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Russell Wilson won’t be active at Rangers camp

Feb 4, 2014, 10:35 PM EDT

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Russell Wilson, the quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks, was selected by the Texas Rangers in December’s Rule 5 Draft and there’s been talk of him making an appearance this spring in camp. But if the Super Bowl XLVIII champion suits up in a Texas uniform it will only be for photo opportunities.

Wilson’s agent Mark Rodgers told Jon Morosi of FOX Sports on Tuesday that his client has “no plans to actively participate in Rangers spring training.”

Wilson might show up in Surprise, Arizona to sign autographs and chat with the club’s minor league players, but he’ll merely be an honored guest.

The 25-year-old played baseball in college at NC State and spent two summers in the Colorado Rockies’ farm system, but his gaze has always been on pro football and it’d be foolish to turn back now.

Wilson was a .229/.354/.356 hitter in 379 career minor league plate appearances.

  1. rma0915 - Feb 4, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    That’s dissapointing. I would’ve loved to see him play but at least we got Jameis Winston to look forward to

  2. beefytrout - Feb 4, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    No worries, Wilson. Just shoot for either March 12 or 13 at Surprise. I’ll be the giddy 36 year old experiencing his first trip to Spring Training.

  3. happytwinsfan - Feb 4, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    he’s plenty good enough to play football

  4. undeadjesus - Feb 4, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    He should play ball. Why not? Any one of us, in his position, would love to take a crack at being a two sport pro athlete. That’s a pretty exclusive club, and Wilson seems like the kind of guy who could make it work. Starting NFL QB and utility/bench infielder.

  5. tfbuckfutter - Feb 4, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    He’s just going to get a paycheck from the Rangers. And a free vehicle. And some extra lunch vouchers.

    /Pete Carroll USC Violations Joke

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 4, 2014 at 11:57 PM

      If you wanted to make a Pete Carroll Seahawks joke, you might say somthing about him getting away with PED use.

      • happytwinsfan - Feb 5, 2014 at 1:07 AM

        why not they barely bother checking for it in football and that would explain how things turned out

      • yahmule - Feb 5, 2014 at 2:22 AM

        Hey, the PEDhawks shrugged off seven absurdly lenient drug suspensions since 2011 to make it to the top. That’s the mark of a true champion.

  6. drs76109 - Feb 5, 2014 at 1:17 AM

    Publicity stunt.

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