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Seahawks QB Russell Wilson Graces the Cover of ‘Rolling Stone’


After three years in the NFL, Russell Wilson has 36 regular-season wins, the most by any three-year quarterback in history. And despite the unpleasantness in last February’s Super Bowl, he already owns a championship ring. He was All-ACC at North Carolina State and, after a disagreement with his coach about missing spring practice to play baseball, transferred to Wisconsin and promptly led the Badgers to the Rose Bowl. He knows all things come through Scripture, discipline, and management.

At Wilson ‘s July 5th appearance at the Rock Church , a megachurch in San Diego , he dropped two bombs. First, he mentioned that his Super Bowl interception was all part of God’s plan: “The play happens, I take three steps, and God says to me, ‘I’m using you.’ My sixth step, God says to me, ‘I want to see how you respond, but more importantly I want [the world] to see how you respond.’?”

The fact that Wilson ‘s theological rationalization for the most infamous play in Super Bowl history got lost in the wash only speaks to the jaw-dropper he launched earlier in the conversation. Wilson met Ciara through a mutual friend in L.A. about six months earlier — and even that was preordained. Wilson had already told his friends before they met that he was going to end up with her. At the church, Wilson told the congregation and minister Miles McPherson, a former NFL defensive back, that he and Ciara were not doing the deed. God had speed-dialed Wilson again, this time backstage at his girlfriend’s show.

“She was on tour,” Wilson said, “and I was looking at her in the mirror 15 minutes before she went onstage. God said, ‘I need you to lead her.’?” Wilson smiled. “I was like, ‘Really? Right now?’?” Right away, Wilson asked her if she would be OK with taking all “that extra stuff off the table.” She agreed.

“I knew God had brought me into her life to bless her and for her to bless me and to bless so many people with the impact that she has and I have,” said Wilson . “He has anointed both of us — he’s calling for us to do something miraculous and special.” Wilson then quoted the book of Romans: “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”

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