Russell Wilson recently became the NFL’s highest-paid player, but he hasn’t forgotten about who protects him.
The Seahawks quarterback signed a four-year, $140 million extension with Seattle earlier this month. To celebrate, he then gifted each of his offensive linemen $12,000 in Amazon stock.
Wilson spent a total of $156,000 on 13 teammates, according to a TMZ Sports report. Each lineman also received a letter from Wilson.
“Every Sunday we go to battle together. You sacrifice your physical and mental well-being to protect me, which in turn allows me to provide and care for my family. Now it is my turn to return the favor, I would not be where I am today without you working to be great day in and day out.
When I sat down to think of ways to honor your dedication a dozen different ideas came to mind. Some were flashy, some were cool, but I wanted to give you something that had a lasting impact. Something that would affect the lives of you, your family, and your children.”
Wilson settled on $12,000 as an homage to the number 12, which the franchise has retired in honor of its fans, according to a report from The Seattle Times.
Wilson has played the entirety of his seven-year career in Seattle and has said he wants to be a “Seahawk for life.” He threw for 3,448 yards and a career-high 35 touchdowns in 2018, leading his team to a 10-6 record and a second place finish in the NFC West standings behind the Rams.
Seattle went on to fall to the Cowboys in the Wild-Card Round of the playoffs.