Russell Wilson enjoys a reputation as a veritable nice guy in the National Football League. The Seattle Seahawks is liked by most and no one really has any reason to dis-like the former Wisconsin and NC State play caller.
This wasn't always the case however. Wilson has revealed in a first person written article in The Players Tribune that he had a darker side to him and used to attack classmates at school.
Beat Kids Up
"I used to beat people up. Truthfully, I used to beat people up a lot," Wilson reveals in the article. "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."
Wilson makes the revelation in an article geared to bring light to domestic violence and what can be done to prevent it.
Make A Change
"What can we do to help? All I can do is my small part. And I invite you to help me. I’ve recently launched the “Why Not You Foundation” where I’ll be raising funds and awareness for a number of worthy causes."
"It’s a place where I plan to give back, and for my first initiative, I want us to Pass the Peace to support victims of domestic violence. The idea behind Pass the Peace is simple: It’s a promise. I’m sharing my love for you. I want to take care of you. I am here for you."
The NFL has had a big knock to it's reputation lately with Ray Rice, Greg Hardy and Ray MacDonald all involved in domestic violence cases.
Roger Goodell and the league needs all the help it can get right now from some of it's star players, and it seems that Wilson has grown from the shadows of his past to try and be a trail blazer in a sport that isn't exactly known for it's kindness.