The Asheville Tourists are pretty proud of one of their most famous alumni. They even put up a billboard around town to congratulate Russell Wilson on winning the Super Bowl.
The Tourists are the single-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, and they play in the South Atlantic League. Wilson, who was a two-sport star in college at NC State, was drafted by the Rockies in the fourth round of the 2010 draft.
A second base prospect, Wilson hit .306 with a .929 OPS in his junior season at NC State and then signed with the Rockies. He only hit .229 in 315 career minor league games and decided to quit baseball and try football again. He actually went back to college and played his senior season at Wisconsin in the fall of 2011, and then was drafted in the third round by the Seahawks in 2012.
It’s crazy how quickly things moved in Wilson’s career. Less than three years ago he was trying to play professional baseball, and now he’s a Super Bowl champion quarterback.
— Asheville Tourists (@GoTourists) February 3, 2014
— Asheville Tourists (@GoTourists) February 1, 2014