All the Texas Rangers fans in Surprise, Ariz., on Monday for spring training will be treated to something pretty cool as the Rangers' Rule 5 draft pick from December, Russell Wilson, will be in uniform working out with the club in the morning before suiting up for a Cactus League game against the Cleveland Indians later in the afternoon.
Wilson is less than a month removed from beating Peyton Manning in the Seattle Seahawks demolition of the Broncos in the Super Bowl in New York, but now he'll be ready to play his other favorite game, baseball.
Wilson was a second baseman in the Colorado Rockies organization after being drafted by the Rockies and before starting his NFL career in 2012. It's unknown what kind of workouts Wilson will participate in with the Rangers' big-leaguers and it's highly doubtful he'll actually play in the game against the Indians, but in all of his interviews Wilson has expressed excitement to join the Rangers in spring training.
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The thought has been all along that the Rangers wanted to draft him to use him in a mentoring role for their young players, which seems to fit in perfectly with Wilson, who by all accounts is an extremely high-character guy who's obviously been very successful at a young age.