Russell Wilson was traded on Wednesday. Sort of. If he ever leaves the NFL for Major League Baseball, he’ll be a New York Yankee.
The Seattle Seahawks quarterback, who played both football and baseball at N.C. State, had his baseball rights traded from the Texas Rangers to the New York Yankees on Wednesday for future considerations.
Wilson is a lifelong Yankees fan and tweeted about it.
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“Thank you Texas...Hello New York. Always said we’d be a Yankee Pops!” Wilson tweeted.
Wilson, a second baseman, was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the fourth round of the 2010 MLB first-year player draft. He hit .228 during two seasons in the minor leagues with Colorado and was selected by the Rangers in the December 2013 Rule 5 draft. He spent a day at the Rangers’ spring training complex in 2014 and 2015.
Wilson thanked the Rangers in a statement.
“While football is my passion and my livelihood, baseball remains a huge part of where I came from and who I am today,” Wilson said. “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 be a part of a world class organization like the Texas Rangers.”
Wilson was N.C. State’s starting quarterback from 2008-10, leaving the Wolfpack and spending his senior year at Wisconsin, where he led the Badgers to the Rose Bowl.
Wilson was selected by the Seahawks in the third round of the 2012 NFL draft. He led the Seahawks past the Denver Broncos to win Super Bowl XLVIII.
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