The city of Seattle knows Russell Wilson is a good guy, but now the Pro Football Writers of America are making it official.
Wilson was named the 2014 Good Guy Award winner on Tuesday, becoming the first Seahawk to receive the honor.
The Good Guy Award is “given to a NFL player for his qualities and professional style in helping pro football writers do their jobs,” according to the Seahawks official website.
The Seattle P-I reported that a press release from the PFWA said Wilson earned the award because of his work ethic on the field and generosity off of it.
“Russell’s work with the local children’s hospital, even during the season, is fairly well-known,” said The (Tacoma) News Tribune’s Dave Boling in a news release from the PFWA. “I think he has a larger impact on the Seattle area, though, with the messages he sends out during every interview.”
On the field last season, Wilson led the Seahawks to the franchise’s first Lombardi Trophy and he was the third-youngest QB to win the big game.
Off the field, Wilson has visited Seattle Children’s hospitals since being drafted in 2012 and he always seems to have time to help kids in need.
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Wilson is the sixth quarterback in the past seven years to receive the Good Guy Award, which has been distributed annually since 2005.
I’ve always admired Wilson as a true role model for kids and adults alike.
His collective behavior when under pressure on the field, his professional demeanor in interviews after the game, and his uncanny ability to always find time to bring a smile to the faces of children is worth considerable respect.
In a world where too many pro athletes seem focused on money, contracts and themselves, it’s always refreshing to watch an athlete who cares about more than the sport they play.
Congrats to Russell Wilson. You make Seattle and Seahawks fans very proud.