Seattle Seahawks quarterback and former minor league second baseman Russell Wilson expressed his desire to appear at spring training with the Texas Rangers almost immediately following his team's Super Bowl victory. That appearance is now official and is scheduled to take place on Monday, March 3, when the Rangers prepare to take on the Cleveland Indians in Surprise, Ariz.
— Mark Townsend
NFL players are elite athletes, which explains why these competitors are talented at other sports as well. The amount of NFL players who were also drafted by MLB teams is staggering, which is why we couldn’t include every single guy. We’ve narrowed down the list to some of the more notable names.
Seattle Seahawks Victory Parade
SEATTLE, WA - FEBRUARY 05: Wide receiver Golden Tate #81 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates with fans during ceremonies following the Seahawks' Super Bowl XLVIII Victory Parade at CenturyLink Field on February 5, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Super Bowl XLVIII FOX Sports Media Availabilty
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Troy Aikman, former NFL player and current NFL analyst for FOX Sports, answers questions from the press during the FOX Sports media availablility in the Empire East Ballroom, at Super Bowl XLVIII Media Center at the Sheraton New York Times Square on January 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 28: Ricky Williams #34 of the Miami Dolphins in action against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 28, 2010 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Ricky Williams
1. Bo Jackson, Tampa Bay, 1986
The conventional pick here would be Oakland’s JaMarcus Russell or Cleveland’s Tim Couch. But at least those galactic-level busts provided their teams with something. Jackson told Tampa Bay he wouldn’t sign with them, and carried through on his threat, leaving the Buccaneers with absolutely nothing to show for a No. 1 pick.