Stanford signee Anna Wilson discusses how big brother Russell has influenced her

Anna Wilson led Bellevue (Wash.) High School to a state title earlier this month. (Photo: AP)

Anna Wilson led Bellevue (Wash.) High School to a state title earlier this month. (Photo: AP)

CHICAGO—McDonald’s All-American Anna Wilson is headed to Stanford and has represented the USA at the U17 World Championships and starred at Bellevue (Wash.) High School. It turns out achievement runs in the family, as Wilson is the younger sister of Russell Wilson, the Super Bowl-winning quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks.

The resemblance between the two is evident, especially when she smiles. When you look at both Anna and Russell’s Instagram account, you see how proud they are of each other. Anna said she learned from what he has done to accomplish his goals.

“He’s always been really supportive. My whole family’s been really supportive. I’m learning a lot from watching how he grows, and seeing things in the way he works that I can implement in my own work style,” Wilson said.

Her brother was recently engaged to singer Ciara. Anna has accompanied Russell and Ciara on visits to the Seattle Children’s Hospital, and she is a fan of her sister-in-law-to-be.

“She’s pretty cool. She’s really down to earth, and it’s really cool to have someone with her status who is so down to earth,” Wilson said.

Those visits to the hospital, and Sunday’s visit to the Ronald McDonald House with the rest of the All-Americans, have reminded her to be thankful for what she has.

“I’ve gotten a whole different perspective. I think the biggest thing is the experience has been something of an eye-opener,” Wilson said. “Seeing people in that kind of situation, seeing how blessed I’ve been, it’s always made me a little bit more grateful, a little bit more thankful for the opportunities for stuff like this.”

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