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Russell Wilson makes good on vow to give back


In high school, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson had an idea.  Now that he has the means to implement it, he is.

Wilson decided during his junior year to start a football camp that helps inner-city youth.  With one year of NFL experience under his belt, the Russell Wilson Passing Academy will arrive in five cities:  Richmond, Virginia; Raleigh, North Carolina; Madison, Wisconsin; Spokane, Washington; and Seattle.

“Over this two-and-a-half-week period, basically, I’ll meet 1,400 kids,” Wilson said during the Madison stop, via Tom Mulhern of the Wisconsin State Journal.  “If I can change one of those kids’ lives, inspire one of those kids, that makes the difference and goes a long way.”

Indeed it does.  And we’ve got a feeling he’ll be changing more than one of those 1,400 lives, and that he’ll spend the next 15 years and beyond changing more and more of them.

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93 Responses to “Russell Wilson makes good on vow to give back”
  1. deelron says: Jun 29, 2013 11:25 PM

    Whether you like or hate the Seahawks it’s hard not to wish Wilson success.

  2. 12thmanseattle says: Jun 29, 2013 11:32 PM

    Russell wilson you are exactly what we needed. Sincerely from the city of Seattle thank you. This is the type of guy athletes should strive to be

  3. fdugrad says: Jun 29, 2013 11:39 PM

    A good man.

  4. ghostfacenoah says: Jun 29, 2013 11:39 PM

    Russell Wilson is pretty much the perfect human being.

  5. pathsovglory says: Jun 29, 2013 11:40 PM

    The true face of the Seahawks franchise.

    Don’t forget it

  6. RUAHORNH8R says: Jun 29, 2013 11:44 PM

    Truly a class act! Shame on the Vikings for letting him get past them!

  7. vegaskid21 says: Jun 29, 2013 11:46 PM

    Classy guy, I like this kid! Think he had a bright future ahead of him.

  8. anygivensundayfan says: Jun 29, 2013 11:47 PM

    I admire a man that walks his talk. Russell Wilson is a class act.

  9. Canyonero says: Jun 29, 2013 11:49 PM

    It’s hard not to pull for this guy.

    As a Cardinals fan I grind my teeth at the thought of playing him the next 10 years. But I’d rather the teams in our division be good and have an identity. Bring it. Let the best team win.

  10. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 29, 2013 11:49 PM

    But I don’t live near any of those cities!

  11. prosourcetalk says: Jun 29, 2013 11:57 PM

    He’s the man

  12. donnymacjack says: Jun 29, 2013 11:59 PM

    You just gotta love this kid. Nice refreshing change from the news of late.

  13. cmoney20 says: Jun 30, 2013 12:00 AM

    Russell Wilson aka R-Wil is going to be even better his second year. Now with Percy, he will be unstoppable. His charity work is as impressive as on field skills. When he signs a big contract I expect it to be divided evenly amongst the people if Seattle.

  14. pilot2011 says: Jun 30, 2013 12:00 AM

    giving back to every city he’s lived in. Russell is the man. NC welcomes you anytime dude.

  15. apollo1989 says: Jun 30, 2013 12:01 AM

    Class act, hope he has a great career.

  16. anpsteel says: Jun 30, 2013 12:01 AM

    Good man, Russell Wilson

  17. seaeagle707 says: Jun 30, 2013 12:02 AM

    He makes Seahawks fans proud to have him on the team. He and his wife have been visiting kids in area hospitals ever since he arrived. I know him to be a great football player. I know him to be an even better human being.

    GO RUSSS!!!

  18. nflgiant says: Jun 30, 2013 12:06 AM

    Thanks for some good news on a great kid that is only going to get better,I see him in a Superbowl,very,very soon.

  19. commonsensedude says: Jun 30, 2013 12:07 AM

    What a great guy. As much as I dislike his team, I have yet to read one word about Russell Wilson that hasn’t made me like him more than I did before. Awesome player and an even better guy.

  20. Fantasy Football Delivery Man says: Jun 30, 2013 12:12 AM

    Sounds like a good dude. Heck of a young QB too.

