Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is getting divorced from his wife of more than two years, Ashton, he announced in a statement Wednesday.
“I have made the difficult decision to file for divorce,” said Wilson in a statement released to media outlets through the NFL team. “Clearly, decisions like these don’t come easy. Ashton and I respectfully ask for prayers, understanding and privacy during this difficult time. Moving forward, I will have no further comment on this personal matter.”
The two had known each other since they attended high school in Richmond, Va., and according to previous stories, began dating while each attended North Carolina State University, where Wilson played quarterback and was on the baseball team. Wilson finished his college career with one season at Wisconsin in 2011.
They were married on Jan. 14, 2012 at The Country Club of Virginia in Richmond, according to a 2012 story in the Richmond Times-Dispatch in a wedding that the newspaper reported featured “a dramatic winterscape of 20 full-size trees” and a “reception for 300 guests soared off the charts as Big Swing and the Ballroom Blasters took to the stage.”
Wilson was selected a few months later in the third round by the Seahawks, and surprised many observers by being named the team’s starting quarterback before the season. He became an almost immediate sensation by leading Seattle to an 11-5 record and a playoff win in 2012, tying an NFL rookie record with 26 touchdown passes.