Russell Wilson, You Inspire Me

Hello everyone, welcome to the 26th annual ESPYS awards, where all the best and brightest athletes all come together to showcase their love of sports. Tonight, I have been given the honor to present to you this year’s MVP award. This award is typically bestowed unto the individual as the most valuable player in the entire league for a particular competition or a specific team. Now just because this person has demonstrated high-level performance that doesn’t mean that is the only reason why they are deserving of this title. There are so many more components that go into this decision and I think this year’s nominee has more than demonstrated his talent and character on and off the field and it only is fitting for him to get this award.

His charisma, talent, and humbleness caught my attention when he first joined the Seahawks in 2012 and no other athlete in my eyes could compare. As I have gotten older, I have found myself incorporating so many aspects of his character into my life. Every morning when I wake up I think of a quote that he once said, “I truly believe in positive synergy, that your positive mindset gives you a more hopeful outlook, and belief that you can do something great means you will do something great.” Whenever I read this quote it reminds me to look at life more positively. I guess you can say that it extends outside of the sports world as well. Having that positive mindset set’s you up for success because it “forces” you to put in the effort to do great things. Not because we can but because if you do, you will. Who here wouldn’t aspire to do great things? I think we all at some point in our lives, have wanted to do something great for ourselves and others. That’s the kind of energy I get whenever I hear that quote. It inspires me to create something that changes the world with the people I am surrounded by.

Since he was a kid, he sought to better the world he lived in and even at the top he continues to give back to his community. He created the Why Not You Foundation along with his wife where they seek to empower, motivate, and prepare the youth of today to become the leaders of tomorrow. Donating millions to charities and actively investing his time into creating new ideas that will positively impact people. Not many celebrity athletes take the time to do this but yet this one finds the time to do so and add so much more to it.

When most people hear of Russel Wilson they think of Superbowl Champion quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks, but when I hear his name I think of not only a loving father and a husband but a determined and inspirational individual who devotes his time to bettering the world around him through his love of sports. His willingness to do better has always motivated me to put my best foot forward in everything that I do and not give up. I am more than honored to be able to give the award to the man who has made me the young individual I am today and the one I will be tomorrow and there are no other words that can express my gratitude. With that being said, Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you this year’s Most Valuable Player, Seahawks quarterback Russel Wilson!

Nathan Sarpong – Chicago Lights