Apparently, Russell Wilson added a new job to his already-lengthy resume this week: Senior Editor of Derek Jeter’s new website The Players’ Tribune. The website is a forum for athletes to share their voice without editorial interference from mass sports media. Wilson’s inaugural entry focuses on the domestic violence problem in the NFL, including the announcement of his own “Why Not You Foundation” and a plea to make a $2 contribution to the National Domestic Violence Hotline. However, the most eye-opening part of Wilson’s piece is an admission that he was actually the aggressive bully on the playground during his formative years:
I used to beat people up. Truthfully, I used to beat people up a lot. Many of you readers probably think I have been Mr. Goody Two-Shoes my whole life, but honestly, I was a bully growing up. In elementary and middle school, I threw kids against the wall. I rubbed their heads in the dirt at recess. I bit them. I even knocked teeth out.
I had a lot of anger that I didn’t know what to do with. Thankfully, I was saved by my faith when I was 14 years old, and was able to start living for others instead of just myself. But if you’ve ever been at the bottom of a pile with me, you know that I still have a bit of that bully deep down inside — just ask DeMarcus Ware — and I work hard to keep it there.