Did Russell Wilson Almost Play Baseball?

Sometimes fans may forget just how supremely talented NFL players are. The athletic ability they possess is rare, and it may be taken for granted just how truly gifted some of these guys are. We have seen the likes of Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson be stars in two sports at the same time and become legends for doing so.

Even Tom Brady was drafted by the Montreal Expos back in the day before going on to be the NFL’s greatest of all time. However, a player that may not get talked about in that light enough is Denver Broncos QB Russell Wilson, who almost chose a different sports path entirely. Let’s take a closer look at Wilson and his “almost baseball” career.

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Did Russell Wilson Almost Play in the MLB?

Wilson ended his collegiate career as a graduate transfer at the University of Wisconsin, but before that, he played both college football and college baseball at NC State.

From 2008-2010, Wilson was a dual-sport athlete for the Wolfpack. He put together a solid collegiate career with NC State as a second baseman. He also made 10 appearances, including one start, as a pitcher in his senior year. In 2010, he pitched 12 1⁄3 innings with an ERA of 5.84, eight walks, and eight strikeouts.

Even before his time in college, he was already getting professional looks as he was drafted in the 41st round by the Baltimore Orioles straight out of high school. Although he considered signing, Wilson instead opted to pursue the dual-sport athlete path at NC State.

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Despite opting for college the first time, Wilson would again be drafted by an MLB team following his 2010 season. This time it was the Colorado Rockies, who took him in the fourth round, with one scout saying of Wilson, “Was a good kid and a good athlete, and I thought he had a chance.”

Wilson’s Professional Baseball Career

Wilson opted to give baseball a try and played a total of two seasons in the Rockies organization. His time spent in Colorado’s farm system was not an overall impressive showing, however, as he finished with a .229 average, five home runs, and 26 RBIs during his tenure.

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After the 2011 season concluded, Wilson attended the University of Wisconsin as a graduate student and began his journey as the Badgers’ starting quarterback.

Wilson eventually decided that he would not be reporting to spring training in 2012 in order to pursue a career in professional football. While baseball may have been an intriguing path for Wilson, it’s tough to argue that he did not make the right decision by going with a career in football.

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