By Kaleb Page
April 15, 2015
It hasn’t happened since the 80’s and 90’s.
Back when Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson did it, the feat was amazing because it was a top flight corner in the NFL also playing outfield in the MLB and an electric MLB talent running over grown men in the NFL.
Today another athlete presents a possibility of doing the same, and if he succeeded it would be just as impressive or even more so than the predecessors.
Russell Wilson as we all know is the starting quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks and a Super Bowl champion. As one of the rising stars in the NFL and playing essentially the most important position in all of sports, you would think that his time would be consumed entirely on the position.
However, you would be wrong.
Wilson also has interest in playing the game of baseball, and not just as a little exploit like you see when he shows up to Texas Ranger spring training. Instead he might make the plunge head first into the game.
“You never want to kill the dream of playing two sports,” Wilson said.”I would honestly play two sports.” (Interview with HBO’s Bryant Gumbel)
The NBC Sports article went through the nearly impossible task Wilson would embark on if he decided to do both sports. The article pointed out the fact that times have changed and for certain the Seahawks organization would not want to see their franchise quarterback out there risking injury.
Another key point the article made was that Wilson isn’t nearly the baseball player that Sanders and Jackson were. Which I guess I’ll take that opinion since I can’t say I’ve watched Wilson enough on the diamond.
Would if be interesting to see Wilson go for playing two professional sports?…absolutely.
Only two players have done it that have left any impact to still be remembered, and Wilson could do something similar. It could be a huge opportunity for himself to build his brand and become a bigger sports icon.
At the same time let’s be real.
The sports world of the 80’s and 90’s is a complete 180 from what we have today. With the constant scrutiny of how players play and what preparation they put in; does Wilson have the room for error?
I highly doubt it, especially if he would play baseball and then have to turn around and begin playing in the NFL at the biggest position. A turn around that would not allow for much of a grace period or a smoothing out process.
In the end, go for your dream Russell and do what you want.
Just be ready to be taking a lot of heat if it backfires.
The video below is from last year when this debate heated up again with baseball picking up and Wilson joining a team.