Russell Wilson Gifts $12K in Amazon Stock to His Seahawks O-Line Teammates
The QB spent a total of $156,000 on his 13 teammates
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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is spreading the wealth from his new four-year, $140 million contract extension with a $65 million signing bonus and thanking his offensive linemen for protecting him in the process.
The QB took some of that cash and turned it into a gift of $12,000 in Amazon stock for each member of his O-line, complete with a note explaining their protection “does not go unnoticed and it is never forgotten,” according to Bleacher Report. The gifts came to $156,000 for his 13 teammates.
Wilson explained his unique gifts by saying he wanted to help ensure his teammates financial stability beyond their pro football careers.
“When I sat down to think of ways to honor your dedication a dozen different ideas came to mind,” Wilson’s letter reads. “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. You have invested in my life … this is my investment into yours.”
The gesture is particularly heartfelt given the offensive line struggles the Seahawks have dealt with in recent years, as Bleacher Report noted. Football Outsiders ranked Seattle’s offensive line as the 30th-best pass-protection unit in the league during the 2018 season.
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