Historian tells Russell Wilson he’s descended from kings, of course

AP

We should have probably seen this coming when Russell Wilson decreed that his water product could prevent concussions, but now we know the truth.

The Seahawks quarterback is clearly qualified to reign over his particular province of the NFL because he’s descended from royalty.

According to Randy Hallman of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Wilson found out about his heritage during a visit to a forum in his Virginia hometown. He appeared with historian Henry Louis Gates Jr. from the PBS show “Finding Your Roots,” who told him of his link to at least one English king (frankly, we can’t remember from high school which one was between Peyton the First and the return of Thomas of San Mateo).

I knew it,” Wilson said with a fist pump, and we’re assuming with tongue in cheek — though sometimes when Wilson starts talking you can never be sure.

Gates also told Wilson some stories about his heritage which included a slave woman who once sued to have her family freed, which put the Seahawks quarterback into a contemplative mood.

“Some of our ancestors may have grown up as slaves,” Wilson said. “Some may have been slave owners. . . . We forget we’re all human. What it all goes back to is really loving people. . . .

“Sometimes, you have to forget what a person looks like, forget what a person believes in, forget what a person does have or does not have. … You have to look deep inside and love.”

He then laughed and added “because you’re probably connected.”

This fills us with curiosity as much as anything else, and Wilson’s English roots make us wonder if former teammate Marshawn Lynch is somehow connected as well, if only for the Peter O’Toole visual of the retired running back on a camel.

65 responses to “Historian tells Russell Wilson he’s descended from kings, of course

  1. Wilson is also a descendant of Charity Southgate (his paternal great-great-great-great-grandmother) who was a slave. She sued and won her freedom at 18, but had to wait 10 years to be set free. When her owner refused to free her 10 years later she continued her court fight, and finally was freed 23 years after her original lawsuit. She saved money and bought her husband’s freedom too.

    Wilson really has an incredible lineage

  2. Everyone’s descended from some hot shot in the past. For example, I’m descended from Ben Milam, a guy who was with Daniel Boone and was super famous at the time. He died in the Alamo.

  3. If we could only go back in time and pass along Russell’s pearls of wisdom to the plantation owners and Southern politicians before the start of the Civil War. Think of the bloodshed that would have been avoided.

  4. Big whoop. 80% of people living 1000 years ago are related to 100% of the people living today (look it up). For the most part, if you have European ancestry, you’re descended from Charlemagne.

    Oh, and Henry Louis Gates Jr. is a tool (anyone remember his racial tirade when he was arrested Cambridge?)

  5. Everything about Russell just seems a “little off.”

    He’s successful, positive, and by all accounts likeable. Yet the more you hear about him the more you question his authenticity.

    Compare him to Tebow. Who, hate him or tolerate him, seems 100% authentic.

  6. The only NFL player that descended from gods is Tom Brady. The deflategate take down of him is very similar to how Jesus was crucified becuase people were afraid of his powers. Brady is God. Not Russel Wilson as evidenced by Brady beating him in last Super Bowl.

  7. The same people who find Russell Wilson annoying or a goody two-shoes, are the same people who think players like Greg Hardy or Aldon Smith are good for the NFL. Smh.

  8. The haters talk this and that but they wish Russell was their quarterback. Especially niner fans.

    He’s on a show on PBS and some other guy tells him who his ancestors are(not like Russell even knows who yet) and then says “I knew it”(with a chuckle) and a few other things about not being racist, etc….and you all start talking crap about him?

    This, after you have comments from other woman beaters and whatnot recently to compare him to.

    I mean really, get a grip.

  9. My descendants will be kings.

    Which is incredible considering the peon that I am today.

    A very modest peon, I might add.

    And a very lovable and successful King.

  10. jmethane says: The haters talk this and that but they wish Russell was their quarterback. Especially niner fans.

    He’s on a show on PBS and some other guy tells him who his ancestors are(not like Russell even knows who yet) and then says “I knew it”(with a chuckle) and a few other things about not being racist, etc….and you all start talking crap about him?

