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.