Russell Wilson and Comedian Joel McHale Raise $24,000 for Seattle Children’s Hospital by Pulling Boeing 737 Airplane

Seattle Seahawks Russell Wilson and Seattle native Joel Mchale faced off in the Alaska Air Plane Pull. The event raised over $24k for Strong Against Cancer, an organization committed to ending childhood cancer. After Joel and his team struggled, Russell and his team were able to pull the, 92,000 pound, 747-800 in a mere 17 seconds for the win. (Joshua Lewis / Seattle Refined)
Seattle Seahawks Russell Wilson and Seattle native Joel Mchale faced off in the Alaska Air Plane Pull. The event raised over $24k for Strong Against Cancer, an organization committed to ending childhood cancer. After Joel and his team struggled, Russell and his team were able to pull the, 92,000 pound, 747-800 in a mere 17 seconds for the win. (Joshua Lewis / Seattle Refined)

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson took a break from his contract extension talks with the team to do some charity work on Tuesday, appearing alongside “Community” star and Seahawks fan Joel McHale at an event to raise money to end childhood cancer.

Wilson and Mercer Island native McHale captained teams competing for the title of “2015 Plane Pull Champion,” to see which could pull a 92,000-pound Alaska Airlines 737-800 jet 25 feet at Boeing Field in the shortest amount of time.

The event was held to raise awareness and money for Wilson’ Strong Against Cancer foundation, to which Seattle-based Alaska Airlines donated $175,000, according to a release from the airline. Fans were encouraged to vote for their favorite team by texting “TEAMJOEL” or “TEAMRUSSELL” to 501501 to donate $10 to Strong Against Cancer.

McHale’s team went first, but couldn’t make the plan budge until Wilson’s team jumped in to help, and ended with a time of 1:15. Wilson’s team then pulled the plane the 25 feet — unassisted — in 16 seconds.

McHale’s team then got a redo (“Just like every other professional sporting match,” he quipped), and clocked a time of 15.6 seconds. However, Wilson’s team was named the “official winner” of the plane pull using the results from the first attempt.

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SOURCE: Seattle PI

 

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