Russell Wilson: I haven’t given up baseball, may play both sports

AP

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson says he’s still considering playing baseball — and not just for a cameo appearance in spring training.

Wilson told Bryant Gumbel of HBO that it’s still his dream to be a two-sport athlete.

“You never want to kill the dream of playing two sports,” Wilson said. “I would honestly play two sports.”

Asked what’s stopping him, Wilson said, “I don’t know. I may push the envelope a little bit one of these days.”

That’s extremely unlikely. Bo Jackson could be a part-time running back in the 1980s and Deion Sanders could be a part-time cornerback in the 1990s, but being an NFL quarterback in 2015 is a year-round job. It’s just not realistic to think a franchise quarterback could spend his spring and summer playing baseball while his teammates are going through Organized Team Activities, minicamp and training camp. (It’s also worth noting that Wilson is nowhere near as good at baseball as Jackson and Sanders were.)

But if Wilson is looking for leverage in negotiating a long-term contract with the Seahawks, he’s smart to mention baseball. By reminding the Seahawks that he has other options, Wilson is telling them they can’t get away with lowballing him and keeping him in Seattle on the franchise tag if he doesn’t sign a long-term deal. Wilson has another option.

He just doesn’t have as good an option as playing quarterback. That’s what Wilson does best, and that will remain Wilson’s role, no matter how much he talks about baseball.

87 responses to “Russell Wilson: I haven’t given up baseball, may play both sports

  1. Pointing out the obvious here…..didn’t he think about his teammates before making this comment?

    If I were on the team, I may be a little angry that he is not 100% committed to the team, and instead, looking out for his own selfish interests.

  2. Just shut up already.
    After not playing for years, he wouldn’t be able to get back into baseball and actually be good right away. Minor league minimum wage and constant travel or a fat mega deal in the NFL with 16 games a season, hmm, what to choose? No leverage here.

  3. it’s just one of those “Ill say something for some press / social media buzz” things. judging by this article, it worked

  4. I’m sure Seahawks fans are thrilled … let’s be honest, it’s not like he’s such a great QB that he needs another athletic distraction. If he ends up playing baseball, you’ve seen the Russell Wilson ceiling. And good luck getting back to the SB with a part-time QB and no dominant defense; it was the defense that got Seattle to the big game to begin with.

  5. Deion wasn’t even that good at baseball. .270 batting average for a lead-off hitter wouldn’t even get him ahead of Juan Legares on the Mets roster.

  6. Funny stuff here. He may also go back to school and get his medical degree. Or be an astronaut.

  7. “Wilson is telling them they can’t get away with lowballing him and keeping him in Seattle on the franchise tag if he doesn’t sign a long-term deal. Wilson has another option.”

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    Are you saying that the franchise tag for a QB is low-balling? Last year the QB tag paid over $16 million for the year! It’s higher this year and will be higher when his contract is up. I don’t think this is Wilson trying to gain leverage at all, just expressing his long held dream of playing both sports professionally.

  8. And Tim Tebow hasn’t given up his dream of being a starting NFL QB and I don’t see that happening either… Although, I see that as more likely than Wilson being an MLB and NFL player.

  9. If he is good enough at baseball to really be at least a serviceable starter, he can make WAY more money than he will playing football (because he can play twice as long) AND no brain injury, which to some is more important than money anyway….. hmmm already hasa superbowl … could he want that world series ring ?

  10. Wilson wasn’t even a star when he did play baseball, but don’t forget that he was juggling football, baseball, an ill father and a wife

    I would not bet against this young man doing anything he puts his mind to and devotes fulltime to it. Check 2B numbers and he doesn’t have to kill the ball, just bat in the 250+ and play great defense. Think he wouldn’t be a gate attraction? Plus, the money is better over a longer career.

    Over time he would lose the novelty and playing 2B as a contact hitter will never match being a SB QB, but who knows … Bo knows. Everybody saying noway now, also said he’d never make it in the NFL.

  11. If I were on the team, I may be a little angry that he is not 100% committed to the team, and instead, looking out for his own selfish interests.
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    First, you are NOT on the team, quit dreaming. And second, your Santa Clara 49ers are an embarrassment to the NFC West.

    How about you try and clean up your team’s mess before criticizing the QB with the best stats of ANY QB in their first three seasons?

