Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is known for giving back to the community.
He regularly visits children in hospitals, meets with young fans and raises money to fight cancer.
Wilson also likes to answer fan mail live on Facebook in segments he calls "Fan Mail Fly-by.
Wilson was reading letters on Tuesday, Sept. 20, when he came across one from a Tucson mother.
Alisa Frankland Celentano wrote to the quarterback about a year ago to ask for help with her son Brady.
The fifth grader has dreams of becoming a professional football player and often questions, but doesn’t seem to understand why he needs to do well in school.
“I was really just at my wits end with this kid trying to get him to want to be involved in school, want to do his homework, want to learn, and he had no interest in part of it,” Celentano said. “I have tried everything and I thought maybe since Russell Wilson was his favorite player that he looks up that maybe there was a shot in the dark that I might get through to him.”
Celentano asked Wilson to help encourage Brady to focus on his schoolwork as much as he does on football.
Instead of sending an email or Tweet, Wilson picked up his phone and called the family.
Unfortunately, no one answered, so Wilson left a surprising voicemail on Celentano’s cell phone Tuesday.
However, mom and son didn’t get to hear the message until Wednesday:
"I was very similar to Brady in that all I thought about was football," Wilson said. "I want to encourage him to stay focused on his education because it means so much. I love the game of football. I loved playing baseball, but what was really important was to put all the same energy into my school work. I knew, athletic I could play ball but the important thing was to give myself an opportunity just in case I could never play again. I could always have my education."
Even though it’s a message Brady’s mom has been repeating over and over, it appears it’s something that’s finally starting to sink in.
“School comes first,” Brady said. “(I’ll) do better in school, probably try to get honor roll.”
“It was cool,” he added. “I didn’t know that he was going to call. I didn’t even know that she sent him the letter.”
You can watch the video below. The message for Brady comes at the 3:05 mark.
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