Celebrate our Hometown Hero, Russell Wilson!
In celebration of Seattle's huge upset win, and in honor of our Richmond heroes, we're excited to have exclusive Seahawks championship mugs, pennants, car flags and more! We still have some stock of Russell Wilson jerseys with the Super Bowl badge, and brand-new Seattle Super Bowl tees. And we're not the only ones excited. Check out this coverage from NBC12! Going into Sunday's Super Bowl, much was being made of Peyton Manning's legacy and his sure-fire inclusion into the Hall of Fame. His father, Archie Manning, was a star quarterback for the Saints, then went on to the Oilers and Vikings. Archie's first-born son, Cooper, was a star high school receiver, and was headed to a promising career at Mississippi until a medical condition halted his plans. Younger brother Eli is a Super Bowl winner and MVP. Peyton has certainly had his share of success and has set quite a benchmark for future quarterbacks. But you don't need a huge college career or NFL genes to make a name for yourself. Russell Wilson, while born in Ohio, as raised right here in Richmond. You may argue that he was somewhat genetically gifted - his grandfather played football and basketball at Kentucky State, and his father, Harrison Wilson III, played football and baseball at Dartmouth. Wilson III even made it onto the practice squad for the Chargers. Young Russell made his mark at Richmond's Collegiate, where he was all-district, all-region, all-state, and was twice named the Richmond Times-Dispatch Player of the Year. After high school, he headed off to NC State, but not before fielding offers from the Baltimore Orioles and Colorado Rockies to play Big League Baseball. He did play some baseball at NC State, and even managed to squeeze in some minor league ball before finishing his college career at Wisconsin and then heading to the NFL. Some analysts said that were he taller he'd have been a First Round guy, but he eventually went in the 3rd, and quickly became the Seahawks' helmsman. That being said, let's not forget that Russell's older brother, Harrison IV (also a Collegiate grad), played football and baseball at the University of Richmond. And the Wilson's aren't done. Little sister Anna is a 5'7" sophomore point guard at Collegiate, and is considered to be one of the best high school players in the country. And lest we forget, before taking fullback responsibilities for Seattle, and before his two-position career with Penn State, Michael Robinson was a stand-out at Varina.