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    Agree 100%

    It may escape most NFL fans’ ability to comprehend but that was a pretty thoughtful response on the notion of our ancestors, both victims and perpetrators

    How many people, let alone NFL players, would have chosen to use that bit of information to draw people together, rather than drive them apart with a rant on racism?

    People like to delude themselves. They forget that the victors breed, and all our ancestors have done some unspeakable things.

    There’s no time to waste heaping blame and guilt at each other. The only question is how to right the wrongs by moving forward together.

    Wilson no doubt has a huge ego, but those who mock his intelligence are only illustrating their own ignorance.

  11. We live in incredible times, midget QBs proudly claiming descent from Europe’s inbred “idiot kings”, presidential candidates with orangutan DNA, A-Rod spotting martians. What’s next?

  12. ramasez says:
    Apr 5, 2016 12:07 PM

    Yeah I can’t imagine being upset after being arrested trying to “break” into my own home.

    ~~~~~~~~~~

    That’s not what he was arrested for. Again, look it up.

  13. mightymightylafootball says:
    Apr 5, 2016 11:52 AM
    Big whoop. 80% of people living 1000 years ago are related to 100% of the people living today (look it up). For the most part, if you have European ancestry, you’re descended from Charlemagne.
    ————————
    Yes! It’s true, almost everyone of European stock alive today has some distant link to the Frankish King Charlemagne. And if you go back to the genetic bottleneck of 2 million years ago, all those of European stock are distantly related to everyone of non-European stock. But don’t just take my word for it, ask my butt-ugly cousin – you know who: the one you see in the bathroom mirror…

  14. ramasez says:
    Apr 5, 2016 12:07 PM

    Yeah I can’t imagine being upset after being arrested trying to “break” into my own home.
    ===============
    If only it happened the way you and President Obama wish it happened. The dudes neighbors, maybe they are the racists, called the cops because someone was breaking into the house. And then, gasp, the cops showed up, and asked him for identification. The nerve of those cops to ask for identification to make sure he wasn’t breaking into someones house, what horror he must have experienced…

  15. Henry VIII is probably his ancestor. He had a great way to get rid of wives. Instead of divorcing them he beheaded two of them. Easy-Peezy…

  16. That’s correct. Burger King and Nat King Cole. LOL

    Have you ever heard these geniuses tell a star your family were a bunch of bums, nobodys, people who got there faces shoved in the sand daily. Half you ancestors hung themselves and the other half burned at the stake.

    We were just in London and toured Hampton Court Palace. One story we heard said that Mary Steward, Queen of Scots had several children who all died young, producing no heirs.

    Funny my wifes best friend, last name Stewart has told us for years she was a decendent of hers. Now we know that is imporssible.

  17. patslaya says:

    He knew it because God whispered it in his ear seconds before Henry Louis Gates Jr. told him on the show.
    ====================================

    That was a bigoted comment. If you posted abut muslims like that your reply would get yanked.

  18. bradyakagod says:

    The only NFL player that descended from gods is Tom Brady. The deflategate take down of him is very similar to how Jesus was crucified becuase people were afraid of his powers. Brady is God. Not Russel Wilson as evidenced by Brady beating him in last Super Bowl.
    ==================================

    God wouldn’t dump his pregnant girlfriend for another woman or cheat. Roger Staubach is God.

  19. Uh-oh, this can’t be good. Most members of royalty are descended from inbred couples. Could explain a few things.

  20. How could a slave sue and win their freedom???? Is this story real?

  21. This article is worth it purely to see the vitriol in the comment thread.

    The guy stays out of trouble off the field, wins more games than most on the field, and some folks (clearly) just can’t deal with it.

    *We want him to fail, darnit! Why hasn’t he been found out?! He doesn’t deserve it! We said ‘book it’! Why weren’t we right?!*

  22. ariani1985 says:

    Was the king also a game manager?
    ———————————————————-
    Yeah, a “game manager” with 38 TD passes, 4,500 yards passing and led the league with 110 passer rating. That “game manager” Russell Wilson?

    Wilson is not just the best QB in the league, he the best PLAYER in the league. Couple that with the #1 defense in the NFL that’s bringing back 9/11 starters and 10/11 backups and who do you think is going to win the Super Bowl again this year?

