Spending the day on the water is one of Russell Wilson’s all-time pastimes.
Long before the Seattle Seahawks quarterback was surpassing milestones as one of the NFL's elite quarterbacks, Wilson used to spend his days on the water with his Grandpa Alton in Chesapeake, Virginia. The two enjoyed fishing in the wee hours of the morning, watching as the sun raised above the horizon.
“I’ve always loved being on the water,” Wilson said on his vlog. “[There’s a] special feeling of stillness of the mornings… I like to go on the water and just be near it, and I think that God created water for healing, for just growth. I think being able to relax out there on the water is probably one of the greatest gifts.”
As Wilson prepares for his ninth NFL season, he looks to the intriguing and majestic waters of Lake Washington to find his inner peace.
“I’m really excited about this season coming up here in a second,” Wilson said. “So, as much as I can, I’m gonna take the boat out, enjoy it, enjoy the sunshine when it’s nice out, and you know, get ready to ball.”
The 31-year-old is coming off a busy 2019 season in which the Seahawks went 11-5 and punched a Wild Card berth in the competitive NFC West. Wilson completed 341 of 516 passes (66.1 percent) for 4,110 yards and 31 touchdowns with just five interceptions in his eighth season. He also took 75 carries for 342 yards and three touchdowns.
At home, Wilson and his wife Ciara just became new parents to their second child together, Win.
Amid all the hustle and bustle of his everyday life, Wilson feels free on the lake. It’s there he’s able to mold expectations for himself for the upcoming season, and remember what he’s set out to do with the Seahawks in 2020.
“It’s time to pour a little gasoline on the fire if you know what I mean,” Wilson said. “Time to make it happen.”
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