SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Russell Wilson has enjoyed spending time with the Texas Rangers. Yet the Seattle Seahawks are never far from the young quarterback's mind.
While Wilson sat in the Texas Rangers dugout Monday, fans yelling "Seahawks" filled the spring training stadium.
"I couldn't expect anything less," Wilson said. "The 12th man fans were unbelievable today. They're everywhere. The 12th man fans are out in the outfield, they're on third-base line, first-base line, chanting 'Seahawks' the whole way. Hopefully the Dallas fans didn't get too mad."
Wilson threw for 3,357 yards and 26 touchdowns and helped the Seattle Seahawks rout the Denver Broncos 43-8 in the Super Bowl last month.
He also happens to be a pretty good baseball player, drafted three times and hitting .229 with a .350 on-base percentage in 93 games in 2010-11 in the low minors in the Colorado Rockies system. But he's had instant success in the NFL.
"You never say never," Wilson said. "I've always had the dream of playing two sports. If somehow it was a miracle that it could work out, I'd consider it. At the same time, my focus is winning the championship with the Seattle Seahawks and hope to be playing for a long time.
"For me, it only being my second year, yeah I won a Super Bowl and all that, but that's not enough for me. It really isn't. My goal is to be one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game, if not the best. I've got a long ways to go. I make sure I get up earlier than Tom Brady and Drew Brees and they're on the East Coast."
The Rangers picked Wilson for $12,000 in the Rule 5 minor league draft in December. He was in the Rangers' camp Monday, took ground balls in morning drills and brought the Rangers' lineup to the umpires before the game, but did not play in the 6-5 loss to Cleveland.