots. Wilson signed an $87.6 million deal with the Seahawks in 2015 which has been followed by a $140 million contract extension in 2018. Wilson missed the first game of his career on October 15th 2021 since he broke his finger. This ended his streak of 149 consecutive games by a quarterback (6th longest of all time).
Wilson has had a very successful NFL career and continues to perform even now. He was traded to the Denver Broncos after there were rumours he didn’t approve of the team firing coach Mike Solari and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. He signed a four-year deal with the Broncos and is set to be their starting quarterback from the 2022 season.
Russell Wilson’s Teams
Seattle Seahawks (2012-2021)
Russell Wilson was a third-round pick by the Seahawks but he overtook more experienced quarterbacks like Matt Flynn and Tarvaris Jackson to become a starting quarterback for the team in his first season. Wilson led the Seattle Seahawks to their first Super Bowl victory in only his second season with the team. As a Seahawks player Wilson has the most wins by an NFL quarterback through nine seasons (98). He has maintained a career passer rating of over 100. Wilson has recently won the Bart Starr award in 2022.
Denver Broncos (2022)
Wilson was traded to the Denver Broncos along with a fourth-round pick by the Seahawks. The Seattle outfit traded him for two second-round picks, one fifth-round pick, quarterback Drew Lock, defensive lineman Shelby Harris, and tight end Noah Fant. Wilson received a signing bonus of $70 million for a four-year contract with the Broncos.
Championships and Rings Won by Russell Wilson
He has won one Super Bowl ring in his career by winning the Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014. He has also won two Conference Championship rings in 2013 and 2014.
Russell Wilson’s Super Bowl Championship Rings
Russell Wilson’s Championship Rings
National Football Conference (NFC)
National Football Conference (NFC)
Russell Wilson’s Super Bowl Stats
Total Super Bowl Appearances: 2
Super Bowl Record: 1-1
Yards Gained (by passing)
New England Patriots
Russell Wilson’s Awards and Honours
Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year
PFWA Good Guy Award
2-12, 2018, 2019
Steve Largent Award
All-Pro Second Team
Bart Starr Award
NFL Passing Touchdown Leader
NFL Passer Rating Leader
NFL All-Decade Team
Russell Wilson NFL Records
Most passing yards in a playoff game by a rookie: 385
Most number of wins by a quarterback through 9 seasons: 98
Russell Wilson Net Worth
Russell WIlson is worth approximately $181.3 million which includes his NFL earnings, performance bonuses and restuctures. He has also added to his net worth by signing a contract worth $140 million in 2019 with the Seahawks. His base salary with the Broncos is estimated to be $19 million.
Russell Wilson Family
Russell Wilson has two siblings ( a brother and a sister). He was married to his high school sweetheart Ashton Meem in 2012 but they divorced in 2014. Wilson is currently married to the famous singer Ciara, since 2016. They have a daughter Sienna Princess and a son Win Harrison together. He is also a stepfather to Ciara’s children from previous relationships, Future Zahir Wilburn.