Russell Wilson in action during a Seattle Seahawks game at CenturyLink Field. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota)
Deion Sanders may have been “Prime Time” during his playing days in the NFL, but Russell Wilson is a prime player when it comes to Amazon.
The Seattle Seahawks QB has taken stock in the guys who helped him become the highest paid player in the NFL by actually purchasing Amazon stock for his offensive linemen as a “thank you” for protecting him every Sunday.
TMZ reported Monday that Wilson sent a letter to 13 linemen, informing them that he was gifting them each $12,000 in stock in the Seattle-based tech giant. Wilson spent a total of $156,000 — a week after signing a contract extension with the Seahawks that will pay him a reported $140 million over four years.
TMZ Sports shared a copy of the letter from Wilson in which he told his teammates that they “go to battle together” every Sunday and that he would not be where he is today without them.
You have invested in my life … this is my investment into yours.
Wilson said he wanted to give the men something that would have a lasting imapact and help them prepare for life after football.
“One of the ways I prepare is by investing in companies and ideas that I believe will grow and change the world,” Wilson wrote. “One of these companies is Amazon.”
It’s an interesting choice in Seattle-area tech investments given that the team Wilson plays for is what it is because of the Microsoft billions made by the team’s late owner, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. And Wilson himself has helped the NFL and the company promote a signature sideline product for the league — the Microsoft Surface.
But maybe Saturday morning pancakes with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos did the trick in luring Wilson’s investment dollars. Or, the fact that Bezos was an investor in TraceMe, Wilson’s attempt at a social media startup, may have helped.
“You have invested in my life … this is my investment into yours,” Wilson said in his letter.