It's hard not to root for guys like Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. He's a superstar on the NFL field and an even better man off it. What his family continues to do during this unprecedented time across the globe proves how valuable they are to the community.
In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19 outbreak, Washington state has been hit hard. As of April 7, there were over 8,600 cases and 409 deaths reported, according to The New York Times. The entire Wilson family is stepping up to the plate to make a difference.
When the pandemic started, Wilson and his wife Ciara donated 1 million meals with the Seattle Food LifeLine on social media. Now, Wilson's mom, Tammy Wilson, is helping set up health care facilities and portable hospitals in the Seattle area to help out.
Russell Wilson's Mom Building Portable Hospitals
Seattle superstar Russell Wilson grew up in Richmond, Virginia, where his mother was an emergency room nurse and always "in the midst of the fire." So using her expertise, she is helping put facilities to provide relief for local hospitals.
According to The News Tribune, two field hospitals were recently built in Seattle. One is on a turf soccer field in Shoreline. The other is at the CenturyLink Field Events Center next to the Seahawks' stadium.
Wilson joined Mike Tirico on NBC Sports' Lunch Talk Live to talk about his mother's efforts.
"My mom is in Seattle right now, and she's helping build, basically, these portable hospitals, in a way, in and around the community in Seattle, so people can check for coronavirus and everything else...There are so many people that are doing that. I think about all of the people I've been able to meet, the nurses and the doctors, it's a real thing. Those people on the front lines, sacrificing their lives potentially, those are true heroes. Those people make the difference and whatever we can do to help is what we're always thinking about."
Until football returns, the Seahawks QB is working out at home during social distancing in order to get ready to help Seattle compete in the NFC for another shot at a Super Bowl.
He's going to continue to help and inspire others while he can, too.