Since their union, Ciara and Russell Wilson have been admired and viewed as Black love and Black excellence. From how they complement each other on the red carpet to their cute family moments that are often shared on social media, fans have deemed Ciara and Russell goals. They constantly gush about each other in the press and on social media. Who can forget the Denver Broncos quarterback begging the “Level Up” artist for a fourth baby while she was hosting Ellen?
And who can forget Ciara revealing her prayer for landing Russell, which fans have dubbed the Ciara prayer? Not only are they partners in love but they are also partners in business and philanthropy. They opened the Why Not You Academy together in Seattle and have given back to the community on countless occasions. The 2014 Super Bowl champion wrote a love letter to his wife for Sports Illustrated where she modeled for the swimsuit issue and shared what it was like opening the school together.
“When Ciara and I visited during the opening of the school, it was amazing to see how excited the students were to have her there,” she said. “She didn’t just speak to them. She spoke life into them. She told them to write out their goals, to envision what’s next—and then to go out and do it. What struck me was the glow and smiles on the kids’ faces, then and in the moments that followed, when we checked in and had the students share their progress toward reaching their dreams.”
He even shared how inspiring she is and how excited he is to see her bring happiness to others’ lives. “She inspires people because she connects with them. She tilts rooms when she walks into them; it really seems like all the furniture just slides her way,” he said. “Maybe it’s an interaction with a fan, where she’ll suggest they take a selfie together before the fan can even ask. Or it might be a far more serious situation. I remember our first visit to Seattle Children’s Hospital when a mother of a boy who was ill held on to her for a good five minutes without letting go. That’s the kind of woman Ciara is—a ray of light."
Their love makes everyone smile as well as what they say about each other. Here is everything Russell has said about his wife Ciara over the years.
Love at First Sight
In July 2015, Russell participated in a Q&A with The Rock Church in San Diego, and he shared that he was interested in Ciara before ever meeting her. “I told somebody that’s the girl I want to be with before I even met her,” he said. “I was like ‘I’m probably going to end up with Ciara.’ She’s a special girl.”
In the same interview with The Rock Church, the Denver Broncos quarterback opened up about being abstinent from sex. “I asked her, ‘What would you do if we took all that other stuff off the table and did it Jesus’ way, no sex? He explained. “I knew God had brought me into her life to bless her and for her to bless me and to bless so many people with the impact that she has and I have. We’re not going to be perfect, by any means.”
After losing a Seattle Seahawks game, Russell gushed about his wife in a January 2017 Instagram post. “I will forever win bc I get to come home to you every night. The love of my life. I love you. This past year has been full of so much joy & happiness. From getting Married to having our little one on the way, to your constant endless love. I couldn't be more grateful to have you in my life Mrs. Wilson. You make everyday a perfect day. #ForeverGrateful.”
While the Ciara prayer has been widely popular among fans who want to find a love like the singer, Russell shared what his prayer was for finding a wife. In the prayer, he said that he wanted a woman of faith, “a woman who was gonna love me the way that my mom loved my dad when he was on his deathbed” and “a woman who was gonna tilt the room.”
During an appearance on Kevin Hart's Laugh Out Loud radio show, Russell recalled his first date with the “Goodies” singer and the line he used that won her over. "First day we met — and we had been talking for two-and-a-half hours, hanging out — she saw the wallet, sitting on the table. She said, 'What the hell is that? You're losing with that,'" he said. "I put my finger [up] and said, 'First of all, with me, you're never losing.'"
"'Second of all, that wallet, that shows consistency. That's what you're going to get from me. You're going to get somebody who is consistent for you every day. Inside that wallet, there's something that's real in there.'"
The power couple were on the cover of the February 2021 issue of GQ and during the couples quiz, they were asked about their biggest fears. Ciara said her biggest fear was not being prepared, but the Denver Broncos star said his biggest fear was “losing you.”
In the Sports Illustrated issue, Russell also shared how proud he was of his wife and the goals she has been able to reach.
“As you can probably tell, I’m incredibly proud of my wife. And now that she’s on the cover of SI Swimsuit, that’s one more thing for me to take pride in. I know it’s something she’s always wanted. And I know she’ll use the visibility that comes with being on the cover to inspire even more people—not only as a mother and the beautiful angel and the powerful woman that she is, but also as the businesswoman that she is, the fashion icon that she is.”
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