Former Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson Tells Rockies He Will Pursue Football

Former Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Russell Wilson has notified the Colorado Rockies that he will not be attending spring training because he's chosen to pursue a football career, according to Joe Schad of ESPN.

Wilson spent last season with Wisconsin after transferring from N.C. State, but he's also a top baseball prospect that the Rockies drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 draft. He played in 93 minor league games within the Rockies organization over the past two years, accumulating a .229/.354/.366 line while playing second base.

Now he's committed to football, though, after an exceptional season leading the Badgers. Wilson led Wisconsin to an 11-2 record during the regular season before the Badgers lost 45-38 in a shootout against the Oregon Ducks in the Rose Bowl. Over those 14 games, Wilson completed 73 percent of his passes for 3175 yards, tossing 33 touchdowns compared to just four interceptions.

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