Wilson and Ciara also used their platforms to encourage voting, especially among youth and communities of color, through the “I Vote” campaign. In 2020, they announced the creation of Why Not You Academy, a tuition-free, public charter school in Des Moines, Washington, set to open in the fall of 2021.
“For me personally, 2020 has really changed my perspective,” Wilson said. “I’ve always thought about others and this is always something important to me and Ciara, but when you realized that so many people every day can be affected in so many different ways, it was very important for us to return the favor. I felt like God was calling us to do something, and calling us to Using our resources, using our networks of relationships and the like to come together and try to make a difference. In the end, it made me think of my children, and pray that they are not someday, which is why we really tried to advance and make a difference in 2020. ”
On the field, Wilson excelled as he did throughout his career, taking the Pro-Bowl honor for the eighth time in nine seasons, helping the Seahawks achieve a record 12-4 and the NFC West title, and throwing 40 touchdown passes. .
Throughout his career, Wilson’s success on Sundays and in the community has been driven, in large part, but the rhetorical question that his father Harrison Wilson III always asked of his three children, Russell, Harrison IV and Anna.
Harrison III died of complications from diabetes in 2010, but not before he and wife Tammy instilled in their three children the drive to excel not only in sports but in life.
Wilson said, “The thing my dad used to tell me when I was little was, ‘Son, why don’t you?'” “Why not play professional baseball, why not play pro football, why not graduate early, why not do this and that?” I realized at a young age when I was 6, 7, and 8, this was the driving force question consciously and subconsciously that I ended up asking myself the question all the time. And I think that’s the question that we should all be asking ourselves. “
It is therefore only fitting that Wilson won this coveted award, in recognition of his distinction on and off the field, and was named after one of Harrison Wilson III’s favorite athletes.
Wilson said, “Maybe my dad was smiling from ear to ear, because (Payton) was probably one of my father’s favorite athletes of all time, and he always talked about what he did off the field and who he was as a person.” “ … I know my dad is smiling at me, and I know Walter is there too, maybe just hanging out, maybe smoking a cigar, who knows? What a blessing?
“If I can serve others, I think this is my responsibility. It is my responsibility as the midfielder to help my team-mates, but most importantly, it is an opportunity and a gift to be able to return the favor to others across the country, all over the world, and I think that is.” The reason God placed me in my place, and I am grateful for that every day. “