The Texas Rangers drafted Russell Wilson not because they thought he’d quit his job as the Seahawks’ quarterback to join the Rangers’ minor league farm system, but because they viewed Wilson as the kind of guy they wanted to be associated with their franchise in some capacity. After Wilson visited spring training today, it sounds like the Rangers got just what they were looking for.
Wilson said after spending the last couple of days with the Rangers that he talked to the players about the importance of putting in work now, and reaping rewards later.
“Just working harder than anybody else,” Wilson said. “Perfecting your game, too, perfecting your craft.”
According to Wilson, a World Series can be won in March, in the same sense that a Super Bowl can be won in August.
“That’s why we won the Super Bowl,” Wilson said. “We had a championship offseason, we prepared the right way, and I always say the separation is in the preparation. Come Super Bowl Sunday, we were able to show that.”
Although Wilson was not considered a great prospect during his days as a minor league player, he loves the sport and loved his time with the Rangers.
“I always miss baseball,” he said. “I played it since I was 4 years old. . . . This is an unbelievable experience for me, obviously, something I’ll never forget.”
Fortunately for the Seahawks, it was also an experience that Wilson is ready to put behind him. He said that he’ll be back to work on football tomorrow.