It's been a wild and wonderful ride for Russell Wilson and his wife, Ashton Wilson, who now get to enjoy the unlikely and remarkable spectacle that is the NFL Super Bowl.
It's right around this time that quarterbacks fortunate enough to have been drafted onto an NFL team might get their footing and figure this entire professional football guff out.
Wilson is leading the Seahawks to the Super Bow in just his second year in the league.
Staying grounded is just one of the many things Ashton Wilson (formerly Ashton Meem) spoke about with KIRO's Tom and Curley this past November. That discussion was then reported and transcribed by MyNorthwest.com's Jamie Skorheim.
As Skorheim writes, the two met in high school and have been together to experience what is a relatively sudden emergence of fame and success.
Wilson sounds off on just how quickly things have escalated: "We've experienced the sport, but not at this level." Wilson continues, "It's hard to remember that we just got here a year and a half ago."
That moment was the 2012 NFL Draft, when the Seahawks took the versatile athlete with a third-round pick (No. 75 overall). If you recall, Ashton was quite taken with the news that Wilson was indeed headed to the NFL.
That would be putting it mildly, because he was set to become one of the more exciting young quarterbacks in the league, passing for over 6,000 yards in just his first two seasons while also passing for 26 touchdowns in each of those campaigns.
The important part for the Wilsons, and one that is hardly news when you consider how well liked the quarterback is in the league, is they try their best to stay grounded.
Here is what Ashton had to say:
Honestly, we just try to keep our home life as normal as possible. We just try and keep it real, realize what my husband does is a job, it can change at any minute, and what really matters is we don't change no matter what changes around our environment.
In November, Ashton sat down with KING-5's New Day to discuss how the couple was getting situated in their new surroundings.
One of the best parts is Ashton explaining that her unforgettable reaction to the great news her husband was drafted was all because, well, she was being herself.
And so it goes for a couple of high school sweethearts who have gone through some amazing highs so early in their lives.
There isn't an ounce of ego to be had between either of them. Instead, you get the sense they are two grounded individuals who are just going to sit back, hold on and try to enjoy the ride without letting any amount of it change who they have always been.