Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is getting divorced from his wife of more than two years, Ashton, he announced in a statement Wednesday.
“I have made the difficult decision to file for divorce,’’ said Wilson in a statement released to media outlets through the Seahawks. “Clearly, decisions like these don’t come easy. Ashton and I respectfully ask for prayers, understanding and privacy during this difficult time. Moving forward, I will have no further comment on this personal matter.’’
Wilson had known the 26-year-old Ashton since they attended high school in Richmond, Va., and according to previous stories, began dating while each went to North Carolina State, where Wilson played quarterback and was on the baseball team. Wilson finished his college career with one season at Wisconsin in 2011.
They were married on Jan. 14, 2012 at The Country Club of Virginia in Richmond. According to a 2012 story in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the wedding featured “a dramatic winterscape of 20 full-size trees’’ and a ”reception for 300 guests soared off the charts as Big Swing and the Ballroom Blasters took to the stage.”
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Wilson was selected a few months later in the third round by the Seahawks, and surprised many observers by being named the team’s starting quarterback before the season. He became an almost immediate sensation by leading Seattle to an 11-5 record and a playoff win in 2012, tying an NFL rookie record with 26 touchdown passes.
Wilson then led Seattle to its first Super Bowl title, a 43-8 win over Denver on Feb. 2 in New Jersey, following a 13-3 regular season record.
Wilson, 25, is entering the third season of a four-year rookie contract. He cannot renegotiate that contract until after the 2014 season, under terms of the NFL’s Labor agreement.
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