The New York Yankees made a giant splash in the offseason when they traded for Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton. Now, they’ve added a Super Bowl-winning quarterback. You read that correctly.
For those of you who aren’t aware, Wilson was drafted by the Colorado Rockies with the 140th pick in the 2010 MLB draft. The Rangers acquired him through the Rule 5 draft in 2013. Though the Super Bowl 47 champion appeared in the 2014 and 2015 spring training programs, Wilson has not appeared in an MLB game.
Wilson “has long expressed a desire to play for the Yankees,” per Crasnick, though he isn’t interested in leaving the NFL to join the Pinstripes. As such, this move should not scare Seahawks fans the slightest bit.
Wilson signed a four-year contract extension worth $87.6 million in 2015, and is signed through the 2019 season. Given his rise as one of the NFL’s most lethal passers – and the fact he’s stayed remarkably healthy throughout his career – it’s tough to envision Wilson ever leaving football for baseball.
Of course, some legendary athletes managed to succeed in two sports. NFL Hall of Famer Deion ‘Primetime’ Sanders won two Super Bowls and batted a respectable .263 with 39 home runs in his MLB career. Bo Jackson – a former Pro Bowler and Heisman Trophy winner – batted .250 in his brief MLB career and was a 1989 All-Star selection.
Michael Jordan – the greatest NBA player of all-time with six NBA championships – tried out a pro baseball career with the Chicago White Sox. But the GOAT never made it big on the diamond, failing to appear in an MLB game.
So relax, Seahawks fans. Wilson is staying in the NFL for as long as his body will let him. Unlike Sanders and Jackson, he doesn’t have the desire to play two different sports while in his prime athletic years.
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