In an interview with Kevin Clark of the The Wall Street Journal, Wilson made a bold statement about what he hopes to accomplish after football, saying, "I want to be an owner of a team one day, whether it's baseball or football. Maybe even both.
Most who follow the quarterback know he was a two-sport athlete at North Carolina State, where he starred as a quarterback for his football team and did enough as an outstanding infielder on the baseball diamond to be drafted by the Colorado Rockies.
Already, at the age of 25, the young signal-caller has accomplished what most people could never dream of while overcoming questions about his capabilities on the gridiron from the college level on up through the pros.
He is known for keeping a cool head under pressure and for being able to keep his eyes downfield when plays break down during NFL games. These traits have allowed him to thrive at the highest level of pro sports, and his comments about wanting to own a sports team (or two) show he's adept at looking ahead in life as well.
Wilson will be participating in spring training with the Texas Rangers in 2014, as noted by Ian Rapoport of NFL.com:
Mark Rodgers, Wilson’s agent: “GM Jon Daniels called & invited Russell to Surprise, AZ to come to spring training. He’ll take BP, grounders”— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 12, 2013
Seahawks fans shouldn't be worried about him attempting a two-sport career, however, as his agent relayed to Rapoport:
Could Russell Wilson actually play 2 sports? Agent Mark Rodgers: “I couldn't imagine a scenario where he could play both at the same time”— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 12, 2013
"I love to get around as many people as I can," Wilson said, regarding his excursion into baseball this spring. "I want to learn as much as I can so that way in my future, down the road after playing 20 years—hopefully for the Seahawks—I can [own a team]."
These aren't the comments of a young kid who is just living it up. Wilson is demonstrating an incredible forward-thinking approach to life outside football.
"The biggest thing is networking and doing your job well. Whenever you do something, do it the best you possibly can and produce all the time, whether it's football or communicating," Wilson said. "You want to put your best foot forward."
In an era when so many young players blow through their rookie contracts without thinking of their futures, Wilson's approach to his future is not only refreshing, but it's also remarkable. Clearly, the young man has a good head on his shoulders and is serious about planning for a successful future.
The road to owning a professional sports team won't be easy, however.
Darin Gantt of Pro Football Talk elaborates:
Wilson can’t renegotiate his cheapskate rookie deal until after the 2014 season, and even then, he’s going to have to play a long time — and invest wisely — to go from rich player money to wealthy owner money. Panthers owner Jerry Richardson is the only former player to own a team, and it took him decades in the restaurant business after his playing days to accumulate the kind of wealth needed.
For now, the best thing Wilson can do to help his goal become a reality is continue excelling on the gridiron. Continued success breeds endorsement deals and shiny new contracts, which he'll need plenty of to earn enough capital to own a team.
He's in a phenomenal situation to win a couple more championships with the Seahawks. No team in the league boasts as much talent and balance on the roster as Seattle, and the scary thing is that this team still has plenty of room to grow—especially on offense.
For now, the dream of owning a pro team is still decades away, but Wilson's history of overcoming long odds proves he's up to the task.
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