It’s time for Russell Wilson to dust off those baseball cleats: the Seattle Seahawks quarterback is stealing second base again.
Wilson’s agent, Mark Rodgers, told the MLB Network Radio this week that the Super Bowl champion quarterback will report to spring training for the second-straight year in a New York Yankees uniform.
Russell Wilson plays…baseball?
Prior to being selected by the Seahawks in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft, Wilson played second base at North Carolina State before being drafted by the Colorado Rockies, where he spent two seasons.
From 2010-11, Wilson logged 379 total plate appearances in the Class A Advanced level, logging a .229 average, five home runs, and 19 stolen bases, according to MLB.com.
He was acquired from the Rockies by the Texas Rangers in the Rule 5 draft, and traded to the New York in 2018, where he finally fulfilled his dream of wearing a Yankees uniform.
During his first spring training at-bat, Wilson struck out on a left-hander from Braves pitcher Max Fried.
Staying connected to baseball
While Wilson has become a star on the gridiron, he has stayed involved with the baseball community. Recently, he became an investor in the Portland Diamond Project, a group committed to bring a Major League Baseball franchise to the Rose City.
The project settled on the Terminal 2 site as the future home for Major League Baseball in Portland last month, but the movement is still stuck on first base.
The group will need to lure a franchise to the City of Roses or Major League Baseball will need to grant the city an expansion team in order for Portland to join the 32-team league.