Russell Wilson began the final leg of the Russell Wilson Passing Academy football camp for young players on Saturday at the University of Washington. About 300 campers formed a line early Saturday morning, many wearing Russell Wilson jerseys.
I’ve covered a lot of these camps put on by college or professional athletes before, and I have to say that Wilson’s was one of the smoothest run that I’ve been to. As one parent said at the end of the day, “Would you expect any different from him?” Wilson was heavily involved throughout the day, bouncing between each of the different stations and conducting the quarterback session with Warren Moon. How about that for a combo to learn from, even if only for 20 or 30 minutes?
I’ll get into this more down the road, but it’s amazing to me the way people react to Wilson. The simple act of getting their picture taken with him or getting his signature legitimately seemed to make some peoples’ days. I could be making too much of that, but that’s the way it seemed to me, and I watched him sign and take a lot of pictures over the course of five hours or so.
Wilson was joined by, among others, Sidney Rice, Sean McGrath, Winston Guy and Robert Turbin.
Here’s what Wilson had to say about the camp, and he said these things surrounded by a bunch of campers, who came up to him right before his interview for an autograph and who ended up getting in the nightly news:
“This is my joy, man,” Wilson said. “Being able to coach football is something that I love to do. Just being around it all the time. People always tell me to take a break, but when you love something it’s hard to take a break from it…It puts a huge smile on my face.
“To be able to host my own passing academy for kids, my buddy Scott Pickett, he’s my chief business officer for the camp, me and him have been thinking about this since 10th grade, 11th grade. It’s just really important to be here with these kids.”
Wilson also held the camp in Virginia (where he grew up), Wisconsin (where he played for the Badgers), North Carolina (where he played for N.C. State) and in Spokane earlier in the week. The camp will wrap up its first year with a final session in Seattle on Sunday.