Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is in the midst of an outstanding second season in the NFL leading a Super Bowl contender but, if he wants, a potential Major League Baseball career could be in his future.
The Texas Rangers drafted Wilson in MLB's Rule 5 draft Thursday to close out the Winter Meetings. The move only cost the Rangers $12,000 and likely won't lead to Wilson becoming the next Bo Jackson, but the Rangers' intentions seem genuine.
“We talk to our scouts about the makeup we want of our players and the work ethic it takes to win, and Russell Wilson has been an example of that,” Rangers general manager Jon Daniels told ESPNDallas.com. “He has off-the-charts character and focus.”
Daniels added that even if Wilson doesn't ever play for the team, they'd still like him to be a part of the organization.
“At the end of the day, if he decides it's not something he wants to come back and do full time, just having him around, having him talk to a group, I think there's definitely positives in all that,” Daniels said.
According to ESPN, the Rangers have extended Wilson an invite to come work out with the team in spring training and Wilson said he'd like to take them up on that offer.
Wilson was in the Colorado Rockies system and played two seasons of minor league baseball in 2010 and 2011 while in college. He hit .229 with five homers and 19 stolen bases.
The Rangers have a track record of drafting football talent. The team has also drafted running back Ricky Williams, Philadelphia Eagles receiver Riley Cooper and Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston.