The Rangers took Seahawks QB Russell Wilson in the Rule 5 Draft
The Rule 5 Draft is an opportunity for teams to find hidden gems in other organizations, so the players selected are rarely household names. There was however a notable exception this year:
The Seahawks QB was drafted by the Rockies in 2010. He played two Minor League seasons for the organization with the Short-Season A Tri-City Dust Devils and the Single-A Asheville Tourists before embarking upon his NFL career. While he'd appear to be secure in his choice of sport for the moment, you never know -- he did tell Cut4 last year that "every once in a while, I look out there and wonder if I could still hit that fastball or not."
And don't forget: Wilson's NFC West counterpart, Colin Kaepernick, is a former Cubs draftee and fired an 87 mph first pitch at a Giants game this season. So if they want to continue their rivalry in another sport, we're ready.
Fox Sports' Jon Morosi tweeted that Wilson was very appreciative of the selection:
Russell Wilson is "thrilled" and "honored" the Rangers picked him in Rule 5 draft, his agent, Mark Rodgers, just told me.- Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 12, 2013
But according to his agent, Seahawks fans need not worry that a return to baseball is imminent:
Rodgers added on Russell Wilson: "I want to assure all Seahawks fans that he will be under center at 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon."- Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 12, 2013
And that we probably shouldn't expect Wilson to become the next two-sport star:
Will Russell Wilson play baseball again? Probably not ... "I think Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders' legacies are secure," Mark Rodgers said.- Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 12, 2013