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Wednesday Round-Up: Russell Wilson Makes ESPN’s ‘World Fame 100’ List

Good morning, 12s.

Here’s a look at what’s ‘out there’ for today – Wednesday, March 20 – about your Seattle Seahawks:

No Surprise Here

Are you surprised to see Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson on ESPN’s ‘World Fame 100’ list? We’re not. And you’re probably not either. Wilson has continued to show not only the 12s, but the world, that he is a star on and off the field.

The Super Bowl XLVIII champion sits at No. 77 on the list amongst other professional athletes from a wide range of sports such as cricket, soccer, and snowboarding. After the season he had in 2018 with 35 recorded touchdowns and a passer rating of 110.9, there’s really no surprise that he is one of the eight American football players to make the list.

Quarterback Russell Wilson gets his turn to holds\ the Lombardi Trophy amid the falling blue and green confetti.

This is the fourth year that ESPN has created this list with the intention of ranking the biggest names in sports. ESPN.com says that in order “to identify the 100 most famous athletes in the world, we started with 800 of the biggest names in sports, drawn from 78 countries. We then ranked them based on a formula that took into account three fame factors: Search Score, Endorsement Dollars, and Social Media Followers.”

The three metrics used to rank each athlete are further broken down on the webpage for ‘World Fame 100.’ Search score measures how often a name is searched on Google, using a weighted average of an athlete’s Google Trends peak score and his/her average score. The statistic of endorsement dollars is pulled from a variety of sources ranging from Forbes to ESPN contributors. The last metric of social media followers is pretty self-explanatory, however ESPN clarifies that the number is taken from their most popular account.

Russell Wilson is introduced as pyrotechnics announce his entrance to the 12s at CenturyLink Field.

Wilson scored a search score of three, endorsements of $10M, and a social following of 5.4M, most likely taken from his Twitter account. He moved up from being No. 81 in last year’s list to No. 77 this year. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll was quoted when talking about Wilson, “Good or bad, he doesn’t care, he can go right back to focus in incredible consistent fashion. I can’t imagine anybody being able to do it any better than that.” Does this get you excited for the 2019 season? It sure makes us look forward to what the future holds for the Seattle icon.

Social Post Of The Day

Today’s ‘Social Post of the Day’ comes from the Seattle Mariners, as they celebrate their 9-7 win over the Oakland Athletics at the 2019 MLB season opener in Tokyo, Japan.

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