11th Year Player: Adrienne Wilson

Series Created by Sarah Wolfer – Seattle Majestics Player

ICYMI – Last week the Seattle Majestics Football team launched a series in honor of International Women’s Day. Every Friday, a new story is released that highlights a Majestics Woman who is breaking barriers in sports AND in life. The Seattle Majestics players and coaches come from all walks of lives with varying backgrounds and experiences who are unified by one common goal – Winning the IX Cup in Denver, Colorado this summer.

For this week’s #FootballFriday series, we bring you an impressive woman who has played more seasons with the Seattle Majestics than anyone else – #9 Adrienne Wilson.

Picture taken by Matt Ferris Photography

Adrienne is a Wide Receiver with the Seattle Majestics and is currently in her 11th season. In the past, Adrienne has won All-American and Team USA Honors and this is why she plays:

“I keep playing because I love being involved in a sport where you’re constantly able to learn and get better, regardless of how many years you’ve played.”

I hope you’re ready to be inspired – because here comes your weekly dose!

Tell us about yourself and your journey to become a football player with the Seattle Majestics. How did you get started playing football?

“Growing up, I was always involved in some sort of sport or physical activity.

Basketball…

Softball…

Track…

It didn’t matter what the sport was – if it was competitive I wanted in.

Then, when I moved to the Seattle area many years ago, I reconnected with a friend and former track teammate from Eastern Washington University and she invited me to come try out for the Majestics. I had just started watching the Seahawks a few years prior, and at that point I was still learning the basic football rules. Because of this I was beyond intimidated before the first tryout.

But after it was over I knew I had found my next sport.”

Picture taken by Mykaleen Hiura – Seattle Majestics Player

Why the Seattle Majestics and the WNFC?

“The Seattle Majestics are an organization that understands what it takes to be successful and continue to make strides in providing the best possible environment to not only succeed as an athlete but to succeed as a team. Having played in other leagues, I’m beyond excited to be part of the WNFC, as they’ve already blown me away with what they’ve been able to accomplish in such a short amount of time.”

You can check out more information about the Women’s National Football Conference (WNFC) HERE.

As part of the Women’s National Football Conference, the Seattle Majestics are now sponsored by Adidas through the “She Breaks Barriers” campaign. What do you feel are the biggest barriers facing women in sports today?

“I think one of the biggest barriers women face is getting respect.

It takes no more than 10 seconds of perusing the comment thread on an ESPN article about women’s sports to realize that there’s a huge lack of respect from a ton of different people. However, I do believe there’s a shift happening where more and more female athletes are now getting properly recognized for their talents.”

What do you see as your role in changing that?

“I’ve always been one to want to prove myself and earn respect – playing pick-up basketball with random guys is one example. Once that respect is earned, I believe that it changes their views on female athletes – even if it is just a tiny bit in the right direction.

One example of this happened when I was in high school.

My younger nephew told me “girls can’t play basketball” so I took him outside and played him 1 on 1 and swatted every single one of his shots. Now, that might sound a little mean (and he definitely went in the house crying) but he never said that again. At a young age he had learned to respect all athletes – regardless of gender.”

Based on your own experience, what advice would you give girls growing up today?

“Don’t let anyone define who you are as an athlete.

I can’t stress that enough. Too many people want to put you in a box and limit what you can and can’t do.

Who is your (s)hero and how did/ does she inspire you?  

“I can’t say I really have one. I get inspired by an assortment of people who have shared their football journey through the use of Instagram or Facebook.  A lot of people who inspire me from the women’s football world I don’t even know personally, but somehow I’ve latched on to their growth as a player and it’s really a beautiful thing.”

Picture taken by Matt Ferris Photography

If you want to see Adrienne and the Seattle Majestics in action, you can purchase your tickets HERE. If you aren’t local to the Greater Seattle area, but want to see these amazing women playing football – you’re in luck! The WNFC recently joined forces with USCREEN and announced “WNFCTV.” Check out more information and watch the games live HERE.

Be sure to check in every #FootballFriday for more stories of the amazing women who make up the Seattle Majestics.

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