It’s been quite a year for Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. One month ago, he was holding up the Vince Lombardi trophy after leading Seattle to a Super Bowl championship.
On Saturday he was at Phoenix International Raceway, where NASCAR Sprint Cup Driver Kasey Kahne (who is a Seattle fan) gave him a tour of the garage.
On Monday, Wilson was in Surprise, Arizona with the Texas Rangers, where — for one day — he was living the dream as a major league baseball player.
“More than anything, just the experience of being around a championship organization and just how poised these guys are... how relaxed they are... how much fun they have coming to work every day. It’s the same thing we try to do with the Seattle Seahawks,” Wilson said.
“He can teach kids about attitude and commitment and work ethic and application,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said. “I think that's what life is about — period.”
“We saw him talk at dinner," Rangers outfielder Alex Rios said. "His determination and desire to win is something that is impressive. If we take that same attitude in this clubhouse, good things will happen.”
Wilson has not played organized baseball since 2011, when he spent a season in Class A ball as a second baseman with the Colorado Rockies organization.
His presence in Surprise certainly fuels speculation that he might someday consider becoming a two-sport athlete
“If he wanted to, I believe he could fit that category... he's that type athlete,” Washington said. “He certainly has the mental toughness to do it.”
“I've always had the dream of playing two sports. "Wilson said. "If it’s somehow a miracle that it could work out, I would consider it. I wouldn't say 'never.'"
The Rangers got the rights to Russell for $12,000 in a minor league draft, hoping he could come to camp and serve as a motivation for not just the younger players, but the entire roster.
On Monday, they got their wish.
“I think if he would have played the game, I think he would have been just as good at this game as he is in football,” Washington said. “That's just the kind of person he is. That's who he is. He's a very special young man.”
When asked how much he wanted to play at least one inning on Monday, he said: “How much did I want to play the whole game is the question.”
Wilson heads back to Seattle on Tuesday.