The September 10, 2015 issue of Rolling Stone magazine features an NFL Special. There are two different covers for this issue: Russell Wilson and Dez Bryant. The Russell Wilson cover and interview caught my eye. Can’t stand the Cowboys (hey I’m a diehard Redskins fan) so I’m not interested in Dez Bryant, lol.
In the interview Russell talks about his father who passed away in 2010.
He also talks about football, his relationship with singer Ciara and growing up in Virginia.
Throned and dethroned Super Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson is working the artificial turf at the University of Southern California. Nearly 300 kids are screaming his name at a session of the Russell Wilson Passing Academy when he says something that cuts to the core of his being. Wilson is wearing a T-shirt and shorts with a Gatorade towel draped from his waist when he grabs a cup of purple liquid and downs it in a single gulp. He locks me in his gaze and smiles.
“Isn’t Gatorade the best? Just the best.”
Did I mention that Gatorade is one of the event’s sponsors? The thing is, Russell Wilson really, really believes Gatorade is tasty. He believes in things with a zealot’s certainty — God, corporations, his talent, Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror,” etc. The interception he threw a yard short of his second Super Bowl championship? Before he got to the sideline, God told him that it was part of His plan. The public announcement that he was practicing abstinence with slinky pop singer Ciara? Russell Wilson was put here to guide her to a better place.
After three years in the NFL, Wilson has 36 regular-season wins, the most by a three-year quarterback in history. And despite the unpleasantness in last February’s Super Bowl, he already owns a championship ring. He was a standout at a prestigious Richmond, Virginia, prep school, All-ACC at North Carolina State and, after a disagreement with his coach about missing spring practice to play baseball, transferred to Wisconsin and promptly led the Badgers to the Rose Bowl. He knows all things come through Scripture, discipline and time management. Unlike many camps run by pros, Wilson isn’t a figurehead putting down the bong and popping in for a few minutes. He lines the kids up with Prussian efficiency for a grip-and-grin photo and an autograph. (Wilson signed at least 1,500 autographs during the week I followed him.)
I became a fan of Russell Wilson during the NFL playoffs last year when they went on to win Super Bowl XLVIII. I was ecstatic when they defeated the Denver Broncos. I was pissed when they lost to New England in Super Bowl XLIX this year. Russell should have given the ball to Marshawn Lynch 😦
Check out the entire interview at RollingStone.com.