Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson would like nothing more than to beat the Lions Sunday at Ford Field to keep pace with the 49ers in the NFC West.
But the Seahawks’ rookie quarterback would like to see another Detroit team do well on Sunday and ultimately take home its third title since 1968.
Wilson said Wednesday in a conference call that he’d like to see Justin Verlander and the Tigers win the World Series this year.
“I’m actually family friends with Justin Verlander,” Wilson said. “I grew up right near him. I’m rooting for the Detroit Tigers there."
Wilson grew up in the same neighborhood as Verlander in Richmond, Virginia and his older brother, Harrison, played baseball with Verlander growing up.
“My brother played with him all throughout middle school, high school, little league, all that stuff,” Wilson said.
“I just remember, obviously Justin being so dedicated to baseball and his family being so dedicated. We used to hang out all the time and just his ability, I mean, his junior year to senior year in high school he started throwing 94, 95 as a senior in high school. Then he went to college and started hitting 101.
“He was just really dedicated and, you know, I definitely admire that in terms of him.”
Wilson, who was drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 MLB Draft by the Colorado Rockies and played two seasons in the minor leagues before pursuing his football career, was a career .229 hitter before calling quits to focus on football.
It seems like a good move for Wilson.
After being selected in the third round of the NFL Draft in April, Wilson earned the Seahawks starting job over free agent Matt Flynn (remember him?) out of training camp and leads all rookie quarterbacks in wins as a starter (4) and ranks second in rush yards (119).