On Sunday, rookie Russell Wilson makes the trip to Detroit for his Seattle Seahawks to take on the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Perhaps when that game is over, Wilson will want to stick around and make the trip across the street to Comerica Park to watch Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers in the MLB World Series.
Wilson had a small minor league career in baseball and was drafted by MLB teams on two different occasions. This led a reporter to ask Wilson who he was rooting for in this year’s World Series. Wilson said the easy choice was to root for the Detroit Tigers as Justin Verlander is an old family friend. “I’m actually family friends with Justin Verlander, I grew up right near him. I’m rooting for the Detroit Tigers there.”
The Seahawks starting quarterback grew up in Richmond, Virginia with Verlander and the two families were close. Russell’s brother Harrison attended middle school, and high school with Verlander and even played little league with him. Harrison would go on to play baseball at the University of Richmond.
Russell was drafted in the 41st round of the 2007 MLB Draft by the Baltimore Orioles. Wilson would pass on the deal and chose to stay at NC State to play baseball, basketball, and football. In the 2010 MLB Draft, Wilson was drafted by the Colorado Rockies. Wilson would play two seasons of minor league baseball with Rockies farm teams.
In 2010, Wilson played with the Tri-City Dust Devils. While playing second base, Wilson hit .230 with two home runs and eleven RBIs. The following season, Wilson played for the Asheville Tourists, where he hit .228 with three home runs, and fifteen RBIs.
Wilson told the Rockies that he would not be reporting to 2012 spring training. Wilson chose to get ready for the 2012 NFL draft, where he was ultimately taken by the Seahawks. While a starter for the Seahawks, Wilson has a 4-3 record and will be looking to continue his league leading total of wins by a rookie quarterback. In Wilson’s world, the Tigers would be the only Detroit team to win on Sunday.