The newest member of the New York Yankees has a cannon and foot speed to spare, but don’t expect their newest superstar to move the needle for them by the time the regular season rolls around—because Russell Wilson will be a little busy with his career as one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.
Wilson was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 2010 MLB Draft (and in 2007 by the Baltimore Orioles) as a second baseman, playing two seasons of minor league ball in between college football seasons before telling the franchise in 2012 that he’d be pursuing an NFL career.
One Super Bowl ring and four Pro Bowl nods later, it’s safe to say Wilson made a wise choice.
Late in 2013, the Texas Rangers acquired Wilson’s rights, and he played for the team in spring training in 2014 and 2015.
This winter, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback was apparently able to convince the Rangers to trade him to the Yankees in order to fulfill a lifelong dream.
“While football is my passion and my livelihood, baseball remains a huge part of where I came from and who I am today,” wrote in a reaction to the trade. “I’ve learned so much on the baseball field that translates to my game physically and mentally playing quarterback in the NFL. I thank the Rangers and their great fans for making me feel at home and a part of the family! While I embrace the chance to be a New York Yankee, I will forever be grateful to have been a part of a world class organization like the Texas Rangers.”
Thank you Texas…Hello New York.
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) February 7, 2018
“We’ve admired Russell’s career from afar for quite some time,” said Yankees GM Brian Cashman. “This is a unique opportunity for us to learn from an extraordinary athlete who has reached the pinnacle of his profession.
“After talking to a number of our players, there is a genuine excitement in having Russell join us for a short time in camp. We are all looking forward to gaining insight into how he leads teammates toward a common goal, prepares on a daily basis for the rigors of his sport, and navigates the successes and failures of a season.”
The Yankees are scheduled to play the New York Mets twice in spring training this year, making Russell’s facing off with former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow a very real possibility.