  21. cchicinfan says: Jun 30, 2013 12:18 AM

    I love this guy!

  22. skinsfaninnebraska says: Jun 30, 2013 12:18 AM

    That’s a class act there! Good job, Russell. I wish more NFL stars would take the time to do this kind of stuff.

  23. bunglesandbears says: Jun 30, 2013 12:24 AM

    Class act.

  24. biggestredmiami says: Jun 30, 2013 12:25 AM

    It is so nice to see positive news for a change.

  25. stumpzzz says: Jun 30, 2013 12:27 AM

    Future HOF’er. Love this kid. #GoHawks

  26. luccabrazzi says: Jun 30, 2013 12:33 AM

    Congratulations Russell, Very admirable, wish you great success with it!

  27. payton2kemp says: Jun 30, 2013 12:36 AM

    Way to be a good example to your teammates and other NFL players! Show them what a role model should do with his fame. Keep it up Wilson!

  28. pacificnw7722 says: Jun 30, 2013 12:38 AM

    “If I can change one of those kids’ lives, inspire one of those kids, that makes the difference and goes a long way.”

    Props to QB Wilson, classiest player on the team.

    GO HAWKS!!

  29. fintastic13 says: Jun 30, 2013 12:42 AM

    That’s refreshing …

  30. dannyreneau says: Jun 30, 2013 12:46 AM

    This kid is class. Couldn’t be happy to have him playing for my Hawks.

  31. blkdogcreative says: Jun 30, 2013 12:47 AM

    The NFL needs a lot more players like Wilson.

  32. breakingb says: Jun 30, 2013 12:57 AM

    Keep kissing that bicep Kaepernick..

    RW3 is an incredible person who gives back.

  33. tmkelley1 says: Jun 30, 2013 12:57 AM

    You rock, Russell. God Bless You, and Go! Badgers!

  34. shotgunnoblitz says: Jun 30, 2013 1:01 AM

    Its always cool hearing about players doing things like this. More players should do this.

  35. hawknation12 says: Jun 30, 2013 1:06 AM

    Happy to have this guy as my starting QB

  36. greyhawk9 says: Jun 30, 2013 1:07 AM

    classy kid.

  37. sundaysundaysunday says: Jun 30, 2013 1:09 AM

    Great player and an even better role model. With his skill set and mentality, he will have a long career!

  38. shadowcell says: Jun 30, 2013 1:12 AM

    this is a nice story to read, after a week of wall-to-wall Aaron Hernandez

  39. jay4hisdamnself says: Jun 30, 2013 1:15 AM

    Good looking #3. Keep up the good work!

  40. gooselife says: Jun 30, 2013 1:17 AM

    class act. nuff said.

  41. ajm323 says: Jun 30, 2013 1:19 AM

    an impressive dude on and off the field, gotta love it

  42. brewcrewfan54 says: Jun 30, 2013 1:22 AM

    This guy is just awesome.

  43. mrwalterisgod says: Jun 30, 2013 1:27 AM

    We Seahawks fans are so blessed to have such a hardworking and intelligent young man as our QB. He will lead us to Super Bowl championships even if he isn’t the media darling that RG3 or Andrew Luck are. I don’t care if others would rather have Colin Kaepernick or Cam Newton based on their “physical intangibles”, Russell Wilson has IT. He will not be denied.

    Smart, Humbled, Hardworking and above all, VISCIOUS on the field. We’ll see how many people want SCam Newton or the bicep kisser when this season is over.

  44. frk49rs says: Jun 30, 2013 1:29 AM

    As a niner fan let me say congrats… classy, I hope it works out well for all.

  45. paastahtroy says: Jun 30, 2013 1:33 AM

    As a Seahawk fan for 37 years Russell Wilson’s jersey is the first I’ve ever purchased… Gotta love this guy!

  46. godofwine330 says: Jun 30, 2013 1:34 AM

    Damn fine young man. The Browns could have had a great QB and yet we drafted Weeden because he fit the mold of a 6’3″215+ QB. When will NFL teams stop paying so much attention to measurables and more attention to actual performance? I wish this guy nothing but the most success in the NFL and whatever he tries to do.

