Russell Wilson debuts at Rangers spring training camp

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Wilson, who was drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 MLB Draft by the Rockies, was picked up by the Rangers in the Rule 5 Draft last December. He made his spring training debut on Monday with hundreds of onlookers.

Super Bowl XLVIII champion Russell Wilson took his talents to the baseball diamond on Monday as a second baseman with the Texas Rangers.

Wilson was drafted by the Orioles out of high school, but he elected to play at North Carolina State (and eventually Wisconsin) instead. The Rockies selected him in the fourth round of the 2010 draft. He played sparingly with the Rockies' minor league affiliates before being taken by the Seahawks in the third round of the 2012 draft.

After being placed on the restricted list for more than a year, the Rangers selected him in the Rule 5 Draft last December and invited him to spring training, not so much because they expected him to play but to get some Super Bowl-winning sangfroid to rub off on their players.

Wilson was the most popular man on the diamond on Monday, with hundreds of fans hoping to get autographs. There were even some No. 3 shirseys spotted in the crowd, as well as plenty of Seahawks gear.

While Wilson is taking his time with Rangers seriously, there is no reason for the 12th Man to worry; their prized quarterback is expected back for summer workouts as the Seahawks begin preparations for the 2014 season.

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