Seahawks QB Russell Wilson was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the fourth round of the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft and played close to 100 games in Colorado’s minor league system in 2010-2011. Then he have that up because, honestly, he didn’t seem to have anywhere near as big a baseball future as he had a football future. The Rangers claimed the rights to him in the 2013 Rule 5 Draft, and he still shows up to Rangers spring training, but it’s mostly just for the yuks and the PR.
“You never want to kill the dream of playing two sports,” Wilson said in a clip of the interview that was provided to media today by HBO for the show that will debut on April 21. “I would honestly play two sports.” Asked by Gumbel what is stopping him, Wilson said “I don’t know. I may push the envelope a little bit one of these days.”
Should’ve asked what’s starting him, not stopping him. Because the answer to that is most likely “well, I’m negotiating a contract extension with the Seahawks right now, and it behooves me to at least pretend I could just walk away so that maybe they’ll kick in some extra money to buy my official baseball retirement.”