Russell Wilson's 'NFL journey' chronicled

Russell Wilson's stay as an NFL quarterback is far from over. But the wheels that got him there have been in motion for generations. Michael Phillips of the Richmond Times-Dispatch wrote a dazzling piece on the history of Russell Wilson's family, and how their journey and belief in education made Wilson's success an inevitability.

The Wilson family tells the story of America, from Russell's great-great-grandfather's release from slavery to the quarterback's father, who played football at Dartmouth. Phillips hits hard how valuable education has been to the Wilson clan, even providing an anecdote about Russell's father telling the high school football coach that his son was there to learn and that football should come second. The elder Wilson earned a law degree from the University of Virigina, and wasn't going to let his son get caught up in the pressure-packed world of athletics

The former Wisconson Badger and former two-sport prospect has found success in the NFL, leading the Seahawks to a 4-2 record in his first season. The Seahawks drafted Wilson in the third round with the 75th overall pick, a pick that looks more like a steal with every game he plays.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SB Nation Seattle

You must be a member of SB Nation Seattle to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Seattle. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Seattle

You must be a member of SB Nation Seattle to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Seattle. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.