Russell Wilson wants to play over 20 years and own the NFL team
Russell Wilson wants to play another contract and hopes to buy the NFL team after he retires.
The seven-time Pro Bowl quarterback is focused on helping the Seattle Seahawks (3-6) turn his season around, but he also has big plans for the future.
“I definitely want to play for the long haul, but I think once I’m done with that, I’d like to own an NFL football team and be able to make an impact in a city and a state and bring people into the football game,” Wilson told The Associated Press of the next episode of AP Pro Football Podcast.” “I am very interested in the business side of things and just sports in general. I love to win. I love the winning process. So I hope I can transfer that culture to a team and an organization.”
Wilson is already a minority owner in the major Seattle soccer franchise, The Sounders.
Wilson, who turns 33 on November 29, has many interests away from football, including storytelling. With his wife Ciara, he co-founded “Why Not You Productions” and is an executive producer of a new movie, National Champions, which explores the salaries of college athletes.
In the film, the star moderators ask both teams to boycott a championship match to protest fair compensation, equality, and respect for student-athletes.
“I’m really excited about ‘National Champions’ and how it’s exploring the idea of the college sports business and that it’s generating billions of dollars for these universities and these brands and these TV networks, and it’s all based on the basic idea of these kids don’t get paid for it,” Wilson said.
Wilson also makes a cameo in the film to support the main character’s position.
“I’m also actively supportive of her in real life,” Wilson said. “I think college athletes should be compensated.”
The trailer for “National Champions” will begin Tuesday and the movie will be released on December 10. Director Rick Roman Wu said Wilson played an important role in ensuring that the story was presented from the perspective of a student-athlete.
“Not only has Ross been candid about his journey, but he shared many of the experiences of his peers who were not so fortunate in making the NFL, especially at his level,” Wu said. “His presence as our executive producer, and on screen, has given so many others the confidence to speak up and help us shape the debate on both sides of this debate.”
Wilson returned to the field on Sunday after a severe finger injury forced him to miss matches for the first time in his 10 league seasons. He completed 20 of 40 passes for 161 yards and interceptions in Seattle’s 17-0 loss at Green Bay. This was the first time the Seahawks were closed for the start of the Wilson 150 regular season.
Wilson sat in three games after surgery on the middle finger of his hand he received, rehab for 19-20 hours on some days to come back several weeks earlier than originally scheduled. Forcing him to watch from the sideline cemented his love for the game.
“I knew I was very crazy about the game, but I am ridiculously obsessed with it,” he said. “That’s why I want to play more than 20. I think the other part you learn about yourself is to be patient. At the same time, you have to lead. I think that’s a very important part. The third thing is (having) relentless confidence. You don’t You want to mistake it for vanity. It’s total confidence in what you’re doing and how you’re doing it and I’ve done it before, and we’ll do it again and with great faith, all things are possible, and that’s really what has been so clear to me on my journey.”
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