    #SEAHAWKS

  23. I think he is of some royalty..look how many 2012s jumped on his wagon in 2012 and now call themselves the 12s…and when his kingdom falls all the 2012s will flock like sheep to the new hot team and leap on that wagon

  24. pencilmonkeymagic- spot on, I don’t understand how someone whose religious seems to give back a ton even before he was famous and slowly became and elite qb and did in spite of having the odds stacked against him. I don’t get why at all why someone would hate on him for being on a TV show and finding out good and bad news. I mean people literally hate themselves it’s sickening.

  25. So sick of hearing about what a class act Wilson is. I punked that dude when he was in college at Wisconsin. In 2011, I went to Madison, WI with some friends to watch our South Dakota Coyotes play his Badgers. After the game, we were at a bar when this clown showed up and started acting like he owned the place. We ignored him until he came over to our table, talking about how he was going to “whoop on everyone” for not giving him “respect.” Him being 5’11,” 200 lbs. and me 6’6,” 250 lbs. I confronted him and put him in his place very quickly. I’m just glad the guy who took a video of the incident deleted it instead of putting it out in cyberspace.

  26. Oh, and Henry Louis Gates Jr. is a tool (anyone remember his racial tirade when he was arrested Cambridge?)

    Remember that Gates was actually arrested for breaking into HIS OWN HOME. Some neighbor called the cops on him. I’m not sure that makes him a “tool”; I’d be livid as well if the same happened to me. Is he a “tool” for helping black people look up their ancestry? What exactly makes him a tool? There are plenty of tools out there, so let’s not dilute the meaning of this insult.

  27. Usdcoyotesfan-

    Saw you post that ridiculous copy and paste before…who would ever believe that nonsense!! haha

    Its ok guys you can hate Russell Wilson for being a good guy doing all the right things and being very successful. Just makes you sound jealous whether you think so or not..

    BTW he is engaged to a hot famous celebrity and you are not, more reason for you to hate him!

  28. Uh-oh, this can’t be good. Most members of royalty are descended from inbred couples. Could explain a few things

    ———

    His big hands?

  29. Why do professional genealogists never find that your most illustrious relatives mucked out stables for a living? Or was a faceless factory drone?

  30. Just came to see the clown show of petty, insignificant trolls with nothing to add to life but bitter, hateful comments. Thanks for not disappointing.

  31. usdcoyotesfan says:
    Apr 5, 2016 2:44 PM

    So sick of hearing about what a class act Wilson is…

    ***************************
    Wisconsin Badgers, with Russell Wilson at QB, beat the USD Coyotes by a score of 59-10 in 2011 and you still haven’t lived it down, have you? Almost 600 yards of offense versus less than 200 for your team. Still hurts after all these years, doesn’t it?

  32. To Samphilvista82! It wasn’t just southern plantations that owned slaves back in the day! There were many many slave owners in the North! Plus many northern politicians who were involved in slavery and were owners of plantations & factories who had slaves! So tired of hearing about slavery was just practiced in the South! That’s how most uneducated people seem to think how it was and that’s just not true!

  33. Lupus the coyote-boy is really melting down. First, RW b-slaps his college team, then goes to Seattle and b-slaps his pro team. You can almost see him curled up in a ball, sucking his thumb.

  34. I give seahawks fans crap on here out of fun but now i gotta defend wilson..someone on here called him a game manager..wilson is far from that..he is a big time play maker

  35. well, one things for sure. RW has a net worth greater than all his pft critics. Read ’em and weep gentlemen…read ’em and weep!

  36. I think Wilson is kinda goofy, but you can’t fake going to a children’s hospital every week. In that respect, he’s a great guy, and nothing he or anyone else says about him will change that. Ultimately though, I don’t care what he says or does off the field — it’s what he does on the field that makes him royalty.

  37. joebho says:
    April 5, 2016 at 3:37 pm
    Usdcoyotesfan-

    Saw you post that ridiculous copy and paste before…who would ever believe that nonsense!! haha
    ——————————————————-
    I do. Because it really happened several years ago. I told that dude to whoop these nuts if he was so tough, and he wanted none of this. Tried talking his way out of it.

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