Russell Wilson has been at the forefront of storylines for most of the current NFL season, and this week is no different after social media took to his latest “cringe” television ad.
In his first campaign with the Denver Broncos, the quarterback impresses more with his off-field persona than his playing prowess, which has captured the imagination of the Twitterverse.
Now NFL free agent Will Compton has started the latest assault on Wilson after the emergence of his latest Subway ad.
Russell Wilson has failed to inspire since his arrival in Denver, with the AFC team currently at 2-4
Apparently Wilson leans deeply into the corny brush he is often painted with and teased on social media.
The entertaining campaign prompted Compton to talk to Wilson through his manager, a brazen reference to the recent claim that Seahawks teammates could only reach Wilson that way.
“Holy s***,” Compton wrote on Thursday. “Can you put me through to your manager so we can have a conversation with @DangeRussWilson?”
The former Seahawks star has thrown just five touchdowns and three interceptions this season
The commercial shows Wilson trying various “dangerous” methods of eating a Subway sandwich, also known as a “dangerwich.”
Unsurprisingly, most comments mocked Wilson and referred to his – and Denver’s – disappointing start to a season where many believed they would be battling for the AFC title.
“There’s no way Ciara signed this,” said one user. Another said, ‘this guy is a meme before he’s a QB.’
Wilson’s quarterback game was also not safe from criticism, urging gamblers to “hammer the Jets money line” ahead of New York’s trip to Mile High Sunday.
Twitter users caused the Denver quarterback to be mocked in the wake of the strange ad
While one savage user suggested that Wilson is in his pocket as blindfolded as he was during the Subway commercial.
Wilson did receive some credit for his willingness to dive into the persona, often resulting in widespread ridicule.
“This is great,” wrote one fan. “Haters call him corny and he doesn’t run from it, he leans on it.”
Former teammates Richard Sherman and Marshawn Lynch, who both played with Wilson in Seattle, brought to light just how difficult it can be to get hold of the star quarterback while on Sherman’s self-titled podcast last week.
Some mentioned Wilson’s wife, Ciara, while others expressed admiration and ridicule
Lynch told Sherman that he wanted to “reach” Wilson after his struggles in Denver, to which Sherman cheerfully replied “and then contact him…his manager, his manager.”
Lynch replied ‘man, come on n****. If I can’t call you fuck right away, I won’t call you, especially fuck if I had gone to war with you.’
It’s not the first time this season that Wilson has been criticized for his off-field quirks after NFL personality Kyle Brandt entered the one-time Super Bowl champion after an MNF loss to Indianapolis.
“I think Russell Wilson is one of the least authentic personalities we have in this league,” Brandt told NFL Network earlier this month. “I think Russell Wilson is a poser, and that doesn’t mean he’s a bad person, I actually think he’s a good person.
“I work the NFL honors, I work the red carpet… Russell Wilson shows up with his sunglasses and his wife, and I think they think they’re Jay-Z and Beyonce and they literally raise their hands and say “No, we’re not talking.”
‘Why?! Because you think you’re so cool? And you’re so famous and you’re so amazing and everything is so perfect? That doesn’t work in the locker room unless you’re really good or a really, really good guy.”
“I think he’s trying to be something he’s not,” Brandt continued. “When you make $245 million, you either have to be a great guy in the locker room who loves you, or you have to be a great player.
Brady, who earns half of what Russell earns, is both. Rodgers; MVP. Patrick Mahomes; both. [Josh] all; people love him, he’s great… Russell Wilson; first, the Broncos fanbase has no history with him, they have no loyalty to him.”
Wilson and his wife, Ciara, are often seen at various sporting and lavish celebrity events
Wilson arrived at Mile High with great fanfare after an offseason trade with Seattle. Shortly after, he was awarded a five-year extension worth $245 million from the three-time Super Bowl champions.
With the team holding a disturbing 2-4 record, Wilson is under pressure to recover from a hamstring injury in time for the visit of the resurgent 4-2 New York Jets.
Although anything is possible with Wilson it seems. “I heal quickly, it’s gluttonous blood or something,” he said Wednesday.
NFL Network personality, Kyle Brandt, harassed Russell Wilson for being inauthentic recently