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:
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.