Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson had a busy offseason. He shook off the most crushing turnover of his career. He got a nice new contract. And he found himself a pretty popular girlfriend.
“She’s a special girl,” Wilson said in an interview with Erin Andrews. “She’s the light of the world.”
So, who exactly is this girl who has the dynamic dual-threat QB so smitten?
Ciara, 29, is a native of Austin, Texas, but with a father in the Army, she lived in Germany, New York, California, Arizona and Nevada. She first entered the national spotlight in 2004 when she released the hit single “Goodies,” which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In her personal life, Ciara has a one-year-old son, Future Zahir Wilburn, with rapper and ex-fiance Future.
As Rolling Stone‘s Stephen Rodrick pointed out, Wilson has taken a liking to the young child:
Wilson lets his faceplate slip only once at camp; it’s when Ciara’s tiny son, Future, shows up with his nanny. Wilson trots to the sideline and takes 10 minutes to roll the kid a ball, play patty-cake and exchange high-fives. It’s a rare unscripted — or seemingly unscripted — moment for Wilson, whose greatest trait as a quarterback is his escapability on the field with defenders and off the field with the media.
It appears he was onto something, because these two have quickly morphed into one of the most popular couples in the NFL.