"Some things you don’t have to shy away from," Wilson said. "You know what’s right and you know what’s wrong. It was one of those things where I was going to step forward. The whole idea is what can we do to move forward, now and in the future?"
Wilson, writing for a new website called PlayersTribune.com, said he was a bully as a kid and beat people up, and that it’s time to do more about domestic violence.
Wilson launched his new foundation -- Why Not You Foundation -- this week. He also has started the Pass the Peace initiative, which has a person challenge two other people to make a $2 donation or more to The National Domestic Violence Hotline.
It’s similar to the Ice Bucket Challenge, which raised money for the ALS Foundation.
"The whole goal is to empower people for change and make a difference in the world," Wilson said. "I thought I could make a difference. It’s been a great initiative so far. I think within 2 1/2 hours of the video [Thursday], over 1.7 million people saw it of me challenging Derek Jeter and Justin Timberlake.
"Hopefully, the Pass the Peace two people at a time will be a snowball effect and help more people down the road. If you focus on making a change one person at a time, we have a chance. If I just tell everybody to stop all at once, that’s not going to happen."
Wilson wrote some candid comments about who he was growing up, bullying other kids by pushing them into walls and even knocking out teeth.
"I was so competitive that I thought I owned the playground and thought I owned the classroom," Wilson said. "I thought that was being a man. I thought I was bigger than who I really was. I thought I wouldn’t ever get in trouble for anything."
But Wilson said his faith changed him when he was 14.
"That changed my life big time," he said. "I used to just go to church to see the cute girls. Now I go to work on my heart."
Wilson admits he is a very reserved person most of the time, but he has stepped out of shell with the domestic violence issue, hoping to spark change.
"I don’t think I’m going to be the one to raise a whole bunch of money, but hopefully I can start it," said Wilson, who was wearing his new purple Pass the Peace hoodie. "That’s my goal, to Pass the Peace to people who can pass it on to their friends and start a movement."