  12. floratiotime says:
    Apr 12, 2015 3:50 PM
    Funny stuff here. He may also go back to school and get his medical degree. Or be an astronaut.
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    Care to explain why he couldn’t do either thing? Plenty people go back to school to get medical degrees. Some become astronauts.

    I sense you didn’t go to college at all, did you?

  13. Maybe Wilson sees the handwriting on the wall. The NFL is a parity machine. All good teams regress to the norm once their players start to hit free agency.

  14. Well, the way the Texas Rangers continue to go, they need any positive PR they can get. So it wouldn’t surprise me if they paid him to keep up the fiction in public a bit beyond the usual spring training game.

  15. Already GOAT NFL QB through first three seasons.

    Numbers don’t lie.

    Numbers don’t but you do. He is a game manager at best backed by the best defense in the NFL.

    I know you have been watching football for a couple of years so I understand your stupid statement about a goat. The goat you know is the one at your uncle Jack’s farm. Don’t confuse short term successes with long term excellence. Wilson is on the way but he is not there yet.

  16. Didn’t complete a pass until over 25 mins into a sb game.

    Threw the game losing int in a sb game.

    0-7 when the opposing team scores 25 pts or more including 0-2 in the playoffs.

    Holds two of the worst qb ratings for a playoff game in NFL history.

    Plays in a division with the worst qb’s in the league.

    Numbers don’t lie

  17. that’s all great but when that happens you end up with an short timer NFL franchise guy gettig whacked out by a ball over the plate or blowimg out an ACL stretching for first…

    this is one of the mostselfish urealitic decisions comig from a player (other than RG3) i years.

  18. Low balling him? Just make him the highest paid player in the NFL so you can crash your cap room and put nobody around him who doesn’t suck while tickets and jerseys sell big time and you’ll be Dallas.

  19. If he gets a sniff from MLB and a contract offer, why not? Would you rather a 5yr/100M contract with 50M in the last 2 years not guaranteed, or a 5yr/$50M guaranteed with little chance of concussions and none of a collapsed lung?

    I doubt his team mates are upset by this. They know it’s a business, and he has to get what he can while guaranteeing his future. If he sustains a career ending injury opening day this coming season, where does that leave him?

  20. Russell Wilson is my favorite non-Titan. But I’ll admit there is nothing good about this statement on his part. Either it reveals football is not a sport in which he’s “all in” or it makes it clear the Seahawks didn’t make him an offer he respects and he’s being disingenuous in response (ploy).

  21. Good lord! He simply expressed an interest in playing two sports at some point in his career and the speculation runs wild. It’s not a ploy. It’s not a negotiating tactic. How many of you armchair cowboys played two sports in high school? Quite a lot I would bet. My nephew plays three sports. He’s a jock. He loves sports. So does Wilson. He’s going to be the Seahawks QB for a long, long time.

  22. Not good when your star QB starts looking at his exit strategies after only 3 years. Players not only questioning the play calls but the coaches reason for making those calls, players talking trash about other players on the team to the media, star players requesting trades or even mentioning going to other sports, the implosion has already begun.

  23. I laugh when that over rated Sanders is brought into any topic; just remember what the recently departed NFL great Chuck Bednarik used to say about Sanders ” what’s so great about him; he was a chicken **** when it came to tackling somebody, that’s not a Hall of Famer to me ” !!

    Stay in football Wilson, contract leverage talk isn’t your bag !

  24. I’m trying to think of a baseball scenario where, with a single play, you can take your team from having a 99% chance of winning the World Series to a less than 1% chance. If Wilson could pull that off he would indeed go down as one of the great multi sport athletes of all time.

  25. Relax Seahawk fans, Wilson is not going to get into Major League Baseball except in his dreams.

    He was a horrible .225 hitter in the minors against minor league pitching. He couldn’t hit splitters, one-two-three-four seam fastballs, nor could he hit curveballs because he could never see them correctly. A .225 hitter in the minors would be easily a .150 hitter in the majors and there is not many teams who would waste a roster spot on a utility-pinch runner player with no power and no decent batting average (Wilson is definitely not a 5 tool guy) just to keep Wilson around as a mascot around.

    If Wilson was any good, he never would have left baseball to return to football at Wisconsin.

    The question is would Wilson be willing to be a MLB mascot at the minimum if he could find a team willing to take the roster spot hit (only the Yankees sideshow circus come to mind, but there may be others who would help their local NFL team by crippling the Seahawks) to help Wilson get revenge on the Seahawks if they don’t offer Wilson the contract he feels he deserves?

