Now that his NFL duties are out of the way, ending nowhere close to the way they should have, Russell Wilson can turn his attention to getting into the best shape of his life for spring training.
Wilson will be back at Texas Rangers camp this year, his second in the organization after the Rangers selected him in the minor-league portion of the 2013 Rule 5 draft. He came last year for a day, dressing for infield drills and watching a Cactus League game from the dugout.
More importantly, as far as the Rangers are concerned, Wilson was available to speak to players who wanted to get insight on what Wilson does to be a Super Bowl-winning quarterback.
Especially inquisitive was infielder Jurickson Profar, who was one of two players in the organization invited to a dinner with Wilson. The other was Chris Bostick, who was traded to Washington in December.
The idea to bring Wilson back to Surprise, Ariz., didn’t just pop up this week. General manager Jon Daniels said that the Rangers heard from the Wilson camp in November and the sides have stayed in contact.
The shine isn’t off of Wilson, who threw an interception from the New England 1-yard line with only seconds remaining as Seattle what marching for the lead in Super Bowl XLIX. He didn’t have a checkout play to a run, which everyone in the world except the Seahawks’ coaching staff thought was the prudent call.
Wilson took responsibility for the loss, which is what leaders do.
Adrian Beltre rates as the Rangers’ most accountable player. He made no excuses last season, even when the club was ravaged by injuries and the mistakes that come with inexperienced players getting big-league tryouts. Derek Holland, Matt Harrison and Elvis Andrus know how to take their lumps, too.
Wilson has plenty of lumps after Sunday night’s late-game fiasco on an interception on a play that should have never been called. He took the blame when coach Pete Carroll, who is still trying to explain his decision to throw rather than give the ball to running back Marshawn Lynch, is the one who coughed up the game.
That’s something the Rangers’ young players need to emulate.
Jeff Wilson, 817-390-7760