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Russell Wilson files for divorce from wife Ashton

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Russell Wilson came into the NFL as a rookie who was mature beyond his years. He had already played pro baseball, he had been in college for four years, and he was already married. But it sounds like his marriage isn’t working out, unfortunately.

The Seattle Seahawks released a statement Wednesday saying Wilson filed for a divorce from wife Ashton, whom he married in January 2012.

“I have made the difficult decision to file for divorce. Clearly, decisions like these don’t come easy. Ashton and I respectfully ask for prayers, understanding and privacy during this difficult time.”

Ashton went viral on the internet during the 2012 draft for her classic facial reaction after her husband was drafted:

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The two met in high school and were together during college. Ashton had this to say last year when describing their marriage:

“Honestly, we just try to keep our home life as normal as possible,” Wilson said to KIRO Radio’s Tom and Curley Show. “We just try and keep it real, realize what my husband does is a job, it can change at any minute, and what really matters is we don’t change no matter what changes around our environment.”

Ashton went to NC State with Russell and graduated from the school. Russell proposed to her on Aug. 1 2010.

The timing of the announcement has led to many questions for people. Wilson is still on his rookie deal and making a fraction of what Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks earn. Some believe he is divorcing before signing his big contract extension so that he doesn’t have to split the money with her.

Also see: Mel Kiper and Jon Gruden argue over Russell Wilson during NFL Draft

Kevin Connolly broke leg playing football with Russell Wilson on ‘Entourage’ set

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Russell Wilson is one of a number of professional athletes who will be making a cameo in the upcoming “Entourage” movie, only his scene may have cost the creators of the movie a lot more than others. While Wilson was filming a scene with actor Kevin Connolly, who plays Eric Murphy in the show/movie, Connolly suffered a broken leg.

Deadline reported on Monday that Connolly broke his leg in two places last Wednesday while catching a pass from Wilson. Director Doug Ellin later confirmed that the injury took place while filming and that Connolly still managed to come down with the ball.

“Pain management advice from a Super Bowl champ!!!” Connolly wrote on Twitter. “#brokenleg.”

Wilson shared the same photo on his Instagram account.

“My man (Kevin Connolly) banged up after Running a perfect post route,” he wrote. “When he gets healthy watch out Wes Welker! #ARealHeartGuy #WhiteLightning.”

Amazingly enough, Connolly reportedly got write back to work after the injury happened and shot the next scene. He came to work the next day and production has not been interrupted. Either they’ve somehow worked the broken leg into the movie, or Connolly must be a pretty tough dude. I’m sure no actors will be catching passes from NFL quarterbacks for the remainder of production.

Texas Rangers to sell Russell Wilson gear

Russell Wilson SeahawksRon Washington may be irritated with the whole Russell Wilson thing, but the Texas Rangers sure are milking the situation.

The team announced Friday that they have produced Russell Wilson Texas Rangers gear that will be available for sale beginning on Sunday in advance of Wilson’s visit to camp Monday.

The gear will be available in both Rangers colors and Seahawks colors. From a team press release via the Dallas Morning News:

Replica home white jerseys and red and royal t-shirts with “Wilson” and “3” on the back will be available at the Surprise Stadium merchandise stores beginning on Sunday, when the Rangers host the Chicago White Sox at 1:05 p.m. MT.

Replica home white jerseys, royal and “Seahawk Green” t-shirts with “Wilson” and “3” on the back will also go on sale this Sunday at the Texas Rangers Team Shops at Globe Life Park in Arlington (open Sunday from 12 noon-5:00 p.m. CT) and Fort Worth (open Sunday 12 noon-6:00 p.m. CT). The merchandise will also be available at the Rangers Team Shop in Dallas, which is closed Sunday but opens on Monday at 10:00 a.m. CT.

Wilson was a fourth-round pick by the Colorado Rockies in 2010 and played two minor league seasons before returning to college to continue his football career. The Rangers selected him in the Rule 5 draft this year with the intention of having him show up at camp to be a positive presence. Washington has made it clear that Wilson will not be playing for the team. But that won’t stop them from making some money off him. Smart business move.

Ron Washington seems irritated with the whole Russell Wilson thing

Ron-WashingtonRussell Wilson will be joining the Texas Rangers for their Cactus League game on Monday, but the Seattle Seahawks quarterback will not be stepping to the plate. On Wednesday, a seemingly annoyed Ron Washington answered a series of questions from reporters about whether or not Wilson will be allowed to hit in the game.

