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Here's video of former Rockies prospect Russell Wilson smacking a base knock

Before taking over as the Seahawks' quarterback this season, Russell Wilson was a baseball player.

Wilson was first selected by the Orioles in the 41st round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, but opted to attend  North Carolina State instead of turning pro. He played three seasons as a platoon outfielder for the Wolfpack and was selected by the Rockies in the fourth round in 2010.'s Jonathan Mayo pegged Wilson as a high-end athlete in the outfield or at second base on Draft day, but said he'd likely be a long-term project after splitting his focus between the diamond and the gridiron during college.

Wilson spent two seasons in the Rockies system, hitting a combined .229 with five homers and 19 steals in 379 plate appearances at Class A, but eventually turned back to his other love: football. Now, the 24-year-old is a top candidate for NFL Rookie of the Year honors after leading Seattle to a Wild Card victory over the Redskins on Sunday night.

"You're always disappointed when you lose a player of his potential," said Bill Schmidt, Colorado's scouting director. "But did he make the right decision? He sure did. We really felt he was going to be a good player, but it was going to take a while before that decision was going to be made. He was 1,500 Minor League at-bats away from knowing what was going to happen."

Check out this video of Wilson slapping a single then showing off his wheels with the Class A Asheville Tourists in 2011:

-- Matt Monagan /

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