When we've considered what might prevent the Seattle Seahawks from reaching the Super Bowl, having their quarterback hijacked was not high on the list of possibilities.
Of course, that's not really happening, but a fascinating development happened on the final day of baseball's winter meetings: Russell Wilson, the former baseball player who gave up the sport to play football, was selected in the Rule 5 draft.
— MLB Draft (@MLBDraft) December 12, 2013
So what does that mean? Not much. More than anything, it speaks to how good an athlete he is, and what might have been had football not panned out.
The Texas Rangers, who took a flier on Wilson, with the 15th pick of the AAA portion of the draft and now own his baseball rights in case he ever considers a career move. Not too likely with how Wilson's career has gone in football, but you never know — for a $12,000 purchasing cost, buying him from the Colorado Rockies, it apparently was worth the risk for the Rangers.
Wilson called getting drafted by the Rangers "a blessing," per the Seattle Times, but that his focus is on football. The baseball team reportedly is interested in having him come talk to the locker room at some point, and you know he'll be throwing out a first pitch when he does.
Wilson, if you did not know, was a pretty good baseball prospect in his day. He considered the sport and played in the Rockies' farm system after being a fourth-round pick in the 2010 and 2011 seasons while still an underclassman at North Carolina State. His baseball career had ended in 2012 when Wilson was a third-round pick of the Seahawks, and he actually had to repay part of his baseball signing bonus when he chose the NFL.
The Rangers have gone this route before, drafting Texas' Ricky Williams, who played in the Phillies' system for a few years.
So do the Seahawks have anything to worry about? Likely not. But then again, we thought the same of Michael Jordan once upon a time. Just saying.
And not everyone thinks it's a crazy idea. Check out what Deion Sanders tweeted Thursday:
If I were @DangeRussWilson i would seriously consider baseball and weigh all options with the Texas Rangers. Truth
— DeionSanders (@DeionSanders) December 12, 2013
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