  47. seatownballers says: Jun 30, 2013 1:58 AM

    Stand up guy.regardless if ya Love the hawks or hate them. This guy is a quality role model

  48. pondbridge says: Jun 30, 2013 2:01 AM

    Great time for such a story of unselfishness. NC State, Wisconsin, Seahawks….. Russell Wilson’s story is incredible and just gets better every day. As the song lyrics go “I need a hero….”

  49. demolition510 says: Jun 30, 2013 2:03 AM

    I like this Wilson kid.

  50. skinsfan91 says: Jun 30, 2013 2:04 AM

    That is indeed, pretty awesome.

  51. 13datsyuk13 says: Jun 30, 2013 2:06 AM

    This kid says and does everything right. This is what a superstar is made of and it’s very refreshing to see in any sport. Payton and Tom have someone they can turn the league over to.

  52. therealskippyhandelman says: Jun 30, 2013 2:14 AM

    No surprise there, RW is one of the classiest (not to mention hard working) guys in the league. Now THAT is a role model. ..GO HAWKS !

  53. seahawksbmx says: Jun 30, 2013 2:31 AM

    Love this guy.

  54. hawkfanwtf says: Jun 30, 2013 2:53 AM

    Go Hawks!

  55. thefox61 says: Jun 30, 2013 3:01 AM

    I can’t think of another QB that I would want to represent the Seahawks.

  56. blackfootkiller says: Jun 30, 2013 3:08 AM

    Every day I’m Russell’in…

    Go Hawks!

  57. olyhawk says: Jun 30, 2013 3:13 AM


  58. badintent says: Jun 30, 2013 3:20 AM

    Finally. Class rises to the top. It is nice that it comes from a rookie and a great person at that.A great program and one that the NFL and the NFLPA should have thought of light years ago.Maybe they will have the brains to expand the program into more cities. Wilson should get the NFL man of the Year award for this program and his leadership of it.

  59. thisonesforpat says: Jun 30, 2013 4:20 AM

    A solid citizen.

  60. dbwhrsd says: Jun 30, 2013 4:36 AM

    Great person giving back.

  61. red2616 says: Jun 30, 2013 4:41 AM

    Since people think the Seahawks already won the Super Bowl, I think giving back is great!

  62. baddegg says: Jun 30, 2013 5:10 AM


  63. hawkasuaras says: Jun 30, 2013 5:32 AM

    Go Hawks!

  64. anyslacking says: Jun 30, 2013 6:31 AM

    Good to stories like this in light of recent events.

  65. goindy2006 says: Jun 30, 2013 6:41 AM

    Great now I have to start liking this guy. At least this story is opposite of any AH type story!

  66. ironmd778 says: Jun 30, 2013 6:55 AM

    I don’t like the Seahawks but it’s impossible not to like this guy.

  67. gooch80 says: Jun 30, 2013 6:56 AM

    It’s about time we get new generation player that genuinely cares about giving back. Good job, Russell, way to be the example.

  68. floratiotime says: Jun 30, 2013 7:24 AM

    And of those 1400 kids how many will play professionally? Probably zero. Better to influence them to study and get an education than to throw a football.

  69. sakatak says: Jun 30, 2013 7:26 AM

    Polar opposite of AH.

  70. gudy2shoes says: Jun 30, 2013 7:43 AM

    A True American Hero. Go Hawks!

  71. dixiebob says: Jun 30, 2013 7:45 AM

    How refreshing and encouraging to read of Wilson’s unselfish plans. Amid all the horrendous NFL news of late, players like Wilson need to be highlighted by the media.

    This would go a long way in reestablishing respect among the fans and general population for the sport we love. Also, now maybe NFL teams will be more selective in drafting.

  72. themagicman1223 says: Jun 30, 2013 7:46 AM

    Russell Wilson is all class, when it’s all said and done he will be one of the greats.

