Ex-Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson hits 3 home runs during Yankees batting practice

Russell Wilson has no intention of playing professional baseball. He’s sure of it. Completely sure of it. Completely, probably, sure of it.

Nevertheless, there Wilson was on Monday, not practicing his spiral but digging into the dirt of the batter’s box at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla., clad in Yankees pinstripes and navy-blue team pullover.

To be sure, Wilson is fully committed to his job as starting quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks. But the former Wisconsin signal caller is with the Yankees for spring training as non-roster invitee, and in his first day in camp, he launched three home runs during batting practice.

This isn’t Wilson’s first time dabbling in Major League Baseball. He was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the fifth round of the 2007 MLB Draft, but instead attended N.C. State on a football scholarship. After the 2010 season, he reported to spring training with the Colorado Rockies, who had drafted him in the fourth round of the 2010 MLB Draft. He played for the Rockies’ organization a bit that season and the next, then transferred to Wisconsin for his final season of college football eligibility.

He focused on his football career after a successful 2011 campaign with the Badgers, throwing for 33 touchdowns against four interceptions. But after the Texas Rangers acquired him in the 2013 Rule 5 Draft, he attended Texas’ spring training in 2014 and 2015, taking the opportunity to mingle with the players and impart some words of wisdom.

It appears he’s doing the same this year for the Yankees, who traded for him Feb. 7. But, hey, that swing doesn’t look bad.

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