Wednesday, June 9, 2010

RUSSEL WILSON DRAFTED BY ROCKIES BUT STILL WANTS TO PLAY FOOTBALL FOR PACK

By J.P. Giglio - Raleigh News & Observer/ACC NOW

N.C. State's Russell Wilson still can't decide if he wants to play football or baseball, so he plans to continue to do both.

In fact, Wilson's baseball future is with the Colorado Rockies, after they chose him in the fourth round of the Major League Baseball draft on Tuesday. Wilson said he will still play football for the Wolfpack this fall but only after he signs with the Rockies and spends the summer in their minor league system.

"I love them both, and that's why I play them both," Wilson said Tuesday.

Wilson said the Rockies know his situation and he was confident they would allow him to continue his football career.
"We've talked about it, and we'll continue to talk and figure this thing out," Wilson said.
A spokesman for the Rockies declined to comment on Wilson's situation.

As a fourth-round pick, No. 140 overall, Wilson can expect a signing bonus of about $250,000, according to Baseball America's John Manuel.
It's not unprecedented for baseball teams to allow prospects to play college football, Manuel said, citing Drew Henson, Ricky Williams and former North Carolina quarterback Mike Thomas as examples of former college football players who have done both.
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