​Russell Wilson Divorce: “I have made the difficult decision”

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April 23, 2021

Russell Wilson Divorce - The Seattle Seahawks quarterback released a brief statement Wednesday saying he has filed for divorce from his wife, Ashton, which has surprised fans.

The couple were married in January 2012, just three months before the quarterback was selected in the third round of the NFL Draft. In somewhat of an odd move, the Seahawks also released a statement on his behalf, which is very unusual. NFL teams don’t usually release statements about a player’s personal life.

“I have made the difficult decision to file for divorce,” Wilson said. “Clearly, decisions like these don’t come easy. Ashton and I respectfully ask for prayers, understanding and privacy during this difficult time. Moving forward, I will have no further comment on this matter.”

Wilson signed a four-year, $2.99 million contract with the Seahawks on May 7, 2012. He made his preseason debut against the Tennessee Titans on August 11, 2021 and had his first preseason start on August 24 against the Kansas City Chiefs. On August 26, 2012, he was named the starting quarterback for the first regular season game after competing with Matt Flynn and Tarvaris Jackson for the position.

On September 9, 2012, he made his regular season debut in a 20-16 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Then, he threw 18 completions on 34 attempts for 153 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. In the third regular season game against the Green Bay Packers, the Seahawks won 14-12 on a controversial hail mary touchdown pass to Golden Tate. The contentious nature of the replacement officials’ decision on the play was widely considered to have been the tipping point that led to an agreement being reached to end the 2012 NFL referee lockout.

Wilson earned the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week honors for his stellar week 10 performance in a 28-7 victory over the New York Jets. He threw 12 completions on 19 attempts for 188 yards and 2 touchdowns, along with 7 rushing attempts for 34 yards. He was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week and FedEx Air Player of the Week for his week 13 performance in the 23-17 Seahawks win over the Chicago Bears.

He earned NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month honors for December 2012 after the Seahawks went 5-0 and he achieved a passer rating of 115.

Russell Wilson finished the 2012 regular season ranked 4th in the NFL in passer rating (100.0), beating the previous rookie record set by Ben Roethlisberger in 2004 (98.1). He threw for 3,118 yards and 26 touchdowns, tying Peyton Manning’s record for most touchdowns thrown by a rookie, and rushed for 489 yards and four touchdowns.

Following the 2013 season, Wilson led the Seahawks to their first Super Bowl win in the team’s 38-year history.