Bo Jackson To Russell Wilson: Stick With Football
(1090 The Fan) — One of the most prolific two-sport athletes of all-time thinks Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson should keep his talents on the football field, and not expand to the baseball diamond.
“Stick to what got [Wilson] in the headlines, not baseball,” Bo Jackson said from Chicago White Sox camp in Glendale, Arizona. “Twenty-five or 30 years ago when I did it, I’m not trying to say anything negative about other athletes, but the talent pool wasn’t that deep.”
Jackson, 51, was making the comments based off Wilson’s move earlier this month to join the Texas Rangers in spring training. Wilson is under contract with the Seahawks as well as the Texas Rangers. The Rangers picked Wilson for $12,000 in the Rule 5 minor league draft in December of last year. He was in the Rangers’ camp at the beginning of the month and participated in drills and workouts with the team.
Jackson is the only athlete to be named an All-Star in two major American sports: professional football and professional baseball. Jackson was a running back for the Los Angeles Raiders for four seasons, during which he tallied 2,782 yards and 18 touchdowns. As a player in Major League Baseball, Jackson played most of his career with the Kansas City Royals before a three-year stint with the White Sox and one season with the California Angels.
“In this day in age, with all the high-tech training, computer-engineered workouts and the proper food and diet, if you try to concentrate on two sports, I guarantee you’re going to ride the bench in both because the talent is that deep,” Jackson said.
Wilson has said winning a Super Bowl was not enough for him and that being the best quarterback to ever play the game of football is his ultimate goal. However, the two-season veteran has also said, “you never say never” when it comes to playing professional baseball again.
“I’ve always had the dream of playing two sports,” Wilson said from the Rangers’ camp in Surprise, Arizona earlier this month. “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.
Wilson has been drafted by MLB clubs three times; he hit .229 with a .350 on-base percentage in 93 games in 2010-11 in the low minors in the Colorado Rockies system.
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