Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson reflects on decision to not sign with Orioles in 2007

Jon Meoli
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Russell Wilson chose college and a two-sport life, but it was "defintitely a consideration" to join Orioles.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson said it was “definitely a consideration” to sign with the Orioles when they drafted him in the 41st round of the 2007 baseball draft.

“I had gotten calls in the first and second and third round, and the Orioles wanted to take me then,” Wilson said on a conference call with Baltimore reporters Wednesday.

“I contemplated it or whatever, and I just told them I wanted to play two sports, so that was kind of my decision to go play at [North Carolina State], and obviously growing up near Baltimore, I’ve got a lot of family there in the Maryland area and D.C.”

Wilson played both baseball and football at North Carolina State, and played two years of professional baseball in the Colorado Rockies system. He made it to Single-A Asheville before deciding to solely focus on football.

The Texas Rangers, however, selected him in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft two years ago, and he has participated in spring training with them each of the past two years.

Football hasn't exactly failed Wilson, though. His .717 winning percentage is second-best among active quarterbacks behind New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, and he rates second behind Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers with a 100.2 career passer rating.

Wilson has led the Seahawks to two straight Super Bowls, winning the first.

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