Throughout his football-playing days, former Penn State standout Michael Robinson tucked away a number underneath his pads that was different from the one on his jersey. It was his way of preserving the memory of a good friend whose bright future in the game was cut tragically short. “He was actually the No. 3 rated recruit in Virginia coming out of high school,” Robinson recalled. “The day before my senior year in high school [started], he died on the practice field because of dehydration. It’s something that stuck with me throughout my entire career from Penn State to San Francisco
Domestic violence impacts thousands of people across the country every day — so many that there often isn’t enough space in shelters to accommodate victims who need temporary refuge. Major off-the-field controversies involving some of the sport’s more prominent players have put a spotlight on that subject during this football season. And one of the NFL’s biggest stars is leading an effort to address the problem. Russell Wilson, a University of Wisconsin graduate and quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks team that’s playing in its second-straight Super Bowl tomorrow, started the Pass the Peace initiative through his Why Not You Foundation.
Russell Wilson is one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in the NFL, a dynamo on the ground and through the air. This weekend, he will lead the Seahawks against Seattle’s , the rival San Francisco 49ers, with a spot in the Super Bowl on the line. But there’s something beyond a shot at a Lombardi Trophy that motivates Wilson. In 2012, Wilson founded the Russell Wilson Passing Academy, designated as a football camp for children ages 9-17 who play all positions on the football field. The Cincinnati native’s goal in starting the program goes further than just teaching the fundamentals of