It’s always fun when the baseball and football worlds collide. And it was done spectacularly yesterday when the Seattle Seahawks and quarterback Russell Wilson won the Super Bowl. Prior to the game, there was mention of Wilson’s baseball background, but most of it was rather quiet. Here is a roundup of the baseball career of the winning QB:
- June 2007: Drafted (but declined) by the Baltimore Orioles from Collegiate High School (Richmond, VA) in the 41st round of the MLB Amateur Draft (source: baseball-reference.com)
- June 2010: Drafted by the Texas Rangers from North Carolina State University in the 4th round of the MLB Amateur Draft
- 2010: Played 31 games at 2B for the Tri-City Dust Devils of the Northwest League
- 2011: Played 55 games at 2B for the Asheville Tourists of the South Atlantic League
- July 2011: Quit baseball and returned to college (Wisconsin) to continue his college football career (source: Newsday)
After the game, however, Minor League Baseball and other sources were quick to point out the connection between Wilson and baseball, including dusting off the above video from May 2011 and, of course, the box score from the game.
Now that football is over and baseball has taken credit for the Super Bowl… bring on Spring Training!