In the Oct. 14 post, Russell referenced Jay-Z’s 2003 classic “99 Problems” in honor of his initiation to the 99 Club in Madden NFL ’21. He shared his announcement by insinuating that Win(ning) was never a problem for him: “99 problems but Win ain’t one.” #99Club.”
EA Sports, the developer of the hugely popular Madden NFL video game series, describes the Madden 99 Club as “an exclusive tier of NFL talent that represents the highest level of video game prestige, reserved solely for earned and maintained excellence on the field.” (The 99 represents the highest rating a player can achieve in the video game.)
Russell has passed for 19 touchdowns and 1,502 yards while leading his team to a 5-0 start this season, which by this week made him a no-brainer for inclusion on the exclusive Madden list. Russell’s addition made him just the sixth NFL player added to the 99 Club this season, and his wife was proud of him.
Ciara also shared the same photo and congratulated Russell on his monumental season so far. “I got 99 problems but WIN ain’t one 🥰 So proud of you @DangeRussWilson for being inducted into the #99 Club. I love you so much 3. You’re 1 of 1. 🐐🐐🐐.”
While some fans congratulated the 31-year-old on his latest accolade, others were blindsided by how precious Win looked in the photo and his uncanny resemblance to his father.
“You are just kind of winning at life right now. In every way.”
“🐐🐐 99 club lets go, and cute baby.”
“Ciara who????? Russell Wilson said copy and paste.”
“Definitely his daddy’s twin 😍😍😍.”
“It’s the features for me 😩 #Cuteness.”
An hour before the initial photo Russell shared on his Twitter account, his friend and teammate Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf surprised him with the news of this latest honor while Russell was working on his radio show “DangerTalk.”
“When your boy @dkm14 surprises you and lets you know you’re in the @EAMaddenNFL#99Club while you’re on the phone with Ken Griffey Jr for @dangertalk. Dream come true!!! To every kid in the world, WHY NOT YOU!” At the end of the video the father of three disclosed how grateful he was for the opportunity of a lifetime. “99 club let’s go what a blessing man I’m sitting here and thinking about it, God is good I’m grateful for the opportunity, I’m grateful for all my teammates too. All the hard work it pays off. Let’s go baby 99 club. Dream come true.”
To many people, including Russell, he has been winning a lot in life. But the thing he is most proud of is his family of Ciara and their three kids Future Zahir, Sienna Princess, and Win. Back in September while the family was taking portraits he let his 4.7 million followers know that his heart will always be them. He captioned the post, “My All.”
The post generated over 263,000 likes.