Russell Wilson to visit Rangers spring training on March 28

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson will attend Texas Rangers spring training camp on March 28.
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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilsonwill attend Texas Rangers spring training camp on March 28.

Wilson is scheduled to train with Rangers players, dress for a game against the San Diego Padres and later have a "group session" with Minor League players.

"From my standpoint, it is a big deal to have a world-class athlete around your athletes," Texas manager Jeff Banister said. "He has done something that each one of these players aspire to do, and that's win a world championship. Anytime you have a guy like that in camp, it is a big deal to be able to share experiences and leadership values."

Wilson made an appearance at the Rangers' spring training facility in Surprise, Ariz., last year after Seattle's Super Bowl XLVIII victory over the Denver Broncos, mostly taking infield fielding reps and talking with the team’s minor leaguers.

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Wilson played baseball in high school and was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 41st round of the 2007 MLB draft before going to North Carolina State to play quarterback.

Wilson was drafted again as a second baseman by the Colorado Rockies in the fourth round of the 2010 draft and played second base in Single-A ball for two seasons with Tri-City and Asheville. He hit .230 in 32 games with Tri-City in 2010 and .228 with Asheville in 2011.

The Rangers acquired Wilson from the Rockies in December 2013 in the Major League Baseball Rule 5 draft.

In last month's Super Bowl, Wilson completed 12 of 21 pass attempts for 247 yards with two touchdowns and one interception as the Seahawks fell 28-24 to the New England Patriots.

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