Play (foot) Ball!
The reigning Heisman Trophy winner can sling it. The Super Bowl quarterback can to.
America’s favorite sport right now may be football, but America’s Pastime isn’t going away.
Russell Wilson ended up at Wisconsin largely because of baseball. Not to play baseball for the Badgers, per se, but because former NC State coach Tom O’Brien felt Wilson had to much focus on baseball. So Wilson left NC State and ended up at Wilson and led the Badgers to a spot in the 2012 Rose Bowl.
Seattle drafted him after his impressive senior year, and in two years, he had the Seahawks on top of the world.
This past spring, he "played" for the Texas Rangers, who got him in the Rule Five Draft. Although Wilson never actually got in to a game, he suited up for the Rangers in spring training and since their spring training facilities in Surprise, Arizona, weren’t far from the Mariners’ facilities in Peoria, thousands of Seahawk fans, in town to see the Mariners, flocked to Surprise and sold out of all the Wilson merchandise the Rangers were selling.
But forgive Wilson if he’s a little envious of Jameis Winston.
Famous Jameis had a good freshman season for the Seminoles baseball team in 2013, with some impressive putouts from the outfield. But at that point, all Winston did was whet the appetite of Nole football fans, who couldn’t wait to see what the former five-star would do on the football field a few months later.
All he did was go 14-0 as the starter. And win the ACC title. And the national title. And a Heisman Trophy.
Enough to get Jimbo Fisher to tell him to focus on football, right?
Hardly. Part of the reason the Noles were able to hold on to Winston was because of Fisher’s willingness to allow Winston to play baseball.
So Winston is back on the diamond for the Noles, closing games for the Noles. In 10 appearances, he has a 1.93 in 14 innings and 15 strikeouts as well as four saves.
While Oklahoma lost Archie Bradley to the draft and Nebraska lost Bubba Starling to the draft, Winston and Wilson may be giving quarterbacks some new reasons to stay in college and play some football.