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Russell Wilson Turned Down Spot on 'Dancing with the Stars'

Seattle Seahawks' quarterback Russell Wilson holds the Lombardi Trophy after the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Seahawks won 43-8. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 2, 2014

Maybe Russell Wilson can work on his dance moves when he's not preparing to defend a Super Bowl title.

The Seattle Seahawks quarterback revealed to Access Hollywood that he has turned down multiple offers to appear on Dancing with the Stars, per ESPN.

"I have been invited, twice actually," Wilson said. "After my rookie year, I got invited to do Dancing with the Stars, and then after this year, I got invited to do Dancing with the Stars."

He added that while competing on the show is something he'd want to do in the future, for now all of his attention is on the 2014 NFL season.

"I need to focus on my football career right now," Wilson said. "I'm trying to do as much as I can in terms of winning football games for the Seattle Seahawks and our franchise. But I will do it at some point, for sure."

Plenty of current and former NFL stars have appeared on Dancing with the Stars. Donald Driver, Emmitt Smith and Hines Ward won in their respective seasons, while Warren Sapp, Jerry Rice and Jason Taylor finished runners-up.

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The difference between Wilson and many of those before him is that they were either retired or in the twilight of their careers when they appeared on the show. They also weren't the starting quarterback on the team that just lifted the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

The two-time Pro Bowler is also booked solid through the offseason. Along with his training camp preparations, he's heading to the Texas Rangers' spring training facility in Surprise, Ariz., after the organization selected him in the Rule 5 draft in December.

Rangers manager Ron Washington says while Wilson will be involved, he won't play in a live game (via T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com):

This guy is a Super Bowl champ. They don't want him to come down here and get hurt. The guy hasn't seen a pitch. I'm not running him up there. It ain't going to happen. ...

... We're just going to bring him in here, let him get acclimated, let him speak to the guys and let him enjoy his day at the ballpark. Our intention is to bring him in here and try and see if there is anything he can say that can help anybody wearing a baseball uniform. The guy is a winner, he has tremendous character and attitude and he is committed to what he does.

If Wilson ever competes on Dancing with the Stars, he could be a contender. He's agile in the pocket and is personable enough to win over non-football fans.

In the meantime, he'll have to settle for possibly winning another Super Bowl or two.

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