Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is in New York today on a promo tour for Microsoft’s Surface.
One stop along the way was the Wall Street Journal, and in this video interview, he revealed — among other things — that he wants to own an NFL or Major League Baseball team someday.
Wilson made that revelation while answering a question about his scheduled visit to training camp with the Texas Rangers next week, saying that while he hopes to “steal a base or something,” he mostly wants to be around the team and learn as much as he can.
“I want to be an owner of a team someday, so for me I’m looking to get around as many people as I can,” he said.
As for when he might want to own a team, he said “after playing 20 years, hopefully for the Seahawks, hopefully I can do that.”
Wilson can renegotiate his initial rookie contract following the 2014 season — he’ll again be one of the great bargains in the NFL in 2014, locked into a base salary of $662,434 under terms of his initial rookie deal signed in 2012. But Wilson said he hasn’t put much thought into that process.
“For me, I’m just trying to prove myself on a regular basis and prove myself on the practice field and the game field and let the Seattle Seahawks know that I’m a franchise player,” he said.
As for what he might get paid, he said: “Who knows? I’m not worried about it. When the time comes, hopefully they will take care of me and take care of the rest of my guys.”
Wilson also appeared on the FOX News Channel’s FOX & Friends show (video clip here) and said he would have no issues playing with Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, who recently revealed he is gay. Said Wilson: “To be honest with you when I step in the huddle for the Seattle Seahawks my focus is on winning football games. Our goal is one goal and that’s to win the Super Bowl and every time we step out onto the field that’s our mindset. So when I step into the huddle I don’t care if my offensive lineman is white, black, if my receiver is Jewish or Christian, you know that has no effect on me.”
Wilson also said this on the FOX show about what he plans to do at spring training: “Ya it will be fun to just go down there and get a couple of ground balls with the guys and just share a few special moments.”
And as far as breaking the mold of NFL QBs in terms of height, he said: “I’m basically a legal midget, everybody says so. I am 5’11’’ and not too many guys have done it before but there’s a handful of guys that have done it before me. I just believed in my talent, I believed that my height doesn’t define my skill set. I believed to be a great quarterback in the National Football League you have to have tremendous leadership and attention to details and just a relentless competitive nature all the time.”