Russell Wilson has been with the Seattle Seahawks for an entire decade, and he plans to keep on playing in the NFL for another 12 years. The quarterback recently appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live alongside his wife, R&B star Ciara, and spoke about the time, energy, and money he invests in career longevity.
“It’s a process, it’s a lifestyle,” he said. “When you’re trying to play as long as I’m trying to play, I’m trying to play ’til 45… The mentality, the focus level, everything that you have to do has to be surrounded on that. So it’s been an amazing journey for me so far.”
Wilson revealed in an interview with Bill Simmons in November 2020 that he spends as much as $1 million each year on ensuring he stays in peak physical shape, retaining a whole “performance team” including a full-time personal trainer, physical therapist, mobility coach, massage therapist and two private chefs.
While he uses nutrition as an important tool to compliment his training—he eats as many as nine meals a day and is currently in the middle of a 10-day stint of consuming no dairy, gluten or red meat—Wilson also believes that the financial investment helps him focus on overcoming the psychological challenges of being a pro athlete.
“It’s not just the recovery part of it—that’s huge, right, and getting that—but you know for me, the biggest thing, you know you mentioned the body, and all that stuff, the biggest thing for me is the mental game,” he told Simmons. “You know, the mental game is so important.”
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