Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has a pretty squeaky clean image, along with his Super Bowl ring. But the diminutive signal caller wasn't always such a good egg. According to an essay Wilson published in The Players Tribune, Derek Jeter's new website, Wilson was teenage bully.
I used to beat people up. Truthfully, I used to beat people up a lot. Many of you readers probably think I have been Mr. Goody Two-Shoes my whole life, but honestly, I was a bully growing up. In elementary and middle school, I threw kids against the wall. I rubbed their heads in the dirt at recess. I bit them. I even knocked teeth out. I had a lot of anger that I didn't know what to do with. Thankfully, I was saved by my faith when I was 14 years old, and was able to start living for others instead of just myself.In the rest of the essay, Wilson discusses the Pass the Peace initiative, which is working to end domestic violence, and what you can to do contribute to it.
It's the second essay published on the Player's Tribune. In Jeter's introductory piece, which ran yesterday, the former Yankees captain discussed his hopes that The Players Tribune could be a place where "athletes have the tools they need to share what they really think and feel."
Wilson's piece is getting a lot of shares today, so The Player's Tribune is off to a good start. However to keep up the buzz it's going to have to ratchet up the confessions.
Today it's schoolyard hijinks, but six months down the road it's going to have to be Ray Lewis on what really happened that night in Atlanta.