Russell Wilson talks football, foundation, wedding anniversary on 'Today'


Russell Wilson is a busy man. Whether it’s on the football field, throwing and rushing touchdowns, or off it and being a philanthropic family man. He’s an athlete people like to gloat about because of the person he is.

In an appearance on the “Today” show, Wilson touched on a myriad of topics.

One of them included the Seahawks allowing fans to return into Lumen Field at full capacity. The move is a trend across the league, as the Seahawks were one of a few teams to not have any fans during the 2020 season.

Being without their 12th man wasn’t too difficult for the team, going 7-1 at home, but it's the presence of their rowdiness and affinity for the team and the game that’s deprived Wilson the most.

“Just to be able to have fans and see them with their face painted and all the energy,” Wilson said. “That’s one of the best parts about playing football. Just the fun. When the ball is in the air and everybody screams, and you know it's going to be a touchdown.”

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Just before training camp and the season commences, Wilson will be hosting the ‘Wilson Celebrity Invitational', which is run through his ‘Why Not You Foundation.’ 

The goal is to raise money for pediatric cancer. In 2019 the event raised $2.6 million for the Seattle Children’s Hospital.


Another topic discussed was his partnership with Spin Master, to launch 'Aerobie', a football kids can throw the length of the football field. Part of the reason Wilson partnered with the company is to encourage children to go outside again and be active.

"The Sonic Fin Football gives kids the ability to throw like a pro - farther than they have thrown before or ever thought possible," said Russell Wilson. "So many kids aspire to be professional athletes and the Sonic Fin is engineered to deliver the skill, talent and power for them to feel like one."