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Russell Wilson launches "Pass The Peace" campaign to support victims of domestic violence
Russell Wilson used to beat people up. A lot.
How do we know? Because the Seahawks quarterback told us in an editorial for ThePlayersTribune.com - a new website launched by recently-retired New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter - for which Wilson has been named the first "senior editor."
In the site's initial piece, Wilson takes a strong stance on domestic violence, admitting he's far from the "Mr. Goody Two-Shoes" many fans may think he is.
"In elementary and middle school, I threw kids against the wall," Wilson writes of his former self. "I rubbed their heads in the dirt at recess. I bit them. I even knocked teeth out."
By age 14, Wilson says he was saved by his faith and able to start living for others instead of himself.
"As NFL players, we do not play a gentle game," he continues. "But our hits, our anger, our aggressive behaviors need to be regulated and confined to the field."
The League's recent issues with off-the-field aggressive behavior have spurred Wilson to start the "Pass The Peace" campaign to support victims of domestic violence. Through his newly-launched "Why Not You" foundation, Wilson invites individuals to help raise awareness and provide resources for domestic violence victims to get away from their abusers.
"This initiative, this story, is about acknowledging something difficult, something we’d rather not see," Wilson says. "When I look back at beating kids up on the playground, I don’t like that image. But I moved past that place in my life, and I’m proud of the man I am now."
With his "Pass The Peace" initiative, Wilson encourages listeners to make a $2 donation to The National Domestic Violence Hotline and akin to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, call out friends via social media (for Wilson, that's Jeter and Justin Timberlake) to do the same.
"I’m not a perfect person by any means," Wilson says. "I’m just a recovering bully. But if we start being honest about our pain, our anger, and our shortcomings instead of pretending they don’t exist, then maybe we’ll leave the world a better place than we found it. For those of us in the NFL, there’s no excuse for violence off the field."