“How’s he gonna get an at-bat? The guy hasn’t had any work at all,” Washington said. “No way … The guy hasn’t seen a pitch. He hasn’t seen anything. I’m not running him up there.”

A reporter then asked if it is a matter of not wanting to take an at-bat away from a legitimate contender who could actually make the team.

“That is correct because that’s a fact,” Washington replied with a smirk.

Washington has always been a no-nonsense kind of guy, and it would be tough to describe Wilson’s scheduled appearance on Monday as anymore than nonsense. The Rangers control Wilson’s rights after taking him in the Rule 5 draft in December, but the 25-year-old just won a Super Bowl. His future revolves around the NFL and only the NFL.

“Our intention is to bring him in and try to see if there’s anything he can say that may help anyone around here that has a baseball uniform,” Washington concluded. “This guy’s a winner. He has tremendous character. He has attitude and undoubtedly a lot of commitment to what he does. That’s what we’re about.”

And yes, we know how much Washington loves to bunt. That doesn’t mean he’s going to put Wilson in the way of a 90-mph fastball just to drop one down. Reporters know this is nothing but a PR stunt. It must be exhausting for Washington to listen to them act like it’s anything more.

Video via The Big Lead

Russell Wilson takes shot at Bleacher Report for grading Seahawks’ 2012 draft an F

russell-wilson-seahawksThe Seattle Seahawks are Super Bowl champions, which automatically validates almost everything the team has done over the course of the past few seasons. Pete Carroll and company have obviously drafted well and signed the right free agents. Although, one Bleacher Report writer thought the Seahawks fell flat on their faces in the 2012 NFL Draft.

In April 2012, the Seahawks drafted Russell Wilson. They also used one of their picks in the 2012 NFL Draft to acquire Marshawn Lynch in 2010. Those two, among others, have been kind of important to Seattle’s success. Wilson reminded everyone of that on Wednesday.

Here’s what Bleacher Report’s Donald Wood had to say about Wilson and the Seahawks at the time:

Pete Carroll is proving why he didn’t make it in the NFL the first time. Not only was Bruce Irvin a reach at No. 15, the Seahawks proved they were oblivious to their madness by celebrating their selection.

As if the day wasn’t bad enough, Seattle selecting Russell Wilson, a QB that doesn’t fit their offense at all, was by far the worst move of the draft. With the two worst moves of the draft, Seattle is the only team that received an F on draft day.

The Seahawks also drafted linebacker Bobby Wagner in the second round of the 2012 draft. The former Utah State star has recorded 260 combined tackles in two seasons and racked up 34 during this year’s playoffs. Robert Turbin, who has served as a quality compliment to Lynch and could be the future of Seattle’s backfield, was taken in the fourth round.

Enough said.

Asheville Tourists put up billboard congratulating Russell Wilson

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The Asheville Tourists are pretty proud of one of their most famous alumni. They even put up a billboard around town to congratulate Russell Wilson on winning the Super Bowl.

The Tourists are the single-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, and they play in the South Atlantic League. Wilson, who was a two-sport star in college at NC State, was drafted by the Rockies in the fourth round of the 2010 draft.

A second base prospect, Wilson hit .306 with a .929 OPS in his junior season at NC State and then signed with the Rockies. He only hit .229 in 315 career minor league games and decided to quit baseball and try football again. He actually went back to college and played his senior season at Wisconsin in the fall of 2011, and then was drafted in the third round by the Seahawks in 2012.

It’s crazy how quickly things moved in Wilson’s career. Less than three years ago he was trying to play professional baseball, and now he’s a Super Bowl champion quarterback.

Russell Wilson explains his phenomenal hairstyle

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Who had the best hair at Seattle Seahawks Media Day? Russell Wilson, of course. Some people might like Richard Sherman’s dreadlocks, but Wilson is well on his way to a classic Jheri curl. We have seen players like Tom Brady rock some crazy hairstyles over the years, but there is never really an explanation. Wilson gave on for his locks on Tuesday.

“People keep asking me about my hair, if that’s a factor in the game,” Wilson told reporters, via Anwar S. Richardson of Shutdown Corner. “Normally, I keep my hair pretty low, but I actually saw an 11th grade picture of my dad and I. When I was in 11th grade, I won a state championship, and I had my hair grown out. I didn’t cut my hair the whole year for that season, and my dad didn’t either. It kind of inspired me for this year. That’s kind of why I have the Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars, S-curl right now.”

You hear that, Darnell Dockett? Wilson couldn’t care less how much you make fun of his hair, because it may be one of the reasons the Seahawks are one win away from winning a championship. Superstition is the way.