Russell Wilson has been traded, but before all the Seattle Seahawks fans start to panic out there, it’s not exactly what you think.
Wilson has always been a two-sport athlete and despite being the Seahawks quarterback, the NFL star has also played some professional baseball.
The Texas Rangers selected Wilson in the minor league phase of the 2013 Rule 5 Draft and after five years they finally decided to trade him to another team. The New York Yankees now own the baseball rights to the electric two-sport athlete.
Thank you Texas…Hello New York.
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) February 7, 2018
What does this mean for the Seattle Seahawks? Most likely nothing, according to Wilson’s statement on the trade.
“While football is my passion and my livelihood, baseball remains a huge part of where I came from and who I am today. I’ve learned so much on the baseball field that translates to my game physically and mentally playing quarterback in the NFL,” Wilson said. “I thank the Rangers and their great fans for making me feel at home and a part of the family! While I embrace the chance to be a New York Yankee, I will forever be grateful to have been a part of a world class organization like the Texas Rangers
During his time with the Rangers Wilson visited Spring Training a few times where he primarily served as a guest speaker. In New York he’s expected to do just that.