Published: Thu, March 01, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

Seahawks quarterback still has his love for baseball

Seahawks quarterback still has his love for baseball

The Seattle Seahawks quarterback originally was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in 2010, but he now can call himself an honorary Yankee after NY acquired his rights in a trade with the Texas Rangers on February 7.

A 2014 Super Bowl champion quarterback with the Seattle Seahawks, the 29-year-old began a week of workouts Monday with the New York Yankees. He actually hit in the batting group of Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird and Giancarlo Stanton. According to the Sporting News, "It's definitely one of the coolest things I've ever done", Wilson said. Wilson added that since he was a youngster he always dreamed of playing for the Yankees.

"Watching him take a ball from the outfield that was kind of an in-between hop and watching him moving his feet real well and create a longer hop, that's a savvy good-player move", Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. Wilson wore No. 73 - his football number, 3, is retired by the Yanks for Babe Ruth and his baseball number in high school was 7.

ESPN reports Wilson has had a personal connection with the team as his late father, Harrison Wilson III, was a big Yankees fan.

Russell Wilson said this wasn't a publicity stunt, that people thinking otherwise didn't really know him and what he was all about - and maybe he was right.

He graduated from North Carolina State with one season of football eligibility remaining then played one more season of professional baseball, for the Class-A Asheville Tourists in North Carolina.

Still, an overflow of cameras and reporters were there to chronicle his first day at Yankee camp. He watched them all the time and at the time Derek Jeter was his favorite player. "And I can't wait to learn more about it and use that for my football career, as well". At the very least, he's got the backing of the New York Yankees.

Wilson will be here for about a week, but the Yankees have already stated that he won't play in a game. "I obviously want to get out there, but I also don't want to get in the way".

For his part, Wilson referred to Judge and Stanton as "future Hall of Famers".

Judge declined to go into specifics about what Wilson said but did say he continued to talk to the quarterback afterward. "I'm ready to hack away".

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