Russell Wilson is fulfilling a promise to his late father and playing for the Yankees, where he’s smashing home runs in spring training, before he starts another season as the Seahawks star quarterback. As a kid, Russel Wilson always told his dad he’d play for the Yankees. While his father passed away in 2010 from diabetes complications, the star NFL QB is getting his chance in spring training — and so far, he’s crushing it.
While he’s carved a superstar career in the NFL, he had a brief career in pro baseball where the Yankees acquired him from the Texas Rangers and invited him to spring training. Now he’s putting on a laser show with the Bronx Bombers’ best.
Wilson was a three-sport star in high school, before playing both football and baseball in college. He got drafted in 210 by the Colorado Rockies where he played 93 minor league games from 2010 to 2011. Even though Wilson’s legacy lives through football, baseball carries a special meaning for the Wilson family.
“Baseball has always been deep in my heart and deep in my veins. It goes back to the foundation of who I am and where I’ve come from.” Stated Wilson.