Wisconsin’s Russell Wilson Pursuing Pro Football over Pro Baseball
(NEW YORK) — Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson has decided that he will not pursue the chance the play Major League Baseball, but instead will pursue a career in the National Football League.
Before Wilson transferred to Wisconsin and led them to a Rose Bowl appearance and an 11-3 record, he was in the Colorado Rockies minor league system. He played two seasons total in rookie-ball and Single-A as a second baseman. His results were mixed at best, as he hit .229 with 5 home runs and a .710 OPS.
Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd has said that Wilson has decided to pursue a career in the NFL and will not report to spring training with the team.
In his first and only season at Wisconsin, Wilson threw for 3,175 yards, 33 touchdowns, and four interceptions. He spent the previous three seasons at North Carolina State, but transferred when his then-coach Tom Wilson wanted a stronger commitment from him, as opposed to splitting his efforts between football and baseball.
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