It's a long drive, way back and gone!
Russell Wilson is currently at his ‘Wilson Celebrity Invitational,’ which is part of his ‘Why Not You Foundation.’ The invitational is aimed at raising money for pediatric cancer.
During his invitational, Wilson reminded people of his baseball skills. As the Portland Diamond Project, which is an investor and co-owner, posted a video of him hitting a golf ball with a baseball bat.
Wilson does have some experience on the diamond. He was a two-sport athlete at NC State, playing baseball and football, and also has some minor-league experience. The two-sport athlete was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 2007 and the Colorado Rockies in 2010. He played for the Tri-City Dust Devils (2010), Asheville Tourists (2011) and the New York Yankees spring training (2019).
The Yankees still hold Wilson’s MLB rights, but playing both sports at once simply isn’t realistic for the Seahawks star.
Back in December 2020, while appearing on Barstool Sports’ Pardon My Take, Wilson explained why baseball, not football, was his first passion.
“Baseball was actually my love,” Wilson said. “I played that since I was young. That was probably the sport—was probably one of my best sports.”
Wilson is a strong supporter of bringing baseball to Portland. “We believe Portland is the next great Major League Baseball city, and that’s why Ciara and I are excited to announce we are a part of the Portland Diamond Project,” Russell Wilson said in 2018. “It is time for MLB in Portland.”
Here’s how the Portland Diamond Project describes Wilson on their website:
In 2014, he launched The Why Not You Foundation, a non-profit creating change by motivating and empowering youth. TWNYF raised over $4mil, including $2.6mil for Strong Against Cancer with Safeway. His weekly visits to Seattle Children’s lifts the spirits and brings joy to the hearts of patients and families.
Having one of the largest social media following among NFL players (over 10 million), Wilson founded TraceMe, a mobile-first platform that provides exclusive access to fans’ favorite athletes and celebrities providing original content, updates and unique celebrity channels.