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October 3, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Video: Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson talks about his new foundation and Pass the Peace

Thursday, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson made national news by writing a story for Derek Jeter’s new website in which he talked about being a bully and launching a new foundation that will help raise money to stop domestic violence.

Friday, he met the local media to talk more about his foundation and the Pass the Peace campaign.

He did so sporting one of the new Pass the Peace sweatshirts that he said will soon be available to the public.

“It was originally going to be called the Russell Wilson Foundation,” he explained. “I was thinking about it, and I realized—one of the scriptures I’ve kind of been relying on this year is John 3:30, it says “he must increase, but I must decrease”—and I realized I didn’t want my foundation to be about me; it’s about everybody else. My dad used to always ask me the question, ‘why not you? Why not you be a Super Bowl-winning quarterback? Why not you play professional baseball? Why not you get your education?’ So that question motivated me. It’s something that was kind of a kick start to my discipline and my work ethic and everything.”

As for admitting he had been a bully for a time as a kid Wilson said that was “difficult to write.

To tell you guys I was a bad kid growing up, to kind of go in depth about that, you know, I used to have anger issues. I’d get mad all the time,” he said. “But, for me, I’ve been graced with great family, with great people who have encouraged me instead of discouraged me. And that’s what I want to do with the Why Not You Foundation and the Pass the Peace initiative. And the whole idea of The Players’ Tribune, to write that first article, it was kind of, OK, I’m going to step forward and do something. To tag up with Derek Jeter on that and be the first one to tag up with him on The Players’ Tribune is truly special — and an honor for me. I love Derek Jeter, one of the best baseball players to ever play the game but also one of the most well-respected players, too, as well, who gets it right. That’s why everyone calls him ‘The Captain.’ He does it the best.”

Wilson said he met Jeter initially about a year ago and plans to be involved with Jeter’s website began to really come to fruition when they met in Seattle when the Yankees were here for the final time in Jeter’s career in June. Those meetings evolved into Wilson being named a Senior Editor for the site.

“I’m going to be doing some writing,” Wilson said. “I probably won’t be able to write as good as you guys, but I’ll be working on it. The Players’ Tribune thing is a great thing. I’m tagging up with Derek Jeter obviously, we’re tag teaming there and then legendary we’ve been doing some things. It’s a very cool situation. But like I said my focus is on football that’s the ultimate focus is playing great football and trying to win games. I do want to be an entrepreneur, I want to be able to do different things, I’m not just about football. I think I have the power to help others and encourage others. But that’s part of it too as well. I’m a very reserved person for the most part but I do think that being able to step out into that and write articles and to do some videos and do some fun things with Players Tribune which is going to be a great thing for athletes is going to be something truly special.”

Here’s some video of Wilson talking to the media today

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