Russell Wilson Revealed How He Was Prepared To Be a Step-Father

The Super Bowl-winning quarterback opened up about his family life during an appearance on the “I AM ATHLETE” podcast.

NFL quarterback Russell Wilson said that he felt called by God to be the best stepdad he could be.

During an appearance on the “I AM ATHLETE ” podcast, Wison spoke about his intentions to build a blended family upon meeting R&B star Ciara and his soon-to-be step-son Future Zahir, who's father is rapper Future.

"When I walked in the room and I saw, you know, little Future -- he's nine months at the time or whatever -- he crawls in my lap and it was like, you know, this is going to be my responsibility," Wilson explained at around the 57:19 mark. 

"I remember leaving that night and God said, saying to me, 'Raising this child is going to be your responsibility.' I prayed to God, asking 'Are you sure this is what you want me to do?' He said, 'Son, this is for you,” he continued.

When Brandon Marshall, co-host of the podcast, asked him if assuming that level of responsibility was a scary proposition, Wilson admitted that he felt some trepidation. But his faith in God led him to want to be as present as possible for his family.

"Yeah, I think scary in just the sense of, not scary but it was just more so an opportunity, like, 'Ok God, this is what you want me to do?' You know stepping in to raise a child with Ci and this and that and realizing ok God I know she's the one for me but also I'm going to take this responsibility as well...I was ready for that,” Wilson responded.

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"Even Jesus himself, like Joseph, he was a stepdad," he continued. "I was like, 'Ok.' He wasn't biologically his. So ok God, you're going to give me this opportunity to love the way that you were loved, the love that you want us to love."

After meeting in 2015, Wilson and Ciara were married in July 2016. Along with Future Zahir, the couple share three more children: daughter Sienna, 6, son Win, 3, and baby daughter Amora,born in December 2023. 

On the field, Wilson addressed his tumultuous 2023 season and public battles with head coach Sean Payton after being benched for the final two games. While Payton claims the benching was because of Wilson’s performances, it’s been alleged that it was due to a contract dispute with the franchise,

“I got more fire than ever, honestly,” Wilson explained. “Especially over the past two years of what I’ve gone through. Whether it’s in Denver or somewhere else — I hope it’s in Denver. You know, I hope I get to finish there. I committed there. I wanted to be there. I want to be there.”

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