Russell Wilson: "I used to beat people up a lot"


"I used to beat people up. Truthfully, I used to beat people up a lot. Many of you readers probably think I have been Mr. Goody Two-Shoes my whole life, but honestly, I was a bully growing up. In elementary and middle school, I threw kids against the wall. I rubbed their heads in the dirt at recess. I bit them. I even knocked teeth out." — Russell Wilson

That's Russell Wilson at The Players' Tribune, the new "athletes unfiltered" venture from the newly retired Derek Jeter. Wilson was named Senior Editor on Thursday, but more importantly, he's published this eye-opening post titled "Let's Talk About It." He discusses his anger as a young teenager, how he used his faith to cope with it and how nobody will be able to if we don't speak out and be frank with ourselves. It's pretty easy to roll eyes when athletes take on societal issues like this, but this is a commendable, stark post by Wilson -- that "Goody Two-Shoes" line is pretty hilariously spot-on. Count one for Jeter and The Players' Tribune.