Russell Wilson's gift for Seahawks offensive linemen: $12K in Amazon stock

Jack BaerYahoo Sports Contributor

Russell Wilson finally has his $140 million contract extension and is now the highest-paid player in the NFL. To thank the linemen who protected him along the way, Wilson reportedly spent more than six figures on a somewhat peculiar gift.

There is, of course, a rich tradition of quarterbacks and running backs giving their blockers expensive gifts: watchesATVscustom footballstelevisionscoatscoolersguns. This might be a new one, though.

Russell Wilson’s Amazon gift

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Wilson gave all 13 of the Seattle Seahawks offensive linemen $12,000 in Amazon stock, according to TMZ. The total value of the gift: $156,000.

With Amazon’s stock price currently hovering around $1,800, that $12,000 should roughly work out to around six or seven shares for each lineman.

Wilson’s gift came with a rather intense letter thanking the linemen for sacrificing their “physical and mental well-being” to protect the quarterback and saying he wanted to give them a gift that would last.

"When I sat down to think of ways to honor your dedication a dozen different ideas came to mind. Some were flashy, some were cool, but I wanted to give you something that had a lasting impact. Something that would affect the lives of you, your family, and your children."

Protecting Russell Wilson has paid dividends for the Seahawks' offensive linemen. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Protecting Russell Wilson has paid dividends for the Seahawks' offensive linemen. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Wilson then said that he had arrived at Amazon stock as he believed the company was one that “will grow and change the world.”

"One of the ways I prepare is by investing in companies and ideas that I believe will grow and change the world,” Wilson wrote. “One of these companies is Amazon."

Wilson probably didn’t have to consult too many experts to arrive at the Seattle-based Amazon as a place to invest. Thanks to its capturing of a massive chunk of the U.S. retail market, the rise of Amazon Web Services and investments in areas like video streaming, Amazon has seen its stock price rise six-fold in the past five years and currently has a market capitalization of around $1 trillion.

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