Russell Wilson recently opened up about his plans once his standout NFL career is over. One post-playing goal is particularly aspirational and would keep him involved with the league for many years after his retirement. The Seattle Seahawks quarterback was asked during an interview this week with Sports Illustrated whether broadcasting was in his future. While such an endeavor does interest Wilson, he’s setting his sights much higher when it comes to remaining a figure in the NFL: becoming an owner.
Wilson mentions in the interview that becoming involved in NFL ownership — and potentially rising to majority owner status — is his “No. 1 goal” once he enters retirement. It stems from Wilson’s desire to win multiple Super Bowls beyond the one he’s already won (XLVIII in 2014) and any potential Lombardi Trophies in his playing future.
Interestingly enough, Wilson’s comments to SI aren’t the first time the topic of NFL ownership was broached by the superstar quarterback. During a conversation in November with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban on his “DangerTalk” podcast, Wilson discussed how he wants to be the owner of the Seattle Seahawks.
“I’m fired up to get there. I would love to own the Seattle Seahawks one day,” Wilson said. “The city is so special … That would be one of my biggest goals in life.”
Wilson is one of the highest-paid players in the league, but even his immense wealth is not sufficient to rise to the ranks of majority NFL ownership. Even though he’s amassed $162 million in career earnings just through his contracts without taking endorsement income, etc., into account, the Seahawks are worth an estimated $3.2 billion, per Forbes. A minority stake in the NFL organization would be a much more feasible option as things stand at this point, of course.
That said, Wilson has already tested the waters when it comes to ownership of a professional sports franchise. Wilson and wife Ciara purchased a stake in MLS club Seattle Sounders FC in 2019.