SEATTLE — Two Seattle sports stars have been named to the Forbes 2020 list of '30 Under 30.'
Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart and Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner topped the list among some of the best athletes, executives and media representatives in the professional sports world.
Wagner finished fourth in the NFL last year with 138 tackles, partly due to the foresight that results from an eye for detail: wide receivers adjusting their gloves ahead of a pass or linemen leaning more heavily on their fingertips before a run.
He's applied similar foresight to a budding investment career. Wagner began his startup blitz in 2014, plowing a mid-five-figure sum into Denali Therapeutics, which went public three years later. More recently, he joined stars from Diddy to Shonda Rhimes in Andreessen Horowitz's $500,000 minimum investment Cultural Leadership Fund, whose portfolio features companies like Hipcamp and Lime scooters.
Last summer, the Seahawks signed him to three-year, $54 million contract, which Wagner negotiated himself, making him the highest-paid player at his position.
Stewart won four NCAA championships with the University of Connecticut Huskies under coach Geno Auriemma before the Seattle Storm picked her first overall in the 2016 WNBA draft.
She won rookie of the year honors the following season, and in 2018 Stewart won a WNBA championship and was voted the league's most valuable player.
The 25-year-old was out for the 2019 season with an Achilles injury.
Stewart and Wagner were personally vetted by a blue-ribbon panel of experts in their fields, including Dallas Wings point guard Skylar Diggins-Smith, vice chairman of Monumental Sports Entertainment Shelia Johnson, and co-owner of D.C. United, Jason Levien.
You can see the full list of the 2020 "30 Under 30" honorees here.