Russell Wilson’s Christian Faith

Russell Wilson (AP Photo / Elaine Thompson)

Russell Wilson (AP Photo / Elaine Thompson)

In a previous post, I told of Denver Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning’s Christian faith. So, in light of the approaching Super Bowl contest between Manning’s Denver Broncos and Russell Wilson’s Seattle Seahawks, I thought it only fair to write a post on Wilson’s Christian faith—even if this might make it harder to determine which team to root for on Sunday!

According to the book The Inspirational Story of Football Superstar Russell Wilson (available on Amazon Kindle here), “Wilson is a devout Christian and has considered faith as an important part of his life.” The book goes on to describe Wilson’s conversion to Christianity at the age of 14, and it points out that Wilson posts Bible verses daily to his Twitter account.

In contrast to Peyton Manning, Wilson is very open about his Christian faith. In fact, Russell recently sat down with some teammates and coaches for an interview about their shared Christian faith, and when he was asked to tell a little bit about his story, he said this about his faith:

I wouldn’t be where I am today without Jesus. Jesus is my all; he’s my everything. I’m not perfect by any means. I try to do things the right way. I try to live righteous. But I’m a constant work-in-progress. We all are. Nobody’s perfect. That’s the amazing thing about Jesus. He takes you for who you are. For me, it’s just [about] giving him all the glory.

Russell continued,

We [my Christian teammates and I] talk about playing for an Audience of One. An Audience of One truly is playing for the Lord, playing for Jesus Christ. People always ask me, “Russell do you ever get nervous for games? Do you worry or anything like that?” No. Not at all. When I step out on the field, [I believe] God’s put me on that field for a reason, in front of 80,000 people for a reason. I truly believe that through my play, hopefully, that I change people’s lives.

Later, Russell was asked to sum up what Jesus means to him. He answered,

Jesus is love. At the end of the day, we are all looking for someone to comfort us, somebody to be there for us at all times. When we are at the worst times of our lives, when we are battling with something, or struggles, whatever it may be, when we are at our highest point as well, when things are going really well, we want somebody to comfort us and be there for us and to say, “Well done.” That’s Jesus. Jesus has always been there. He’ll never leave you, never forsake you.

You can read more about Russell’s story, including his faith, in the aforementioned book The Inspirational Story of Football Superstar Russell Wilson.

(available on Amazon Kindle here)

Other quotations are from the following interviews: