Russell Wilson, the 25-year-old who became the second Black quarterback to win a Super Bowl, already has his sets sights on life off the field. He wants to become owner of an NFL or Major League Baseball team.
Or “maybe even both,” he told the Wall Street Journal.
“For me, I’d love to get around to as many people as I can,” said Wilson, a third-round draft choice by Seattle in 2012. “Because at the end of the day, I want to learn as much as I can so that way, in my future — down the road after playing 20 years hopefully for the Seahawks — I can do that.”
Wilson, who became a Super Bowl champion in leading the Seahawks last month over Denver, was a fourth-round draft pick of the Colorado Rockies in 2010 and was selected by the Texas Rangers in the Rule 5 draft in December. He discussed his ownership aspirations while explaining his decision to visit Texas’ spring training facility next week.
Wilson would not be the first high-profile athlete to venture into team ownership.
Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and David Beckham are among the notable sports stars who have owned at least minority shares of North American major sports franchises after their playing careers.
“The biggest thing is networking, first of all, and doing your job well,” Wilson said. “Whenever you do something, do it the best that you possibly can and produce all the time — whether it’s playing football or communicating.”