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“Future Hit 3 Homers”: Russell Wilson’s Kids With Ciara Can Fulfill Father’s Forlorn MLB Dreams

Published 04/22/2024, 9:30 AM EDT

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Russell Wilson’s name is synonymous with greatness on the gridiron. The talented quarterback, a Super Bowl champion with the Seattle Seahawks, has carved his legacy as one of the best in the league. But before he began his career with the Seahawks, he was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 2010 MLB Draft. He eventually made the decision to pursue a football career, but his baseball aspirations could be realized by his sons.

Wilson’s recent social media post may have caught the attention of his fans, not for a record-breaking play or a blockbuster trade rumor, but for something far more heartwarming: his sons’ success on the baseball field.

Russell Wilson ecstatic after his “two boys” show baseball skills

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Russell Wilson was selected in the MLB Draft twice before entering the NFL. In 2007 the Orioles picked him in the 41st round of the 2007 MLB Draft. But Wilson opted to continue his career at NC State. Then in 2010, Rockies went for him before he finally joined the Seahawks in the NFL Draft in 2012. Thus Wilson, who spent two seasons in the minor leagues with the Rockies, never played in the MLB. But his sons could fulfill their father’s abandoned dream.

Wilson uploaded a photo on X, posing with his sons Future and Win. In the photo, all three can be seen smiling as Win is holding a baseball bat. In the caption Wilson wrote, “My Two Boys are Ballers! Future hit 3 Homers Today & Win & him had a blast at Picture day! Thankful I get to raise & teach em how to be Boys and Become Men. God is Good!”.

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This post celebrating his sons’ home run performance reignited the question of whether his children might pursue baseball professionally. While it’s still too early to say for sure, Wilson’s background and his sons’ apparent interest in the sport paint an intriguing picture. In fact, Future’s interest in the sport isn’t anything new. 

Last year, the Steelers QB posted a video on Instagram that captured Future’s first-ever home run as his mother Ciara cheered in the background. Wilson and his son had stayed on to practice after Future’s game had ended and it led to an endearing moment.

ABC News details how Russell Wilson, along with his wife Ciara, prioritizes instilling a love for sportsmanship and hard work in all their children, including their son Future Zahir Wilburn from Ciara’s previous relationship. Their daughter, Sienna Princess Wilson, has also shown a passion for music, but there’s no denying that sports hold a special place in this family.

There’s another factor to consider: Wilson’s own drive and work ethic. Reporters consistently describe Wilson as a dedicated athlete who puts in the extra hours to hone his skills. This dedication is a recipe for success in any sport, and there’s a good chance Wilson is passing this valuable trait on to his sons. And as mentioned earlier, baseball was once a serious contender for his athletic career.

Wilson was selected by the Texas Rangers in the 2013 Rule 5 Draft

Wilson was drafted not once, but twice, in the Major League Baseball Draft but he didn’t play in the league professionally. Instead, he went ahead to pursue his NFL career, but his baseball journey didn’t end there.

After just two seasons in the minor leagues with the Rockies, he was selected by the Texas Rangers in the 2013 Rule 5 Draft—a surprising turn of events considering Wilson was already establishing himself as a star quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks. The purpose of the Rule 5 Draft is to prevent teams from stockpiling young talent in the minor leagues, and Wilson, despite his newfound football fame, was still technically considered a prospect by the Rockies.

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The Rangers, however, weren’t expecting Wilson to suit up for their team. Instead, they, along with the New York Yankees, who acquired Wilson’s rights in 2018, were more interested in his leadership and work ethic, hoping he would inspire their players during spring training. So, while his MLB career never materialized, it’s clear that his baseball talent was undeniable.

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Now, whether Russell Wilson’s sons will take the field professionally remains to be seen. But one thing is certain: with a talented father as their coach and cheerleader and the support of their loving family, these boys have the potential to hit a home run on whatever path they choose.

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Shrabana Sengupta is an MLB writer at EssentiallySports. Shrabana shot to fame when she covered two prime MLB events: the 2023 World Series and the Free Agency that followed. During the 2023 World Series, Shrabana wrote her unfeigned perspectives on the Texas Rangers’ Corey Seager and his wife, the 27x World Series Champions’ heartbreaking season, and later covered Shohei Ohtani’s highly anticipated record-breaking contract in 2023-24.
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