Russell Wilson Says Recovery Water Healed His Head Injury from NFC Title Game

Dan Carson@@DrCarson73Trending Lead WriterAugust 26, 2015

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Rolling Stone's Stephen Rodrick published a lengthy feature on the life and mind of one Russell Wilson on Tuesday.

It's a good read, as Rodrick does a great job of noticing details and seeing how they jibe with the Seattle Seahawks quarterback's reputation as a compulsive hard worker with prodigious patience and a doggedly positive mindset in all things.

The story also brings to light Wilson's almost manic dedication to the brands in his life. 

At one point in the story, Rodrick mentions a moment where Wilson claimed Reliant Recovery Water—a sports recovery drink in which he is a personal investor—helped him recover from a head injury he suffered while playing the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game in January.

UPDATE: August 27

Wilson cleared the air regarding his comments about Reliant Recovery Water on Thursday, per MyNorthwest.com's Brady Henderson.

Russell said his words in the Rolling Stone feature were "perceived wrong," and clarified that he didn't believe the water healed a head injury, but that it soaked into his brain and prevented it from happening in the first place.

"What I was trying to say was that I think it helped prevent it," Wilson said. "I think your brain is consisted of like 75 to 80 percent water. I think that just being hydrated, drinking the Recovery Water really does help."

As for that hit from Clay Matthews in the NFC Title game, Wilson says it wasn't a concussion and that he also thinks the water has recuperative benefits.

"But no, I did not have a concussion," Wilson said. "I was saying that I had been consistently drinking the water for a month, month and a half, five to seven times a day, and I was like, 'Man, maybe this stuff is helping me out.' So it's one of those things that I truly do believe it helps with recovery."

So Wilson doesn't seem to think the water is actually a quick-acting cure, but rather a watery buffer inside your brain casing that helps with blunt force trauma and might also aid in recovery.

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"I banged my head during the Packers game in the playoffs, and the next day I was fine," Wilson said. "It was the water."

Rodrick notes that Wilson's agent, Mark Rodgers, quickly interrupted and made it clear that there were no proven medical properties to the water.

"Well, we're not saying we have real medical proof," Rodgers said. 

Wilson remained convinced, though.

"I know it works," Wilson continued. "Soon you're going to be able to order it straight from Amazon."

As for that head injury suffered against the Packers, you may remember it yourself.

Granted, you probably don't recall it as Wilson banging his head as much as almost having it cleaved from his shoulders by Clay Matthews.

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That's the hit Wilson says his nanobubble water cured: a near public decapitation that all but certainly left Wilson concussed, though he was never put through the league's concussion protocols.

So it appears the NFL will have to join Wilson on the recovery-water train. If it does what the man says it does, well, goodbye head trauma forever!

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