Russell Wilson: Handling success with humility and class
The first time I heard of Russell Wilson was when he decided to transfer from North Carolina State University to the University of Wisconsin-Madison to play one season of football.
As a UW-Madison alumnus, I was curious to see him play. Although I couldn’t watch all the games that season, I was able catch the Wisconsin vs. Nebraska game, and I was not disappointed. The Badgers whipped Nebraska by 31 points, thanks to Russell’s stellar leadership and play -- all much to my delight.
His control of the game and skill level were very impressive. So, when I had an opportunity to work with Russell, I jumped at the chance.
American Family Insurance began its partnership with Russell in 2013, and I was happy to have a role. I first met him early last year, and it was certainly an eye-opening experience. Russell was humble, intelligent and extremely driven -- all the traits you’d expect from a rookie who was able to win a job as a starting quarterback in the NFL.
I asked Russell what his interests were and how American Family could partner with him. The first thing he mentioned was his passing academy for youth. The Russell Wilson Passing Academy provides inner-city and underprivileged kids an opportunity to attend football camp, which for many is a once-in-a-lifetime thing.
I found it extremely telling Russell didn’t want something for himself, but rather help and support from American Family to assist young people in need. This was part of his dream -- to help others first.
It's refreshing to work with someone like Russell, who essentially has the world at his feet, but has the humility and character to handle his status with class.
Long live dreams, Russell.
Editor's note: American Family Insurance proudly supports the Russell Wilson Passing Academy. The camp is coming to six communities in summer 2014. For more information visit the camp website. And remember to join us as we count down the days until American Family Insurance brand ambassador, Russell Wilson, is in the big game. Join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook.