Somewhere at the bottom of a pile of NFL free-agency-related jokes lay Russell Wilson and Ciara, who Wednesday on Twitter and Instagram announced their much-anticipated engagement.
It launched endless speculations on social media about the imminent conclusion of their avowed chaste relationship, as well as whether the engagement ring is the size of Monaco or merely worth as much.
The Seahawks quarterback and the pop singer have been dating for more than a year, sharing snippets of their life together on social media. Wednesday was no exception:
She said Yes!!!
Since Day 1 I knew you were the one. No Greater feeling… #TrueLove @Ciara pic.twitter.com/qsufVC6snm
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) March 11, 2016
No wedding date was forthcoming for Wilson and Ciara Princess Harris of Austin — website here, in case you didn’t know what most of her looked like — but it will likely be the social media event of the season.
Aside from word of nuptials for nationally known celebrities, the announcement drew more attention because of Wilson’s claim last summer in a video interview that the couple was abstaining from sex until marriage.
In a July interview at the Rock Church in San Diego with pastor Miles McPherson, a former NFL player Wilson, unprompted, volunteered that he and God had spoken and was inspired to suggest that the couple abstain:
“She was on tour, she was traveling. I was looking at her in the mirror. She was in the dressing room getting ready to go before she went on stage, and she was sitting there, and God spoke to me and said, ‘I need you to lead her.’ And I was like, ‘Really?’ And he was like, ‘No, I want you to lead her.’ So I told her, ‘What would you do if we took all of that extra stuff off the table and just did it Jesus’ way?’ And she was relieved.’”
He went on to claim it was not easy: “I ain’t going to lie to you all now,” he said, to laughter of the audience at the church. “I need you all to pray for us. I know you’ve seen her on the screen. If there’s a 10, she’s a 15.”
The interview prompted some wonder by skeptics about whether Wilson’s transcript of the God talk was accurate. But the couple survived Wilson’s candor about their intimate life together, and considering it was more insight than Wilson provides about football games, most sports fans gave him a pass.
Congratulations to the happy couple, and in the bling contest between Ciara’s engagement ring and Wilson’s Super Bowl ring, take Ciara and give the points.
There is a LOT you can do before intercourse, as we all know. They have been having a great time, I’m sure.
Now they can just go for the home run.
He was a .224 hitter in the minors. Stick to the football analogies.
Ok change that to “the long bomb for 6!”
Okay change that to “the long bomb for 6!”
Headline of the Week!
I’m just gonna go out on a shakey limb here and say that this “we don’t do it” stuff is strictly for public image consumption. Remember this? (And if you’re lucky, you won’t.)
Dateline 2008: “Britney Spears’ mother says she was “not that innocent.” Her daughter lost her virginity to a high school football player when she was 14. She admits she allowed her then 16-year-old daughter to sleep with Justin Timberlake, and went along with the hoax that Britney was a virgin.”
I’ve gotta go take a shower now. I feel so Dirrty. Oh, wait — that was Christina Aguilera.
Why am I not surprised you could scrape the barrell’s bottom a little deeper than me?
I’m going to cling to my boyish naiveté. My sixtieth birthday is months away. Russell Wilson is the same age as my youngest daughter who got her doctorate – three months before her 25th birthday – from one of the top ten Audiology programs in the country (UW). She and her husband are going to own and run two audiology clinics in Texas before she turns 28. Personal sacrifice can bring success, and Russell Wilson has already proved he has the work ethic and focus to succeed. I believe him.
Congrats for your kids, Ray. Regardless of his conversations with deities, RW has done his football stuff well. He’s free to do as he pleases in his spare time.
This is probably your hardest hitting story yet Art!
Art …why..this story really? Do u have a pact with the Devil or TMZ? This is leading us down a path which sports news has no business going. Lord help ya!
and yet you’re here eating it up with a spoon…
The Lord gave up pon me long ago.
Every other media platform went with the story. When an NFL QB gets engaged to a pop diva, it qualifies as news. The proof is that you read it.
Art..I read your stuff and in Junior High we would argue who was the best sports columnist Steve Kelley or Art Theil. The PI or the Times. It is a habit. Yet I was hoping the self promotion of athletes personal lives would stay there ..in their personal lives. Now it is like athletes( Russell Wilson) beg for attention until they want to hide from it. Such as a cough cough ..a divorce. Then they ask for people to respect their privacy.
Now this is not even close to Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio which must of been news highlights for the few months they were married. Ciarra who?
Is there where I insert joke about Russell ‘leading her to the 1’, just before throwing a pick?
I guess you did.
Huh? A header usually reserved for a rag! Exciting day at the office Art?
Have to entertain myself occasionally.
I can appreciate that.
what does the big j have to say about days of future past?