Days after signing a four-year, $140 million contract extension to become the NFL’s highest paid player, Christian Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson generously thanked each of the 13 linemen who protect him on the field with $12,000 in Amazon stock.
“Every Sunday we go to battle together,” Wilson said in a thank you letter cited by TMZ.com. “. . .You sacrifice your physical and mental well-being to protect me, which in turn allows me to provide and care for my family. This does not go unnoticed and it is never forgotten.”
The quarterback whose tagline on Twitter is “I want to Love like Jesus!” then explained why he chose to say thanks with Amazon stock.
“I would not be where I am today without you working to be great day in and day out. When I sat down to think of ways to honor your dedication a dozen different ideas came to mind. Some were flashy, some were cool, but I wanted to give you something that had a lasting impact. Something that would affect the lives of you, your family, and your children,” he said.
“We all have dreams of what we can build and accomplish off the field. One important lesson I have learned thus far in my career: The memories on the field will last forever, but we have to constantly prepare for life after football.
“One of the ways I prepare is by investing in companies and ideas that I believe will grow and change the world. One of these companies is Amazon. I am gifting you and your family, 12,000 worth of Amazon stock to help you achieve your dreams. You have invested in my life……this is my investment into yours,” the letter ended.
Wilson’s $35 million per year contract extension guarantees him $107 million and includes a no-trade clause.
“For me, for my family and for (agent) Mark (Rodgers), we love Seattle, and it’s the place I want to be,” Wilson said via the team website. “I’ve always wanted to be. When I first got drafted in 2012, I wanted to be here forever. This helps solidify that. I’ve got many more years to go and a lot more winning to do — we’ve got more Super Bowls to win. I’m excited about that.”
His announcement of the extension via Twitter on April 16 in a video clip from his bed with wife, singer Ciara, quickly went viral.
His teammates have since parodied the video giving everyone a good laugh.