After inking the richest contract extension in NFL history, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson surprised his offensive linemen with shares of Amazon stock currently worth $12,000 each. That's about 6 shares of stock for each lineman at today's current price ($1,919 for each share).
6 shares each may not sound like much to millionaire football players who can afford to buy much more. But it's always the thought that counts.
As first reported by TMZ, Russell wrote a letter to his linemen - the guys who protect his billion-dollar arms and legs during games.
"You sacrifice your physical and mental well-being to protect me, which in turn allows me to provide and care for my family," he wrote.
"This does not go unnoticed and it is never forgotten. Now it is my turn to return the favor. I would not be where I am today without you working to be great day in and day out. 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."
Russell's linemen would probably prefer 1,000 shares of Amazon stock. But at today's prices, that would set him back $1.8 million for each lineman.
With a $140 million contract Russell can certainly afford it, but that money would be better spent trying to keep his wife, part-time singer Ciara, happy.
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