Seattle Seahawks quarterback received something few professional athletes ever get from their most vocal, and critical fan base: an apology. The reigning NFC Champions stumbled out of the gate, losing their first two games of the season and, by week eight, only posting a .500 record of 4-4.
Many vocal fans in the Emerald City blamed the team's struggles on their franchise QB who began a high-profile romance in the off-season with pop singer, Ciara, claiming his personal life was detracting him from his leadership role with the team. By the team's bye week rolled around following win against the Dallas Cowboys on November 1 - a week Russell spent in Mexico with his famous girlfriend - the Seahawks' record was an unimpressive 4-4.
However, since the bye week, Russell has played some of his best football of the season and has led the Seahawks to a three-game win streak. Seattle is now in second place in the NFC West - three games behind the Arizona Cardinals (11-2) one of the hottest teams in the NFL - and peaking as they toward the playoffs.
To help Seahawks fans make amends for their criticism of their Super Bowl quarterback, ESPN's Kenny Mayne, a native of Seattle, hit the bricks to find Seahawks fans willing to publicly apologize to Wilson and Ciara for their criticism earlier in the season. Check out the results in the video below.
Wilson is a devoted Christian who speaks out often regarding his faith in Jesus Christ. In the documentary The Making Of A Champion, released in 2013, Wilson relates the story of how Jesus appeared to him in a dream shortly before his father's death and how the experience led to him being saved as a young teenager. "I had a dream that my dad passed away and that Jesus came into the room and he was basically knocking on my door, saying, 'Hey, you need to find out more about me,'" Wilson said in the documentary. "So that Sunday morning I ended up going to church and that's when I got saved."
Earlier in the fall various news and entertainment sources began reporting that Wilson and Ciara have chosen to remain celibate citing Wilson's Christian belief regarding premarital sex. Wilson was married to Ashtom Meem for two years before the marriage ended in divorce in 2014.
Wilson is also a leader in the Seattle community, involved in several charitable organizations supporting Boys and Girls Clubs of America and making weekly visits to Seattle Children's Hospital during the NFL season.
The Seattle Seahawks will look to improve to 8-5 as they take on the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore, Maryland, on Sunday, December 13.