It already has been a big week for Anna Wilson, a junior at Collegiate (Richmond, Va.), a Stanford recruit and one of the best high school basketball players in the nation. The 5-foot-7 point guard, who scored the 1,000th point in her career earlier this week, is the sister of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. She’s on her way to Super Bowl XLIX, and she’s blogging for espnW.
Growing up I always wanted a younger sibling to play with and boss around. But instead I was blessed with two older brothers. The oldest, Harry, is 31 years old -- we’re 14 years apart but we have the same birthday -- and then there’s Russell, who is 26. But now, with the kind of experiences and opportunities that I have been able to be a part of with my older brothers, I couldn’t imagine my life without them.
Russell is about to play in his second of hopefully many more Super Bowls, and I get to experience it while supporting him. Russell and I are only 8 ½ years apart, so I lived under the same roof with him longer than I did with Harry. When Russell started playing for Wisconsin, I was in eighth grade. That’s when I started to get the questions. The most common one: “What is it like being the sister of Russell Wilson?” Most of the time I kind of stand there and say, “It’s nice, I guess,” with a nonchalant shrug.
People assume that I am going to have this extravagant answer, but really Russell is a guy who is passionate about what he does, maintains his humility and loves his family. If anyone wants to know what it is like having Russell as a brother, there are three things you should know.
1. He loves to sing and dance.
2. He is the most supportive person I know.
3. He has a spectacular outlook on life and amazing vision.
Those are the things that I love and appreciate most about Russell. He can win however many Super Bowls -- let’s hope No. 2 is Sunday when the Seahawks play the Patriots -- but at the end of the day, he is just a normal guy doing extraordinary things and striving to be uncommon.
Now, as he gets ready to play in his second straight Super Bowl, I guess he is pretty good. But I just see him as my brother. An ordinary guy doing extraordinary things, and that is what I love about him.
Follow my next blog Sunday, coming to you from Super Bowl XLIX (49)!