Yahoo- Plenty of perks come your way when you're a Super Bowl-winning quarterback, one of them being endorsement offers for every product under the sun. And when your performance outstrips your paycheck and you're making about one-twentieth of what some of your peers make, well, some of those endorsement checks start to look pretty tasty.
Poor Russell Wilson. First his teammates don't think he's 'black enough', whatever that means. Now his own management is trying to take money out his pocket. If I were Russell Wilson I would tell the Seahawks to piss off. This is hard for me to say, because I really dislike Wilson, but he has earned every endorsement opportunity he has been given. He should milk everyone of them for all they are worth.
Think about this. Russell Wilson is making substantially less than a million dollars to play professional football this year. Yes, the SuperBowl winning quarterback is making the equivalent of NFL peanuts. To paint a better picture, mediocre quarterbacks like Colin Kaepernick and Andy Dalton just received contracts that pay them upwards of 20 million dollars a year. In case you have forgotten, they have won zero SuperBowls combined. In fact, Andy Dalton doesn't even have a playoff win.
That's what happens when you are undervalued in the draft. You get paid less and have to earn that big money contract. I understand that. Russell understands that. That's why he is attaching his name to each and every product he can. Make up for the dollars his contract lacks with endorsement money. This isn't a new concept.
What is a new concept is an athlete getting criticized for doing so. Peyton Manning has a monster contract. Drew Brees as well. Both are basically a part of every other commercial on television. I haven't heard a word muttered about it. I really can't remember this being an issue with any athlete ever. It's not like the time he devotes to commercials is taking away from his play on the field. Despite some recent losses, Wilson has been far from the problem.
This is why Seattle can't have nice things. They scoop up an absolute gem of a quarterback in the THIRD round of the draft, he leads them to a Super Bowl, then everything begins to fall to shit. Percy Harvin starts punching teammates, Marshawn Lynch starts bitching about money, people start questioning Russell's ethnic perception, and now management starts telling their quarterback how he can and can't prosper off his accomplishments. How about management worries more about the actual problems in the locker room, and less about the non-problem child who goes about his business professionally?