Wilson to visit Rangers' camp at end of March

Seahawks quarterback will dress for game vs. Padres, meet with Minor Leaguers

Wilson to visit Rangers' camp at end of March

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who has led his team to back-to-back Super Bowl appearances, will make his annual visit to the Rangers' camp on March 28 when they play the Padres.

Wilson will work out with the Rangers in the morning, dress out for the game and have a group session with the Minor League players later in the day. Wilson was in camp last year as well on March 3.

"From my standpoint, it is a big deal to have a world-class athlete around your athletes," manager Jeff Banister said. "He has done something that each one of these players aspire to do, and that's win a world championship. Anytime you have a guy like that in camp, it is a big deal to be able to share experiences and leadership values."

Wilson is a two-sport athlete who played two years as an infielder in the Rockies' organization in 2010-11. That career path ended when he was drafted by the Seahawks in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft. But the Rangers still took him in the Minor League phase of the 2013 Rule 5 Draft because they felt he could have an impact on young players, even if only occasionally.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.