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‘You Are Really That Man’: Ciara Celebrates Russell Wilson’s Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award with a Loving Post

Ciara honored her husband Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson‘s 2020 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award by sharing a sweet post on Feb. 7. The Man of the Year Award is given to a player that shows “outstanding community service activities off the field, as well as excellence on it.”

The singer said, “You’re the most selfless, loving, & caring person I know. Your heart, dedication, and commitment to taking care of others is truly what sets you apart. It’s one of the most beautiful and attractive things about you!” 

Ciara congratulates Russell Wilson on his 2020 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award by sharing a loving post on social media. @ciara/Instagram

She continued by telling her doting husband how proud she is of his contributions to the world and his family. “I’m so proud of you and to be a part of your great mission to impact others! Proud to call you my Husband. Proud of the Father you are to our children. Proud of the Man you are to our family. I love you so much @DangeRussWilson! Congratulations on the Walter Payton MAN OF THE YEAR AWARD Babe! You really are That Man!”

Wilson shared a similar post on his Instagram account with the caption “Love Changes Things.”

Russell Wilson’s Man of the Year trophy. (Photo: @ciara/Instagram Story screenshot)

Wilson’s — and Ciara’s — charity contributions included donating a million meals last year to a local food bank to help those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Hours following the initial post, the “Level Up” singer continued to commemorate the special moment by sharing a recording of Wilson talking about how proud his father, Harrison Wilson III, would have been. Harrison, who played football and baseball in college, died in 2010 at 55 of diabetes complications. 

Wilson said as he admired the award, “This is a pretty amazing award. To be able to win this, I know my dad would be proud. … I know my dad would be super proud.”

He continued by mentioning how a former Seattle Seahawks player won the same award previously. “I think the last person who won this for the Seattle Seahawks, I think there’s only been one. I think it was Steve Largent in ’86 or ’87 or something like that — [while still recording, Wilson was corrected about the year the former All-Pro wide receiver Largent won the award] in 1989. What a blessing this is. I just thank everybody that’s been there for me throughout the days, hard days and good days.”

Wilson concluded his speech by saying, “To be able to win this is pretty special. I’m pretty fired up.” 

As the new Man of the Year winner, Wilson will receive $250,000 to donate to any charity of his choice. 

Wilson, who was selected NFC Offensive Player of the Month in September, capped a season of accolades with the Man of the Year trophy. The seven-time Pro Bowl player was picked for the 99 Club in Madden NFL ’21 — the highest level of video game prestige for an NFL player — last October after his hot start to the season, and he celebrated the news then by sharing a picture of his infant son Win Harrison Wilson wearing a Gucci ensemble. 

He wrote as his caption while referencing Jay-Z’s hit song “99 Problems”: “99 problems but Win ain’t one. Madden #99Club.”

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