Sports Illustrated, National Law Journal, DC TV Affiliates and Others Cover Ben Wilson’s Connections with Super Bowl-Bound Nephew Russell Wilson

Sports Illustrated, National Law Journal

Leading up to this weekend's Super Bowl, a number of media outlets have again picked up on Beveridge & Diamond's connection to Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in the form of Managing Principal Ben Wilson. Washington, DC ABC affiliate WJLA Channel 7 and CBS affiliate WUSA Channel 9 spoke about the legacy of excellence Russell’s late father and Ben’s brother, Harrison, instilled in Russell.

Commenting on his nephew’s performance that sealed a second straight trip to the Super Bowl, Mr. Wilson said, “For me, it felt like a gratification that my brother’s son had performed at the very highest level in the most difficult of circumstances and helped his team succeed. My brother would not be surprised. He coached [Russell]. He trained him. He encouraged him. He prepared him for that challenge and Russell was ready. And I believe he’ll be ready Sunday.”

View the complete WJLA Channel 7 interview (2 minutes).

Relating to the impact that Harrison has had on Russell's continued success on the football field, Mr. Wilson told Channel 9, "He's prepared his whole life. He can hear the echoes of my brother saying 'Why not me?' . . . and that's one of the motivations that propelled him to victory this time."

View the complete WUSA Channel 9 interview (3 minutes).

Sports Illustrated also covered Russell's background and how he developed his pursuit of success in an article titled "Where Does It Come From?" Again noting his brother as one of Russell's biggest influences, Ben Wilson said, "A child is not born with a dream in his heart, someone has to suggest it to them. Russell’s father said, ‘Russell you could do this one day. You could be a great baseball player. You could play both sports!’ And Russell believed that. He was an apt pupil.”

The National Law Journal published an article noting the friendly rivalry between Mr. Wilson and Beveridge & Diamond's Boston office in the two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl. Brian Levey, a Principal in the Firm's Wellesley office, noted a wager between Mr. Wilson and Boston's Managing Principal Marc Goldstein: If the Patriots win, Mr. Wilson will have to wear either a Rob Gronkowski or Tom Brady jersey. If the Seahawks win, the Boston office will don Russell Wilson jerseys. Mr. Wilson showed his unwavering confidence in his nephew's team when he said, "We're the defending world champions after all."

Read the full article (subscription required).

The Guardian explores the role that Wilson family patriarchs, including Ben Wilson and his late brother, Russell’s father Harrison, played in shaping Russell’s life and philosophy in an article titled "Race, Loss and the Comeback: When Russell Wilson's Defenses Dropped". 

DC Legal Bisnow also covered the firm’s Seahawks and Patriots loyalties, complete with photos of Ben Wilson and Wellesley Principal Brian Levey in their respective team gear.