Russell Wilson wants to play 20+ years and own an NFL team


Russell Wilson wants to play another decade and hopes to buy an NFL team after he retires.

The seven-time Pro Bowl quarterback is aiming to help the Seattle Seahawks (3-6) turn their season around, but he also has big plans for the future.

“I really want to play for a long time, but I think once I’m done I would love to own an NFL football team and be able to impact a city, a country and just bring people to football. Wilson told The Associated Press for an upcoming episode of the AP Pro Football podcast. “I’m very attached to the business side of things and just sport in general. I like to win. I like the process of winning. So I hope to be able to bring this culture to a team and an organization. “

Wilson is already a minority owner of Seattle’s Major League Soccer franchise, the Sounders.

Wilson, who turns 33 on November 29, has a number of interests outside of football, including storytelling. With his wife, Ciara, he founded “Why Not You Productions” and is executive producer of a new film called “National Champions” which explores the remuneration of college athletes.

In the film, the star quarterback calls on both teams to boycott the championship game to protest fair compensation, equality and respect for student-athletes.

“I’m very excited about ‘national champions’ and the way he explores the idea of ​​the varsity sports business and the fact that it generates billions of dollars for these universities, brands and TV networks and everything. relies on the underlying thinking that these kids aren’t getting paid for it, ”Wilson said.

Wilson also makes an appearance in the film to support the position of the main character.

“I also actively support him in real life,” Wilson said. “I think college athletes should be paid.”

The trailer for “National Champions” premieres on Tuesday and the film will be released on December 10th. Director Ric Roman Waugh said Wilson played an important role in ensuring the story was presented from a student-athlete’s perspective.

“Russ was not only outspoken about his own journey, but shared the experience of many of his peers who haven’t had the chance to make the NFL, especially at his level,” said Waugh. “His presence as an executive producer and on screen has given so many more confidence to speak out and help us shape the argument on both sides of this debate.”

Wilson returned to the field on Sunday after a serious finger injury forced him to miss games for the first time in his 10 seasons in the league. He completed 20 of 40 passes for 161 yards and two interceptions in Seattle’s 17-0 loss to Green Bay. It was the first time the Seahawks had been ruled out in Wilson’s 150 regular season starts.

Wilson missed three games following middle finger surgery on his throwing hand and rehabilitated 7-8 p.m. on some days only to come back several weeks ahead of schedule. Being forced to watch from the sidelines reinforced his love for the game.

“I knew I was madly crazy about the game, but I’m ridiculously obsessed with it,” he said. “That’s why I want to play for more than 20 years. I think the other part that you learn about yourself is having patience. At the same time, you have to have dynamism. I think that’s such a critical part. The third thing is (have) relentless trust. You don’t want to confuse this with arrogance. It’s strictly confidence in what you do and how you do it and you’ve done it before, and we’ll do it again and with great faith, anything is possible, and that’s really what got me been very evident in my journey. “

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