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Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson tells Rockies he’s sticking with football

Jan 12, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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Prior to emerging as one of the best college quarterbacks in the country at Wisconsin this season Russell Wilson was picked by the Rockies in the fourth round of the 2010 draft.

He played parts of two minor-league seasons, hitting just .229 with five homers and a .710 OPS in 93 games as a rookie-ball and Single-A second baseman, and not surprisingly Wilson has informed the Rockies that he plans to stick with football.

Joe Schad of ESPN.com reports that Wilson will not report to spring training and will instead focus on getting ready for the NFL draft, which is interesting considering he transferred to Wisconsin in the first place partly because the North Carolina State coaching staff wanted him to fully commit to football.

ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. does not have Wilson ranked among his top five quarterbacks, so Wilson may go lower in the seven-round NFL draft than he did in the 50-round MLB draft. He received a $200,000 bonus to sign with the Rockies in 2010.

And this concludes my Mike Florio impression.

  1. mjay424 - Jan 12, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Russell Wilson put up superb numbers in college football and was fantastic quarterbacking Wisconsin in 2011 but as a pro prospect he’s likely not the second coming of Drew Brees.

    Maybe he sees himself that way and if does, more power to him.

    He is surely better in football than baseball but he has talent in baseball. He just is behind the curve and not willing to be patient and develop. Thus, he’s focusing on the NFL.

    He won’t look so great though without the overwhelming ground game he had while under center for the Badgers. As good as Wilson is, he looked like an elite QB thanks to the dominating rushing attack his team had. The NFL will not afford him that sort of protection.

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    • foreverchipper10 - Jan 12, 2012 at 1:47 PM

      I don’t think the Brees comparison is fair from a stats standpoint as he is currently busy breaking NFL all-time records. That’s like saying a college basketball player may not be the next Michael Jordan.

  2. cmutimmah - Jan 12, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    He’s getting old as a baseball prospect, but since he took money and got a signing bonus, how was he still considered a college athlete?

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