Russell Wilson has said several times that he plans to play until his mid-40s.
Wilson, who turns 33 later this month, is in his 10th NFL season.
He told Rob Maaddi in an upcoming episode of the AP Pro Football Podcast that missing three games after finger surgery – the first games he missed in his career – only reinforced his goal.
“I knew I was crazy crazy about the game, but I’m ridiculously obsessed with it,” Wilson said. “That’s why I want to play for more than 20 years. I think the other part you learn about yourself is having patience. At the same time, you have to have a drive. I think that’s such a critical part. The third thing is to (have) unwavering confidence. You don’t want to confuse that with arrogance. It’s strictly confidence in what you do and how you do it and you’ve done it before, and we’ll do it again and with great faith, anything is possible, and that’s really what was very obvious to me on my journey. ”
Wilson, who has returned to start Sunday’s loss against the Packers, has other plans after his playing career. Already a minority owner in Seattle’s Major League Soccer franchise, the Sounders, Wilson wants to own an NFL team.
“I definitely want to play for a long time, but I think once I’m done, I’d like to own an NFL football team and be able to influence a city, a country and just bring people to the game of football,” Wilson said. great on the business side of things and just sports in general. I love winning. I love the winning process. So hopefully I can bring that culture to team and organization. “
In 2018, the Panthers sold hedge fund billionaire David Tepper for $ 2.275 billion. So Wilson probably needs to play as long as he can play to do as much as he can to pay an NFL team.