Russell Wilson’s Marriage Another Victim of Celebrity Fame, QB Files for Divorce

Russell Wilson

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There’s a lot of respect for the celebrities and athletes who manage to stay married to their high school or college sweetheart after they become famous. Being away from each other all the time because of work and constantly being in the public spotlight has to be straining on a marriage. No one knows that better than Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who filed for divorce from his wife of two years, Ashton.

Wilson said the following in a statement released by the Seahawks:

“I have made the difficult decision to file for divorce. Clearly, decisions like these don’t come easy. Ashton and I respectfully ask for prayers, understanding and privacy during this difficult time. Moving forward, I will have no further comment on this personal matter.”

Obviously, there’s no way for any of us to know the exact reason why Wilson and his wife have agreed to file for divorce. Considering the Super Bowl champion is a rather private guy who doesn’t like his personal life spilling over to the public, it’s doubtful that his fans will ever be told the reason behind it. At this point, the only way we will know for sure what happened is if friends of the two decide to leak information to the media anonymously.

With that being said, that doesn’t mean there can’t be speculation on what happened. The obvious reason is that Wilson’s marriage is simply another victim of fame. Winning football’s biggest game, becoming a sensation in such a short time period and hanging out with some of the most famous celebrities on the planet certainly takes its toll on a young marriage. Not to mention, the 25-year-old will be signing a mega-contract once his rookie deal concludes after the 2015 season.

In all honesty, Wilson appears to be a stand-up guy. I have to imagine the decision was mutual in that the two realized they aren’t the ones for each other. That must have been difficult to admit considering they have known each other since high school and began dating in college. The good news for Wilson is it shouldn’t take long for him to find someone new.

Michael Terrill is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @MichaelTerrill, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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  • Ron Grummer

    Wilson’s Rookie contract doesn’t end until after the 2015 season, he isn’t even eligible to extend until after the 2014 according to the CBA