By Rory Sharrock
Throughout the 28-day period in February (29 during a leap year), newsreels, television series and online posts are flooded-stories celebrating the achievements of African Americans during Black History Month.
Adding his name as the newest member on the list of legends honored in February is Russell Wilson, Super Bowl champion quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks.
In just his third season in the NFL, Wilson, 26, has climbed to the summit of pro football. The Richmond, Va. native, who was a third-round pick (No. 75 overall) in the 2012 NFL Draft, became the second African-American starting quarterback to win the Super Bowl. Washington Redskins’ signal caller Doug Williams was the first to claim this feat after his Most Valuable Player performance in Super Bowl XXII. Ironically, both Williams and Wilson earned their championship glory following blowout wins over the Broncos.
Wilson’s name is now forever linked with a host of heroes who are revered for their greatness during Black History Month. This proud moment is just one chapter in a potentially classic book. He is one of the league’s rising stars and he’s still in the infancy of his football career. He already has a Super Bowl ring and is blessed with the talent, desire and supporting cast to continue to elevate his status.
Kudos to Russell Wilson. He was previously second guessed for his height (5’11”), draft status and arm strength. While the naysayers spewed such comments and then some his way, he continued to keep pushing forward, culminating with a Super Bowl crown last year and rewriting the storied pages of Black History Month.
Now, the only second guessing that will be linked to his name is how many Super Bowl rings will he have when it’s all said and done.