  73. jaylaw344 says: Jun 30, 2013 7:46 AM

    Good for him! This is what being an NFL player should be all about; giving back and being a POSITIVE role model.

  74. sourdoughsam says: Jun 30, 2013 8:22 AM

    As good as Russell Wilson is on the field, he’s every bit the quality individual off of it. As much as I can’t stand the Seahawks, I give them credit for drafting him and then making the decision to start him, leaving a huge chunk of their salary cap on the bench. They’ve set themselves up to win lots of games in the coming years with #3 at the helm.

  75. therealbillybuffalo says: Jun 30, 2013 8:27 AM

    I don’t know man, 15 years is a long time. How many players have flashed greatness only to be out of the league 3 years later?

  76. 4ever19 says: Jun 30, 2013 8:33 AM

    Yeah baby. Just give. Good luck to young Mr. Wilson.

  77. dumbhobby says: Jun 30, 2013 8:37 AM

    He’s a good man. We need more of them.

  78. leeroyski says: Jun 30, 2013 8:52 AM

    You go Russell. Can’t wait for the season to start. Go Hawks…

  79. skinswillsurprise says: Jun 30, 2013 9:17 AM

    Good job RW. As a Skins fan, I hate the Seahawks and their fans, but a good guy is a good guy. League is in good hands with RG3, RW, and Luck. HTTR!!

  80. vibesid says: Jun 30, 2013 9:18 AM

    Very impressive statement of trying to help society and touch a lot of people’s lives.
    More pro athletes need to do this.
    What if all of them did this?

  81. abusementland says: Jun 30, 2013 9:26 AM

    One of the cooler aspects of this, he is giving back to the communities that helped him in his journey. From growing up in Richmond, college in NC and Wisconsin, to the pros in Washington. I am sure this is that start of something that will be bigger, but it is nice to see his focus on the areas that helped him become the man that he is today.

    Great Job Russell! There is a reason why teams get behind him.

  82. officialgame says: Jun 30, 2013 9:30 AM

    Just a great man, with a good heart and no agenda.

  83. fumblenuts says: Jun 30, 2013 11:17 AM

    The city of Seattle loves you Russell Wilson!

  84. acorp11 says: Jun 30, 2013 12:31 PM

    That’s my quarterback!

  85. buckybadger says: Jun 30, 2013 12:56 PM

    Good guy all around. Doesn’t seek the cameras and does these sort of things because he wants to. Keep up the great work. Showed that Wisconsin can help a QB’s career as well as a RBs.

  86. themackstrong says: Jun 30, 2013 1:38 PM

    Wilson as our QB and Seattle fans wouldn’t trade him anyone. That’s not a slight at any of the other amazing talent out there in RG3, Newton, Luck, Kaep or even Tannehill, we just believe in this guy 100 % for what he stands for and the way he loves and plays the game. The NFL has its new faces to keep the game exciting and competitive the next 10-15 years.

  87. slugbaitspace says: Jun 30, 2013 1:53 PM

    He’s going to be an awesome dad some day…

  88. gator2006 says: Jun 30, 2013 2:18 PM

    We love him here in NC and he is returning the love.

  89. scmems07 says: Jun 30, 2013 3:13 PM

    he is a good kid, too bad he plays with a bunch of loud mouth morons

  90. ripster65 says: Jun 30, 2013 4:56 PM

    wow…if you were my lawyer I’d seriously question you spend more time on your blogs than my case. Then again, that’s probably why you have the time you do for these blogs.

  91. ripster65 says: Jun 30, 2013 5:00 PM

    on that note…I’ll keep ya busy the rest of the afternoon so you won’t focus one bit on the rest of you’re life. Not that I have anything better to do myself, but I’m not a high profile lawyer/tv guy/blogger who expects anything from me.

  92. drjoemck says: Jul 1, 2013 4:07 AM

    Curious as to why Spokane instead of Pasco / Tri-Cities where he played baseball for a season before going to Madison.

  93. 206206blue says: Jul 1, 2013 11:36 PM

    Russ is the absolute best. You are trully a one of a kind athlete and person. Honored to call you a Seahawk.

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