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Seahawks QB Russell Wilson drafted by the Texas Rangers

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If this whole NFL quarterback thing doesn’t work out for Russell Wilson, he can always fall back on a career in minor league baseball.

The rights to the second-year QB for the NFC-leading Seattle Seahawks were acquired by the Texas Rangers from the Colorado Rockies in the MLB’s annual Rule 5 Draft on Thursday, meaning if he foregoes his NFL career, he’ll now be a member of the Rangers farm system instead of the Rockies.

According to USA Today, the Rule 5 Draft “allows teams to choose players who have spent at least four years in another team’s farm system without being added to its 40-man roster.”

Wilson was selected by the Rockies in the fourth-round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft and spent two seasons with their affiliates, first the Tri-City Dust Devils, then the Asheville Tourists. In 2011, his final season in baseball, Wilson finished with 3 home runs, 15 RBIs, and a batting average of .228 for the Tourists.

Wilson is currently tied with New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees for the fifth-highest passer rating in the NFL this season and has lead the Seahawks to an 11-2 record, currently the best in the NFC. In other words, it’s highly unlikely that Wilson will be giving up his pro football career to return to baseball. Still, his agent said he was “thrilled” and “honored” by the Rangers selection, which cost the team just $12,000, a figure that will be more than made up through publicity and exposure alone. Josh Boyd, the Rangers pro scouting director, also said that he hopes Wilson will come down and speak with his new minor league teammates during spring training in March.

If everything goes right, he may be showing off his shiny new Super Bowl ring.


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