Russell Wilson still wants to play pro baseball
When Russell Wilson shows up at spring training with the Texas Rangers, it’s not just some publicity stunt. No, the Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl-winning quarterback still has his eyes on a professional baseball career.
Wilson joined HBO Real Sports for its April 21 episode and talked about playing baseball.
“You never want to kill the dream of playing two sports,” Wilson says in the interview. “I would honestly play two sports.”
According to The Seattle Times, when asked by host Bryant Gumbel what is stopping him, Wilson said “I don’t know. I may push the envelope a little bit one of these days.”
Wilson may aspire to play pro baseball, but that seems extremely unlikely. He is already one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL, but mastering that position still requires work and attention nearly year-round. It’s hard to imagine him making the time to pursue pro baseball again, especially when you consider the difficulties of that sport.
A 4th-round pick by the Rockies in 2010, Wilson hit .229 over 93 career minor league games. He would have to dedicate himself full-time to improve on that mark, and with his obligations to the Seahawks, that just seems too unlikely.
Playing baseball seems more like a dream than real possibility for Wilson, though with enough work put in, he probably could eventually make the major leagues.