Deion and 49ers exec tell Wilson to go for it

December, 13, 2013
RENTON, Wash. -- Deion Sanders, a man who knows a little something about playing football and baseball at the same time, sent a twitter message to Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson on Thursday.

Take a wild guess who seconded the motion. That would be San Francisco 49ers' CEO Jed York, who retweeted Sanders' message and added: "I agree."

Wilson was selected by the Rangers in the Rule 5 draft Thursday, claimed from the Colorado Rockies for $12,000.

Wilson, who played two seasons in the Rockies' minor-league system as a second baseman, said he was flattered and will attend Rangers’ spring training briefly, but only for fun. Ranger GM Jon Daniels sees Wilson as a high-character, successful young athlete who could act as motivational speaker and a good influence on the younger Texas players.

But Sanders, who now works as a commentator for the NFL Network, obviously thinks Wilson could do more, and Sanders did. In 1989, he hit a major league home run with the New York Yankees and scored a touchdown as a rookie for the Atlanta Falcons in the same week, the only player ever to accomplish that feat. Sanders also is the only man to play in both a Super Bowl and a World Series.

Wilson said he will concentrate on football. Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll recently said there is a reason Wilson chose football.

“I heard he couldn’t hit a curveball,” Carroll said.

But if Wilson ever changes his mind and wants to give baseball another shot, at least one 49ers executive is all for it.

Terry Blount

ESPN Seattle Seahawks reporter



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