- Seattle Seahawks star Russell Wilson and Aston Meen started dating in high school
- She twice transferred universities to be with him during his college career and they married in 2012
- Her overly enthusiastic reaction to the Seahawks drafting Wilson in 2012 famously went viral
- Wilson, 25, guided the Seahawks to a crushing victory in February’s Super Bowl and he is now predicted to go on and earn $100 million
- However under the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement his salary next season will only be $662,434
By David Mccormack
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Quarterback Russell Wilson who starred in the Seattle Seahawks’ Super Bowl win in February is divorcing his wife after just two years of marriage.
Wilson, 25, met Aston Meen in high school in Richmond, Virginia, and she twice transferred university to be with him during his college career.
Wilson made the announcement in a statement released by the Seahawks on Wednesday. ‘Clearly, decisions like these don’t come easy,’ he said. ‘Ashton and I respectfully ask for prayers, understanding and privacy during this difficult time.’
The young Super Bowl-winning quarterback also noted that he would not be commenting further on the situation.
The couple had been together since high school. Meem originally attended the University of Georgia, but then transferred to North Carolina State, where Wilson was playing at the time.
When Wilson transferred to the University of Wisconsin, Meem moved with him.
They married in April 2012 after he finished his college career and before he was drafted by the Seahawks. The couple had been visible at Seahawks events for his first two seasons in the league.
Meem infamously got a brief taste of the national spotlight during the 2012 NFL draft when her enthusiastic reaction to the news that the Seahawks had drafted Wilson went viral.
In a November interview with King 5 in Seattle, she described what was going through her mind at that moment.
‘The thing of it was, we had a camera crew in [Wilson’s house] all day with us, and I guess I was a little bit newer to that style of filming,’ Meem said.
‘So I thought they were gonna be like, “okay, ready, and you’re on.” They just kept flashing back and forth to us, and I was like, I’m gonna just enjoy this and be myself. And then the moment came, and I guess that’s the reaction I had.’
Wilson led Seattle to a dominating 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII and is now predicted to become a $100million brand.
The 25-year-old star is expected to be offered a contract featuring a nine-figure sum over the next few years – with further money-making opportunities off the field.
Despite only being third-round draft pick on his first contract, Wilson is already one of the NFL’s most marketable players – with current endorsement deals including Nike, Alaska Airlines, EA Sports and Levi’s.
Last year, his jersey was the league’s second best seller – succeeded only by that of Peyton Manning, who makes more than $5million off the field each year.
However, Wilson will be forced to wait at least a year for his predicted wealth.
The star, who is represented by Mark Rodgers, of Frontline Athlete Management, is tied into his $662,434 salary for this year under the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement, which states that rookie contracts cannot be renegotiated until three seasons have passed.
On the other hand, Wilson completed 72 per cent of his throws for 206 yards and two touchdowns – with 26 yards rushes on three carries.
But despite his stunning performance, he failed to win the Super Bowl MVP award, which was handed to linebacker Malcom Smith.
Video: Russell Wilson’s wife reacts to his 2012 drafting by the Seattle Seahawks