Russell Wilson Gave All of His Linemen Stock in Amazon

Preparing for life after football

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After signing a 4-year, $140M contract—a deal that made him the highest paid player in the NFL—QB Russell Wilson wanted to say "thank you" to his offensive line for keeping him healthy long enough to secure the bag. But instead of a fancy watch or a pair of Wranglers—sorry Brett Favre—Wilson gave each lineman something he thought would have "a lasting impact" on them and their families: $12,000 of Amazon stock.

"You sacrifice your physical and mental well-being to protect me, which in turn allows me to provide and care for my family," Wilson wrote his linemen in individual letters, according to TMZ. "This does not go unnoticed and it is never forgotten." He ended the letter with "You have invested in my life ... this is my investment in yours."

Wilson hopes that his gift will encourage his teammates to start thinking about the long game. "The memories on the field will last forever," he wrote, "but we have to constantly prepare for life after football." Wilson shared that one of the ways he plans for his post-playing days is by investing in companies that will "grow and change the world," like Amazon.

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