After becoming one of the Texas Rangers MLB draft picks 2013, is Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson the next Deion Sanders or Bo Jackson? According to a Dec. 12 ESPN report, the 2012 NFL Pro Bowler could become the next two-sport athlete, if he chooses to.
The Rangers, who selected the former second baseman from the Colorado Rockies' system, coughed up $12,000 just to add him to the organization's (minor league) restricted list.
"We talk to our scouts about the makeup we want of our players and the work ethic it takes to win, and Russell Wilson has been an example of that," said general manager Jon Daniels shortly after reaching out to the Seahawks signal-caller Thursday morning. "He has off-the-charts character and focus. We want to be respectful of where he's at right now."
Much like in the "Prime Time" and "Bo-Knows" era, an athlete being drafted by more than one professional team is anything but a rarity, especially in this day and age.
And while the list of those who choose to play multiple sports at the pro level is certainly sparse, many scouts are encouraged to acquire good athletes regardless of the circumstances.
In 1998, the Rangers drafted Heisman winning running back Ricky Williams from the defunct Montreal Expos despite the fact that he was destined to play pro football.
In 2006, the Philadelphia Phillies drafted (Eagles wide receiver) Riley Cooper straight out of high school.
In June of 2012, Texas acquired the rights to Florida State Seminoles quarterback, Jameis Winston, who's the frontrunner to win the Heisman this year and will take on Auburn in the 2014 BCS National Championship.
"I got a chance to talk to him, and he was excited," added Daniels, claiming Wilson agreed to come work out with the team during Spring Training. "We wanted to welcome him to the organization and told him, 'Don't be insulted if you don't hear from us again until you're done playing because we don't want to get in the way of what you've got going on.'"
Leave us your opinion in the comment section below: Should Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson follow in the footsteps of Sanders/Jackson and play part-time for the Texas Rangers after they acquired him with one of their (Rule 9) MLB draft picks 2013?