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Russell Wilson, Ciara visit with patients at Seattle Children’s Hospital (pics)

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Russell Wilson typically spends most Tuesdays visiting with patients at Seattle Children’s Hospital, and has done so since his rookie season in 2012. This week, however, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback brought along a special guest for his weekly pop-in: His new girlfriend, pop star Ciara.

In an earlier statement released by the hospital entitled, “I Am All In,” Wilson explains why he so values the time spent with the kids.

“Sunday is game day for me, but my best day is Tuesday when I visit Seattle Children’s,” the statement reads. “All the amazing opportunities I’ve had on the field can’t compare to helping kids whose lives are on the line.”

” … there’s nothing more fulfilling than walking into a child’s hospital room and finding out how they’re doing – listening to their stories … There’s more to life than football and winning games. Every single time I’m at the hospital and I get a kid to smile or help a parent relax, it opens up my heart and reminds me how much I receive by being all in at Seattle Children’s.”

Wilson, 26, and Ciara, 29, posed for photos with the young patients, several of which showed up on social media.

Rumors surfaced recently that Wilson and Ciara had called it quits on their short-term romance, but both parties have since made comments that clearly indicate that is not the case.

Ciara posted a photograph of the two together on May 21, putting a kibosh on the breakup rumors. The pop star also recently stated, “I can proudly say, that is my man,” about Wilson during an interview with a Sacramento radio station, per Eye on Football. The couple was spotted in San Antonio River Walk on Memorial Day weekend as well, according to a Seattle Post-Intelligencer report.

Related to his football career, Wilson remains embroiled in protracted contract negotiations with the Seahawks and things continue to reportedly go nowhere. He did say this week at OTAs that he is willing to play under the terms of his rookie contract if no deal is reached.

(top image via Russell Wilson/Instagram)