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.

Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Why did you choose that picture? Lol. I can't.

  • Coy little wink

    Why Amazon?

    Auntie why is it taking so long to get our gif uploading capabilities back? I'm suffering from withdrawal...

    I still see porn spammers why aren't they blocked like we are

  • EasyBreezy

    Michael Vick: "Why didn't I think of that??

    FuCha: "I am sick of hearing about this goodie two-shoes."

  • Rayne

    I love them ? I wish every woman had a chance with a goodt clean wholesome man like ours. (Russell that is?)

  • KLove

    LOL @ part time singer

  • WutizstillHERE!

    Shade on through Sandra..shade oooon through...

  • Let them eat cake

    i cant take that photo geez...

  • Fire & Ice

    His lineman are not that good. Maybe this is to encourage them to do better ?

  • Cheese eggs

    Good job Russell.....

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Go Russell!

    It was too smart coming from a black baller, a Rolex watch, that they can relate to and receive!

    It’s refreshing seeing positive news about Black Celebrities, Entertainers, Politicians, and a Black Family Man!

    Even tho, we exist in the millions, being approximately 40 million, 1 million incarcerated, leaving millions of hard working, level headed, fully vested with sizable 401K Plans, income property revenues, entrepreneurs, retirement plans, insurance annuities, etc. Black Men!

  • Rayscoty

    Where is Future shares?

  • Yoni7

    He's letting him keep his lil punk a$$ c-support money.

  • Yoni7

    Yeen chit! LOL

  • tia

    Well, that's better than pieces of jewelry or cars, etc. you can't go wrong with stocks.

  • Yoni7

    Way to go, Russ! #build #giveback #invest

  • xxxgracious

    I just got to my mom's salon. I read this article and said aloud "Why can't I find my Russell Wilson?" and my mama just screamed, "CAUSE YOU AINT SUPPOSE TO FIND HIM, HE'S SUPPOSE TO FIND YOU DINGBAT"....I'm going to remain quiet for the rest of the day now lol.

  • morenYAHdelsur

    I like these people.

    Their faces are funny af though ?

  • Shamwow

    It’s the thought that counts though. Many people get blessed and pay people dust. He didn’t have to give them anything but he did anyway. This is very kind of you Russell. Keep up the good work Russ.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Yup.. His offensive-line is so-so, but they have been getting better. One website I saw had them ranked 17th last season, up from 29th the year before, so that's a nice improvement.

  • the guest

    "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 is why Ciara is content, and blessed.

  • justlooking

    This is awesome. Now that's the kind of colleague I want to be and have.

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  • Vonn

    That's a smart gift. My kind of man.

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  • Bashi22

    Awesome I am going ask for some money to start a business too

  • IAmLegend

    Future owns shares in Lean

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  • Faithz

    They are doing the Dang thing, and in
    such a good way.

  • Hazel

    I'm guessing he gifted shares to avoid paying capital gains! Still a nice gift, but being a financially literate person, I would find it condescending unless he is somehow aligned with Amazon....I'll take cash and make my own stock picks, thank you very much. Still much better than a depreciating asset.

  • Zeta Aggie

    That’s the annual gift exclusion amount, the limit you can give to an individual without filing a gift tax form.

    That’s why it’s limited to $12k.

    You only pay capital gains when it’s sold.

  • Coffee1st

    To me, this gesture was borne out of his love for his family. At some point, he musta been doing some serious reflection. And instead of patting himself on the back, he became overwhelmed with humility and gratefulness. I say this cuz ppl these days, broke or otherwise, aren't too keen on those two.
    I'm sure the players with the same heart were very appreciative.

  • WhoKnew

    Future shares are at the sperm bank. Pewn, pewn, pewn, spitting out more babies than he can afford.

  • stav

    Not impressed with him doing this for grown men that can afford their own Amazon stock being as though they are millionaires , had he done this for people at the Job and family service office then I would have given him props.

  • Rayne

    Now you already know how I feel about “our” man. ??

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    Awwww heeee Sandra, "Part-time Singer!"