  26. Hey, the Yankees are content with starting 2B and SS who hit .160 and they signed a no-hit backup SS with chronic injuries to a multi-year deal with an option.

    A little more seriously though, this is a standard negotiating tactic. It’s literally “in the book(s).”

  27. Not sure why this is an issue. If anything it would help him keep not only his physical conditioning, but also his mental conditioning. For those concerned about injury risks should contemplate whether they would want him playing baseball or perhaps they would rather him driving motor cycles at reckless speeds or jumping off 30 ft cliffs.

  28. For the sake of his long term health (especially his brain) he should give up football and dedicate himself to baseball. Heck, he’s won a Super Bowl and appeared in another. It’s not like he’s going to have a career where he’s breaking passing records or anything. Short of repeating as a Super Bowl champ, there isn’t really anything else to accomplish. The move to MLB would be a smart one.

  29. If he wants to and the Texans think he’s got the skills then why not?
    The only problem is not spring and summer but playing in Sept. and possibly Oct.
    Also, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Seahawks negotiated a conflict of interest clause into his contract.

  30. Already GOAT NFL QB through first three seasons.

    Numbers don’t lie.

    Numbers don’t but you do. He is a game manager at best backed by the best defense in the NFL.

    ———————————————

    He has the best stats of ANY QB in the HISTORY of the game for his first three seasons.

    Go back to your Squealer articles and try and figure out how to beat that Tebow curse,…troll…

  31. Cheap negotiating ploy. If he isn’t careful he may make his comments about team first, etc. seem fake or disingenuous. He already has to deal with some resentment from a few teammates. Comments like this will make that resentment spread

  32. I like ya kid, but there was only one Bo Jackson, and I was lucky enough to see him play both sports….it’s not happenin’ for you.

  33. Yeah, Wilson was terrible in the SB…

    110.6 QB rating vs Bradyls 101.1 Would have been higher with rushing yards.

    In his career playoffs only a 98.1 QBR despite not factoring in another 255 rushing and two TDs.

    Of course a playoff record of 6-2, two SBs and a ring.

    Those are FACTS.

    Why don’t you show Brady’s or Rodgers or Mannings first three years in the league – that’s year 1, 2 and 3; not just years you want to count – and get back to me.

  34. Wilson also cost his team a second SB ring by throwing a pick. In NFCC game he threw 4 INTs and almost cost his team the game.

  35. kd75 says:
    Apr 12, 2015 3:48 PM
    Deion wasn’t even that good at baseball. .270 batting average for a lead-off hitter wouldn’t even get him ahead of Juan Legares on the Mets roster
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    What?? Deion only had to “bunt” for god sake and fly to first base. Don’t forget he could also get walked to make it to first base, “hitting” was great but ultimately the only thing that mattered is Deion making it to first base in some form or fashion !!!

  36. gomybirdsgo says:
    Apr 12, 2015 4:05 PM
    If he is good enough at baseball to really be at least a serviceable starter, he can make WAY more money than he will playing football (because he can play twice as long) AND no brain injury, which to some is more important than money anyway….. hmmm already hasa superbowl … could he want that world series ring ?
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    He’s not a pitcher. He hit .229 in 1/2 season in the minors.

  37. Wilson is a good QB and he has started his career well. But the defense deserves most of credit for the team’s success. He has also had a really stout running game, which teams have to respect and that opens up the passing game. We will see where he goes from here. I don’t see anything yet to suggest he can take over a game like Rodgers, Brady, or Manning could and win games with less-than-top-notch defense. In fact, I would be a little concerned that he has played well in his first 3 seasons, but we are not seeing a lot of improvement year over year.

  38. @realitycheckbaby

    “GOAT through first 3 years….numbers don’t lie”

    And everyone knows numbers are not just the omnipotent, but rather the lone indicator of how good someone is at a sport. Please.

  39. profootball13 says:

    Selfish.

    #bradjohnson

    #gohomehawks
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    #teenagegirlsusehashtagstroll
    _____________________

    Yup, exactly! lol….

  40. “In Brady’s first 7 seasons he never had a QB rating as high as Wilson’s worst year.

    And that’s with a very questionable receiving corp.

    FACTS”

    I guess we’re looking at different numbers. Last year and this year, he has been slightly above the middle of the pack in QBR, and that is because of the running. He would be around #18 without it. The running will slow down in the next few years which leaves him at #18 making franchise money. Not worth it.

