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Prospect Flashback: Picturing Russell Wilson As A Tourists/Rockies 2B Before He Became Seahawks QB

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Player: Russell Wilson (MiLB career stats)/(NFL career stats)

Caption 1: Asheville Tourists second baseman Russell Wilson swings at a pitch during a game against the Rome Braves at McCormick Field on June 23, 2011 in Asheville, North Carolina.  The Tourists won the game 10-4.

Caption 2: Asheville Tourists second baseman Russell Wilson makes a throw to first during a game against the Rome Braves at McCormick Field on June 23, 2011 in Asheville, North Carolina.  The Tourists won the game 10-4.

Photographer: Tony Farlow/Four Seam Images

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Wilson’s NFL rise is no surprise to Rockies

Russell Wilson never pulled any punches.

From the first day Colorado Rockies scouting director Bill Schmidt talked to him, Wilson was up front about his long-range plans.

“He wanted to be Bo Jackson, Deion Sanders, Brian Jordan,” said Schmidt. “He wanted to play in the NFL and in the Major Leagues.”

Schmidt always has had a penchant for taking a shot in the First-Year Player Draft on football players, including Michael Vick after his junior year at Virginia Tech. And he was willing to give Wilson the opportunity to fulfill the baseball portion of his dream, signing Wilson as a fourth-round pick out of North Carolina State University in 2010.

Some day, Wilson may make good on the baseball part of the equation.

Read the rest of MLB.com’s story here.

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