Russell Wilson wants to play a decade more and hopes to buy an NFL team after he retires.
The seven-time Pro Bowl quarterback is focused on helping the Seattle Seahawks (3-6) turn their season around, but he also has big plans for the future.
“I will definitely play for a long time, but I think when I finish, I would love to own an NFL football team and be able to influence a city, a country and just bring people to the football game,” he said. Wilson to the Associated Press for an upcoming episode of the AP Pro Football Podcast. “I’m very into the business side of things and just sports in general. I love winning. I love the process of winning. So hopefully I can bring that culture to a team and organization. “
Wilson is already a minority owner of Seattle’s Major League Soccer franchise, the Sounders.
Wilson, who turns 33 on Nov. 29, has many interests away from football, including storytelling. Together with his wife, Ciara, he founded “Why Not You Productions” and is an executive producer for a new film called “National Champions”, which explores college athletes getting paid.
In the film, the star’s quarterback asks both teams to boycott the championship game to protest for fair compensation, equality and respect for student athletes.
“I’m super excited about ‘National Champions’ and how it explores the idea of college sports business and that it generates billions of dollars for these universities and brands and these TV networks, and it’s all based on the underlying idea of these kids are not being paid for it, ”Wilson said.
Wilson also makes a cameo in the film to support the protagonist’s attitude.
“I also actively support it in real life,” Wilson said. “I think college athletes need to be compensated.”
The trailer for “National Champions” launches on Tuesday and the film will be released on December 10th. Instructor Ric Roman Waugh said Wilson played an important role in ensuring that the story is presented from a student’s athlete perspective.
“Russ was not only honest about his own journey, but shared many of his peers’ experiences who were not fortunate enough to get to the NFL, especially at his level,” Waugh said. “His presence as our executive producer and on screen gave so many others the confidence to speak out and help us shape the argument on both sides of this debate.”
Wilson returned to the field on Sunday after a serious finger injury forced him to miss matches for the first time in his 10 seasons in the league. He completed 20 of 40 passes on 161 yards and two interceptions in Seattle’s 17-0 loss to Green Bay. It was the first time the Seahawks were shut out in Wilson’s 150 regular season starts.
Wilson sat out three fights after surgery on the middle finger of his throwing hand, retraining 19-20 hours some days to return several weeks ahead of the original schedule. Being forced to watch from the sidelines reinforced his love of the game.
“I knew I was crazy about the game, but I’m ridiculously obsessed with it,” he said. “That’s why I want to play for more than 20 years. I think the second part you learn about yourself is to have patience. At the same time, you have to have drive. I think that’s such a critical part. The third thing is (have) tireless trust.You will not confuse it with arrogance.It is strict confidence in what you do and how you do it and you have done it before and we will do it again and with great believe, anything is possible and that is really what has been very clear to me on my journey. ”
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