  • morenYAHdelsur

    LMAO it’s so funny. Their faces are not here for the foolishness.

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    Like a retired teacher like Me!!!

  • Roderick2011

    I take it you don't mind Cici visiting you to discuss her husband.

  • Decked Out

    I literally, "Laughed Out Loud"

  • Seldomseen

    What a wise woman

  • Trace da Ace

    Well I for one, give him credit for doing that. Most folks don't realize that it takes a team to get it done....and he is showing his appreciation and gratefulness for his team. This speaks volumes for him. True his teammates makes money too....but a gesture to show that you see them and appreciate them...means more than money.....nothing wrong with that.

  • Trace da Ace

    lmao!!!! I know I don't know your mom....but I love her!!!! Everything she said was on point (the dingbat was funny cause my mom say that to my kids when they be on one).....but mom dukes.....she gets it!!!

  • Trace da Ace

    lmao!!!! why did I make the noise when I read "pewn, pewn, pewn".....lmao....

  • Fire & Ice

    That's definitely an improvement. Maybe this is to further encourage them to do better.

  • SpillyNillie

    I'm sure Russell did this because he felt it was the right and/or kind thing to do. Hopefully he won't take everyone's opinion to heart b/c you can't please everyone...CLEARLY

  • Evillene

    We see you, Auntie. Green is not your color.

    "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."

    That is the least flattering picture you could find of CiCi...and she's still gorgeous, and now, RICH as f*ck, happier than sunshine and on her way to being a "no-time" singer. Work is a thing of the past for her. She could leave him today, with $35mil in her pocket plus regular child support. Gurl is not winning, she has WON!!!! I always knew she'd be somebody one day :-)

  • Evillene

    Well, she's tryin it...but Ciara is now officially shade-proof.


    No matter what you do, SOMEBODY ain't gonna be happy with you and will find fault in whatever you do or say. How thoughtful. The Lord loves a good steward! #TEAMWILSON He didn't have to, but he did! I'm sure the recipients are grateful and that's all that matters. Haters gonna hate!

  • Panther Charleston

    I love him. He is SO thoughtful!

  • GeekGirl627

    Wow I just love these two!

  • GeekGirl627

    "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." Well he DID buy her masters for her so that's a start lol...

  • Rent em Spoons ?????????

    This is a NFL ritual , anytime a top QB gets paid he gifts his line , the ones that protected him all year.

  • GeekGirl627

    You'd be surprised at the many grown men/ballers who still aint got chit and they are humbly grateful for this gift. I'm sure he gives to those that you have mentioned as well.

  • stav

    Right, and teachers that are currently working!

  • stav

    The bottom line is the minimum wage for the NFL is over 400k, again men that can afford to purchase their own stocks.

  • WhoKnew

    LMAO with you!!!

  • MNjumpoffacliff

    He is an awesome person who does alot for people other than his teammates the hospital and the children in it where he lives for one benefits from his kindness.

  • Logan Roberts

    Russell didn't owe them shyt, so I'm pretty sure they're grateful. I love a giving heart ?

  • lilli lilian

    They got those "it's too early for this," faces

  • L. Thompson

    Ciara has sold millions of records, made millions of dollars, won awards, received platinum and gold plaques. Endorses products like Revlon and Pandora. Graced magazine covers like Cosmopolitan, Vogue and on the current cover of InStyle. Has licensed Level Up to ESPN, and Nissan. Is set to perform at this year's BBMAs on May 1st. Has met and married the man of her dreams. Has 2 beautiful kids. Has beautiful houses in Seattle, L.A., San Diego and a vacation home in Mexico. Owns her own Masters. Owns her own Record Label, Beauty Marks Entertainment. Has traveled the world many times over. Ciara is living a blessed life, and Sandra your still running this same tired blog, still miserable and still ugly on the inside and outside.

  • Look@m3

    He will always be blessed because he seem to always be a blessing to others. I like him. Good Job Ci Ci

  • Rayne

    Roderick... respect our ‘lationship plee!

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  • Marilyn Taylor

    Sandra always trying to put Ciara down!

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