DENVER (CBS4) – Even though the Seattle Seahawks offense isn’t as highly touted as the Denver Broncos, they’re still dangerous — in part because of second year quarterback Russell Wilson. But if he had changed just one decision three years ago, things could be a whole lot different.
At the age of 25 Wilson has Seattle in the Super Bowl in just his second season, so it’s hard to say he didn’t make the right career choice. But before he was a Seahawk, he was with the Colorado Rockies.
“I was blessed enough to play professional baseball, get drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the fourth round,” Wilson said. “I went to spring training and played (single A) ball for several months.”
Picked 140th overall in 2010, Wilson played two seasons in the minors, but something was pulling him toward another love.
“I had a great chance to play in major leagues in baseball. I was a 5-foot-11 second baseman that was a prototypical second baseman, I was big for a second baseman and fast for one,” he said. “That was one of those things that, for me, God had something in store for me to play the game of football.”
“He brought speed and athleticism. The real issue was … is he hadn’t played much baseball, and so the last thing to come was going to be his offence,” Troy Renck with The Denver Post said. “He was really a poor hitter in the minor leagues, around .230. The Rockies saw potential in the guy as he got to maybe 750 at-bats in the minor leagues that he could be projected as an everyday second baseman.”
“I was a 5-foot-11quarterback, I had big hands, I could run, I could make all the throws, but everybody was telling me I couldn’t do it because I was 5-foot-11,” Wilson said. “That was the only thing that was stopping me and I wasn’t going to let it stop me.”
It turned out to be a good career choice for Wilson.
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