Wisconsin Quarterback Russell Wilson Quits Baseball, Will Focus Solely On Football
Russell Wilson, a two-sport star who excelled at the University of Wisconsin as both a quarterback and a second baseman, has opted to commit to football long-term. He has informed the Colorado Rockies that he will not report to spring training in 2012.
Wilson appeared in 61 games last season with the Asheville Tourists, the Rockies' Class A affiliate. He hit .228 with three home runs, 15 RBIs and 15 stolen bases. Rather than pursue baseball further, he will instead focus his future efforts on the gridiron.
"I want to put all my focus in football and see where it takes me," Wilson told Pete Thamel of the New York Times.
Wilson finished ninth in the Heisman Trophy voting as a senior this past season. He led the Badgers to an 11-3 season; they toppled Michigan State on Dec. 3 to win the Big Ten championship but lost the Rose Bowl to Oregon on Jan. 2. Wilson finished his senior year with 3,175 yards, 33 touchdowns and four interceptions. It was his only season in Madison -- he had transferred after three seasons at North Carolina State.