SEATTLE What’s Russell Wilson going to do next for our area? Run for mayor? Governor? Get that SODO arena built himself?
Two days after he simply refused to lose in rally his Seahawks past Houston while setting a team passing record, one afternoon after agreeing to restructure his contract so his team could trade for three-time Pro Bowl left tackle Duane Brown, Wilson was dressed up for Halloween in his weekly Tuesday visit to Seattle Children’s hospital.
As Pete Carroll.
Yes, the headset, the gum, the khakis, the white shoes and the “really cool, awesome” and all.
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Wilson has been visiting Seattle Children’s every Tuesday for years. He often takes his wife Ciara with him as he visits the bedsides of some of the renowned regional medical center’s sickest kids.
My wife is a speech-language pathologist at Seattle Children’s. She says the staff there truly looks forward to Tuesdays, so much so it has a “Blue Tuesday” tradition on the campus, instead of the Pacific Northwest’s typical “Blue Friday,” because of the QB. She sees the effects Wilson’s visits have on the patients and their families there, both in the anticipation before he arrives and the appreciation after he leaves. Seahawks gear is normal duty attire for many who work there.
Wilson isn’t hanging out in the hospital lobby or cafeteria fronting with the masses, either. He goes into the hospital’s most critical situations in the intensive-care and cancer units. He’s mocked up in protective outerwear and gloves to be at the bedside of the most contagious and at-risk kids.
Some knock Wilson for promoting these visits on social media and being self-serving. That’s ignorant. Fact is, the posts of Wilson’s visits are enormous sources of pride and appreciation for the kids he is highlighting and their families. Those of us who are not in those heart-breaking situations can’t even imgaine. The hospital encourages -- and as you can see above from regular posts on Seattle Children’s Twitter account, even facilitates -- the sharing of the images across the internet.
Star tight end Jimmy Graham went on about Wilson the man following the quarterback’s winning touchdown pass to him with 21 seconds left Sunday that beat the Texans in one of the wildest games ever in Seattle.
"I mean, first off, 3 is special,” Graham said. “His will to win and his will to overcome is like no other, it is unbelievable, who he is as a person.”