Feb 2, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Michael Strahan, left, looks on as Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) celebrates with the Lombardi Trophy after winning Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
The Texas Rangers now have a Super Bowl champion within in their organization. Russell Wilson, their rule 5 draftee, and the Seattle Seahawks won Super Bowl 48 soundly yesterday over the Denver Broncos 43 – 8.
Rangers fans will be pretty excited to see him this spring.
How did the Texas Rangers acquired him? The Rangers picked him up during baseball winter meeting during the minor league rule 5 draft from the Colorado Rockies for $12,000.
Wilson played second base in college with North Caroline State and also with Wisconsin. Wilson has played some beyond his college years when he was in the Colorado minor league system. Wilson got some playing time in class-A ball with the Dust Devils and also with Asheville Tourists.
The Texas Rangers do not expect Russell Wilson to play both sports, Wilson even commented on it shortly after he was drafted.
"“I love baseball. It’s a relaxing sport and a good sport. I’ve played it my whole life. But football is my first love,” he said. (Richard Durrett – ESPN Dallas)"
With the win yesterday, and in the manner in which they did win, Russell Wilson will have some great stories to share with his fellow Texas Rangers. Also, for many Rangers fans, having a Super Bowl winner with the organization is an added bonus for the club.
The question now is, what will Russell Wilson be doing for the Texas Rangers? Jon Daniels wants Wilson to attend spring training to help mentor and guide some of the younger players. With spring training just a few weeks away, I’m sure everyone can’t wait to meet him and for him to share his experiences.
"“I’m sure I’ll go down there [to Surprise, Ariz.] for spring training and just talk to some of their players and hang out some,” Wilson said. (Richard Durrett – ESPN Dallas)"
Along with mentoring the other players, Wilson will probably also take part in some of the drills and activities during spring training.
Jon Daniels expects Russell Wilson to have a positive influences on the whole Texas Rangers organization with his work ethic and leadership skills. Wilson is the type of player that is always at the clubhouse first thing in the morning and always preparing his mind and body for the game.
Texas Rangers fans will also be able to pick up a Topps baseball card around late April/early May.
The Seattle Seahawks drafted Russell Wilson at number 75, third round, of the 212 draft. It is now easy to say, the Seahawks made the right decision to put him in as their starting quarterback. This was the first Super Bowl win for Seattle and the first championship for the town since the Seattle Sonics won in 1979.