Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson was driving to the VMAC this morning when his phone rang — 6:15 or 6:30 a.m. he estimated.
“It’s from Arlington, Texas,” Wilson recalled today. “I’m like, who is calling right now? Anyway, I pick up and it’s Jon Daniels, the GM from the Texas Rangers. He said they drafted me today.”
Wilson, who spent two years playing in the Colorado Rockies’ organization, said he didn’t even know he was eligible to be taken in today’s Rule 5 Draft.
“It’s a pretty cool thing,” Wilson said. “It’s my third time being drafted in baseball, so it’s a blessing for sure. At the same time, my focus is on football. Mr. Daniels and I talked about that, obviously. They knew that, but they just wanted to let me know that they got my rights from the Colorado Rockies. Anyway, it’s a blessing for sure but my focus is on football and what we are doing here.”
The Rangers later said they selected Wilson primarily hoping he might do some motivational speaking to young players during spring training. Wilson said that’s something he’d be willing to do.
“Yeah definitely talking to their players and going down there,” he said. “I’m sure I will go down there for spring training and talk to some of their players and hang out some. It would be kind of a cool experience. But that’s down the road. I’m trying to win a game this week and we’ll see what happens from there.’’
You can see what Wilson had to say about being taken by the Rangers in the video below: