Russell Wilson buys $12,000 in Amazon stock for each 13 of his linemen

Seattle Seahawks NFL football quarterback Russell Wilson talks to reporters Wednesday, April 17, 201
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson talks to reporters April 17 in Renton, Wash.
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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson bought each of his offensive linemen a Bose SoundTouch 300 soundbar for Christmas last year. That’s a pretty nice gift — those suckers go for about $500 each.

But now that he’s the highest paid player in the NFL, Wilson wanted to do something really meaningful for the group of guys who played a huge role in getting him to that point.

“You sacrifice your physical and mental well-being to protect me, which in turn allows me to provide and care for my family,” the five-time Pro Bowl selection wrote in a letter to all 13 of his linemen, which was published online Monday by TMZ. “This does not go unnoticed and it is never forgotten.…

“When I sat down to think of ways to honor your dedication a dozen different ideas came to mind. Some were flashy, some were cool, but I wanted to give you something that had a lasting impact. Something that would affect the lives of you, your family, and your children.”


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Wilson came up with a pretty cool idea, something he said he hopes will help those teammates prepare for life after football.

“I am gifting you and your family, $12,000 worth of Amazon stock to help you achieve your dreams,” wrote Wilson, who agreed to a four-year, $140-million extension with the Seahawks last week.

The generous gesture cost Wilson $156,000, and it could end up being worth much more to the recipients. According to CNBC, each player’s stake could be worth more than $270,000 in 10 years if Amazon shares perform as strongly as they have over the past decade.


“You have invested in my life,” Wilson wrote. “This is my investment into yours.”

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