  41. Nothing new here.
    Russell Wilson knows where the money is. Sure, he going to get a contract for about $100 million or so.
    But all he has to do is look across the street at Safeco Field where Robinson Cano has a $250 million contract and Felix Hernanadez has had $175 million contract on top of the mult-million dollar he inked a few years before this one.
    The kid is not stupid.

  42. A.) He’s not remotely good enough to play in the Major Leagues, so that’s a useless statement in an lame attempt to gain leverage.

    B.) Reality Check (the real kind) – No rational adult, football fan, child, or family pet thinks that Russell Wilson is close in talent to Tom Brady. Not even Wilson. He seems like a nice enough kid though, all things considered.

  43. Well, I hit that one homer in batting practice, so I obviously still have it…

    “Pay that man”

    – Deion

  44. I really think the replacement refs’ poor call against the Packers was what fueled the Seahawks’ run of the past 3 years.

  45. Russell Wilson was never recruited to play football, it was to play SS at NC State. I think he could do it no problem. He would be playing the field, which is much less risky than say pitching. He is an athlete, and a lot of athletes with less baseball talent are playing baseball.

  46. It’s so hilarious to read the comments, mostly judgements on Russell Wilson’s careers from those who’ve never played a single pro sport much less a SB winning QB in only his second year. What an absolute riot it is to read comments from those who’ve accomplished zilch in comparison to what RW has.

    What a laugh!

  47. Two sport athletes often find that they can’t keep up high levels of performance in one or the other. Not to mention the increased toll on the body increasing the risk of injury.

    This is more likely to hurt than help him in negotiations.

  48. Back to back troll comments saying he “stinks” and calling him a bust.

    Social media is a game. People and their comments just aren’t real. You can be anyone and say anything without consequences. Happens here everyday.

  49. I see more jealous 9er trolling…LOL.

    Some numbers for your QB

    Didn’t complete a pass with 4 tries in the 2012 sb game.

    Threw the game losing int in the 2013 NFC CG game.

    But you’ll keep lying about him being good. LOL

  50. To be even a minor league player you need alot of baseball talent,when was the last time he tried to hit even semi pro pitchers? does he really believe a major league team would put him in their minor league system when he hasnt played in years let alone calling him up. just a foolish negotiating ploy by him.

  51. Everybody just needs to relax- he’s musing out loud about another athletic endeavor. Can’t blame him much, since to go with fame and fortune, guys are trying to break him in half. Much nicer “afterlife” from baseball, in terms of health, even though he would give up some of that that fame and fortune. If he has the talent to play 2 sports, can’t blame him for wishful thinking. He knows in his heart of hearts he’ll be qbing in the NFL for a long time.

  52. Just because he was a good college baseball player doesn’t mean he could start in the majors. Any thought that baseball could be used as a financial negotiation lever is laughable. He would be headed to double A.

  53. \

    Dude throws for like 190 yards a game, threw 5 INT’s and 3 TD’s in his last two playoff games… rides the defense and marshawn lynch to high level of undeserved acclaim…

    Now he wants to play two sports and maybe do some baseball…

    You can not make this stuff up. And its hilarious.

  54. I’m not a Seattle fan, but I like Wilson. He’s a very good QB. He’s currently not one of the best in the league, but he is quick and samrt. Seattle is not a passing team. They ranked near the bottom of the league in passing.

    Seattle is a running team with a great defense. With their #1 defense and #1 running game, they have done quite well.

    Wilson would be smart to cut a deal as soon as possible. He can get hurt, or Seattle may realize that they don’t need to have a great QB as long as the have a great D and running game.

    In any case, I hope Wilson gets a big payday soon.

  55. B.) Reality Check (the real kind) – No rational adult, football fan, child, or family pet thinks that Russell Wilson is close in talent to Tom Brady. Not even Wilson. He seems like a nice enough kid though, all things considered.

    You guys embarrass yourselves.

    Let’s see if I understand.

    – You can’t compare Wilson’s first three years to Brady’s first three years; you have to compare his first three to Brady’s current stats.

    – You can’t consider Wilson’s impact on the rushing game because that’s beyond your pea brain to comprehend.

    – When the Hawks win it’s the defense, even when the offense scores 30 points or so, but when the Hawks lose it’s Wilson’s fault, even when the defense gives up a big lead.

    Did I miss any?

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