Russell Wilson seems to have made an Army serviceman's day Wednesday. The Seattle Seahawks quarterback -- known for his charismatic, good-guy personality -- was apparently traveling on an Alaska Airlines flight when he took it upon himself to upgrade a soldier's seating status to first class.
A Twitter user named Kane Bernas posted early Thursday morning that Wilson pulled him up to first class on a flight to Seattle. It might seem like a tall-tale, but then the superstar, Super Bowl-winning quarterback seemingly confirmed. The exchange plays out like an NFL fan's dream.
Russell Wilson was on my flight back to seattle and he brought me up to first class. Mad respect! #clutch
â€” Kane Bernas (@co_kane144) April 30, 2015
Best flight ever dude!
— Kane Bernas (@co_kane144) April 30, 2015
Judging by Wilson's social media presence, he was certainly on a flight last night. He also posted a picture to Instagram of himself and members of an Alaska Airlines flight crew.
â€” Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) April 30, 2015
It would make sense that Wilson was flying Alaska Airlines and that he would have the pull to bring someone to first class. He holds the position of "Chief Football Officer" for Alaska Airlines, and the company ran a promotion around Wilson and the Seahawks back-to-back trips to the Super Bowl. It even offered a deal for any customer in a Wilson jersey at Seattle/Tacoma airport to receive priority boarding status. So if he wanted to bring a soldier to first class, it would appear he has that power.
Wilson is known as one of the good-guys off the field for the NFL. The quarterback has been an active anti-bullying campaigner and penned a piece against domestic violence in the league. Wilson has said he used to be a bully as a kid, but changed his ways.
"Your actions stay with you forever," Wilson told a group of students about bullying, according to ESPN. "So you want to make sure those actions are something you're proud of in the future."