Russell and Ashton Wilson were friends in high school in Richmond, Virginia. Ashton transferred from the University of Georgia to N.C. State to be with Wilson as he starred at quarterback there. The couple got married after Wilson finished college at the University of Wisconsin, and now, just a little over two years later, Russell Wilson has filed for divorce.
Wilson said in a statement that he made the decision to move forward with the divorce, and it, of course, was not an easy step to take. The Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks’ quarterback asked for prayers, privacy and understanding in dealing with this matter. He also vowed not to speak about it further or answer any questions about the ordeal.
Russell and Ashton Wilson were wed on January 14, 2012 at Richmond’s Country Club of Virginia. Ashton will long be remembered by NFL fans for her over-the-top expression that she displayed just months later on draft day as Seattle selected Russell Wilson in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Once the couple settled in to the Seattle area, Ashton was frequently seen with her husband helping out at charity events and offering support and encouragement to kids during the couple’s many visits to the Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Raleigh, North Carolina sports talk radio personality Joe Ovies, who covered Wilson while he starred at N.C. State, said that the news of the couple’s divorce is just another example of how the media and the fans of sports figures really do not know them or what they are going through.
“My only opinion on Russell Wilson divorce,” Ovies tweeted on Wednesday. “Another reminder that we don’t really know what’s going on with the folks we watch and cover.”
Russell Wilson gave no further details as to how or why he came to the decision to file for divorce. Even with his request for privacy, however, the Pro Bowl signal caller has still been active on Twitter since announcing his decision. On Wednesday following the release of his statement for the press, Wilson retweeted an encouraging spiritual message from Scriptural Truth. The tweet said that God never promises the absence of storms. He just promises to walk with us through them.
In his two years in the NFL, Wilson has passed for 6475 yards and 52 touchdowns. He has quieted skeptics that said he was too short to play the quarterback position by remaining very consistent during both his rookie and sophomore years in the league. He has averaged over 63 percent accuracy in his passing game during that time and he boasts a quarterback rating of 100.6. Wilson says that following his Super Bowl victory, he and his teammates are going through a championship off-season. The 5-foot 11-inch, 206 pound signal caller also said that he has a dream to be the best quarterback ever. Wilson conceded that he is not there yet by any stretch of the imagination, but then coined a phrase that his late father always used to say to him. “Why not?”
“Why can’t I be the best quarterback to ever play the game one day,” Wilson asked.
While Russell Wilson has dreams of being one of the best quarterbacks of all-time, Ashton Wilson has a strong liberal arts and communications background to fall back on. She is currently an Advertising Operations Assistant with American Family Insurance. She also has experience in art buying, media marketing and consulting.
Commentary by Jeremy Mika