Russell Wilson Wife Ashton [PHOTOS]: Seahawks Captain Married High School Sweetheart, Wilson Following Drew Brees On And Off Field? [VIDEO]
Russell Wilson has been compared to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees many times. Both are undersized passers exceeding expectations with strong arms while oozing leadership. Both were passed over in their draft classes, with Wilson falling all the way to the third round.
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Now, Wilson will try to match Brees' Super Bowl victory total on Sunday when his Seahawks, who toppled Brees and the Saints along the way, try to win one more game and earn the Lombardi Trophy.
Brees is also one of the NFL's key representatives, serving as the league's de facto family man. Wilson is gaining on him there too, as he and his wife Ashton have become crucial members of the Seattle community according to Playerwives.com.
The site says the Wilsons met in high school, and carried on a long distance relationship until heading to Ashton (then Meems) headed to North Carolina State to be near him. Once she graduated Wilson transferred to Wisconsin to earn more playing time and raise his draft stock. He dominated the Big Ten, and managed to get drafted despite his short stature.
She had a career in the insurance industry going, but ditched it to become an event planner in Seattle, and together they're well known for visiting children in Seattle hospitals.
The public picture of Wilson is very rosy, but he's certainly a fierce competitor. At five feet, 11 inches he still threw 3,357 yards and 26 touchdowns despite missing his best wide receiver Percy Harvin for the entire season, and losing his No. 2, Sidney Rice, after eight games.
Wilson is also a gifted rusher, toting the rock 96 times for 539 yards and a touchdown. More importantly, he is the counterbalance to Seattle's brash "Legion of Boom," the top secondary in the NFL spearheaded by talkative cornerback Richard Sherman.