When the Texas Rangers picked Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in baseball's Rule 5 draft in December, Wilson's reps said he'd love to come out to spring training. Likewise, the Rangers said they'd love to have him.
Wilson played two minor league seasons in the Colorado Rockies organization, hitting .229 in 93 career games, before football became his main focus. Now, with a Super Bowl ring fitting in his future, football isn't just his focus, it's the mountain on top of which Wilson stands.
With the glory and attention that comes with winning a Super Bowl, Wilson could very easily opt out of Rangers training camp and nobody would blame him. But it doesn't sound like that's going to happen. At least not yet.
Super Bowl champ (and infielder) Russell Wilson still plans to appear at @Rangers spring training, per his baseball agent, Mark Rodgers.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) February 3, 2014
Wilson's role with the Rangers was never spelled out, but it figured to be nothing more than a few pep talks and some photo ops of him taking BP and fielding grounders. (He played second base — as his baseball card says). Rangers position players report to camp on Feb. 19.
Even if it's strictly motivational, that might resonate with the Rangers. Wilson just led the Seahawks to their first championship in franchise history. The Rangers are still trying to win their first World Series — and they're hoping the addition of Prince Fielder this offseason is a big step toward that.
You can bet whatever Wilson does at Rangers camp, the Seahawks will be watching closely. Now he's not just a starting quarterback they need to protect, he's a Super Bowl-winning quarterback.
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