Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson received some major exposure today, both in TV and in print.
You check out Levi’s television ad above, which shows Wilson walking around Seattle with wife Ashley and talking about the effect his father, Harrison Wilson III, had on his life
And I also highly recommend reading this well-written feature by ESPN’s Elizabeth Merrill, which does a nice job of capturing Wilson’s relentless drive to beat the odds and be a successful NFL quarterback at 5-11.
Merrill: It was clear, early on, that Harrison’s son was special. He had huge hands, a bigger heart and the focus of a med student the night before finals. Everywhere Russell Wilson went, he won people over. One night in a big game against Fork Union Military Academy, Wilson ran for a first down, headed out of bounds, and a linebacker called him a wuss. A couple of Fork Union fans repeated the word, which was actually a bit more inflammatory than wuss, and taunted Wilson.
Hank Carter, who worked the chain gang for the game, told the kids that isn’t who Wilson is. The next drive, Wilson knocked over the linebacker and ran for a first down.”