A Russell Wilson autograph on a 16-year-old fan’s leg? It will be a tattoo.
Hustling for nearly half an hour in the midday heat, quarterback Russell Wilson converted the boys, girls and adults into Broncomans for life by relentlessly signing more than 400 autographs and scribbling a heartfelt apology to 16-year-old Kenny’s mother. Vargas.
“I’m going to turn whatever Mr. Wilson wrote on my leg into a tattoo,” Vargas told me on Wednesday. “Don’t tell my mother. She doesn’t have to know.
No need to know?
All I can say is that this plot hatched by a star NFL quarterback and his new best friend from Legend High School is going to be extremely difficult to keep secret.
Sporting a smile that wouldn’t stop, Vargas rolled up the hem of his shorts to proudly reveal unmistakable proof of fandemonium for Wilson now adorning his right thigh.
In the bold sweeps of a black Sharpie, Wilson had responded to Vargas’ request to decorate the teenager’s leg by signing an autograph, which prominently features No. 3.
But Wilson didn’t stop there. He continued to write, quoting a Bible verse from the Book of John and scribbling “Let’s Ride,” the veteran quarterback’s mantra for this new football adventure with the Broncos.
Before returning the Sharpie, Wilson added one final thought for the adult who will need to give Vargas his final approval before a teenager turns this piece of body art into a permanent tattoo:
“The kid was like, ‘My dad said I could get a tattoo. But my dad also told me not to tell mom,'” Wilson recalled, laughing at the family dynamics at work. So I felt compelled to add, ‘Sorry Mom!'”
At the end of each of the seven practices in training camp, Wilson remained on the field to do some extra work with his receivers, then removed his helmet and ran towards hundreds of fans who were leaning on a thin rope at the background of a grassy field. berm to shout adulation for the elite quarterback that Broncos Country has been waiting for since Peyton Manning retired.
With great enthusiasm and without fail, when the vast majority of NFL players would retire rather quickly from the hot summer sun to cool the loneliness inside the locker room, Wilson pushes his way through the crowd as a guy running for president of the United States.
He poses for selfies, leads chants and demonstrates that when this 33-year-old quarterback says, “If someone says you have to do X amount, I triple it,” Wilson means it.
With simple acts of kindness that brighten the lives of young Broncos fans celebrating a birthday or battling cancer, Wilson reminds us that even though he may be married to a beautiful singer and enjoying the benefits of an annual salary average north of $30 million, a quarterback listed in your program at a modest 5-foot-11 is truly a people man.
After sweating it out on the field with teammates for nearly two hours, I clocked this autograph session at 29 minutes, 46 seconds. Although Wilson signs faster than a moron like me can count with absolute accuracy, I asked him for 403 autographs on that cloudless August day.
He signed a poster on which teenagers Otto Eienzel and Swaym Jain confessed that they were skipping school. With voices from the crowd shouting “Please, it’s my birthday, Mr. Russ” and “My grandma loves you,” he signed a straw hat, mini Broncos helmet and green jersey lemon from his former employer in Seattle.
“It’s awesome !” exclaimed Taylor Burton, 18, holding a now frame-worthy Seahawks jersey to his chest. “Russell Wilson is the best player in the league, if you ask me. And he cares about the fans. I can’t think of any other NFL player spending so much time signing autographs day in and day out. Do you?”
It wasn’t the first time Wilson had been asked to turn his autograph into a tattoo. “Second time in the last week only!” he said.
Watching practice, Vargas told his dad why he wanted Wilson to sign his leg.
“And I said to him, ‘You’re crazy. There’s no way (Wilson) can do that,” said Victor Lases, now a willing accomplice in young Kenny’s scheme.
“But he signed it. Yes, I’m on the board with the tattoo. But what will his mum say? Well, I don’t know. We’ll have to call and find out.
After the last of more than 400 autographs were completed and his friendly team of security guards disbanded, Wilson exhaled once, then rushed off to roll in the grass with his children and hug. arm his extremely patient wife.
While 292 career touchdown passes and a Super Bowl championship are serious feats, do you know what impresses me most about Wilson? He might be the only man in the world who could keep Ciara waiting for almost half an hour and get away with it.
When time with a beautiful family is so precious during training camp, Wilson considers hanging out with his new Broncos a joy rather than a duty.
“I’m one of 32 men in the world who can do what I do: be a starting quarterback in the NFL. It’s a gift,” Wilson told me.
“If an autograph can inspire someone who dreams of playing football on this ground one day or inspire a young boy or girl who dreams of being in this building leading a football team, I am all for it. okay. I’m here to try and inspire these young fans. It’s not about me. It’s about them. Giving. Loving. Serving. That’s life.”
Something as simple as an autograph reveals great truth in the gospel according to DangeRuss.
Above all, a true leader is a servant of the people.
Offering me a fist-pump in celebration of that core belief, Wilson added, “Amen.”