Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Wilson says finances not huge factor in decision

N.C. State quarterback Russell Wilson downplayed the idea Tuesday that family financial concerns will affect his decision on whether he will leave school to pursue a pro baseball career next summer.

Wilson, who's a third-year sophomore in football and will play his third year of baseball in the spring, will be eligible for the major league baseball draft in June. His father suffered a stroke in the summer of 2008, and N.C. State football coach Tom O'Brien said in July that family health issues could cause him to leave N.C. State after just two football seasons.

But Wilson downplayed that concern Tuesday during his weekly news conference with reporters.

"It's not a huge factor for me," he said. "I know the Lord will bless me at the right time whenever it is, whether it's in the spring time, whether it's in the fall of next year or whether it's the spring after that. So I'm not really worried about that. In terms of financial reasons, like I said, I feel like the right situation will happen at the right time."

Wilson reiterated his desire to be a Hall of Fame major league baseball player and quarterback. He hasn't announced a timetable for deciding on his football future at N.C. State, and O'Brien doesn't expect to discuss the issue with Wilson until after the football season ends.

Wilson expects to earn his degree from N.C. State in the spring of 2010.

Ken Tysiac

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a classy guy. He represents NC State so well. May he get the full value of the reward he deserves in its proper time.

Anonymous said...

when you aren't winning, at least be classy....Wilson is certainly that.

i look fwd to seeing him play for a winner someday.

i wonder how great at bball he will be, if he were truly great i think he'd be gone already

Anonymous said...

no matter how great you are, if you go to college you arent eligible for the baseball draft til after your junior year. so for him to be "gone already" isnt really an option

Anonymous said...

this guy has a wicked curveball, i can't wait to see him in the bigs.

Anonymous said...

He plays second base...not sure how many curve balls he is throwing

Anonymous said...

wilson will be another great wolfpack alumni in pro sports....this is so awesome.

maybe he'll play with the white sox and we can watch him come up through charlotte.

if we only had a stadium uptown to revitalize the city.....................................................

Anonymous said...

"O'Brien doesn't expect to discuss the issue with Wilson until after the football season ends."

So that means they could've actually begun discussing it a month ago.

Anonymous said...

Given the amount of injuries that Wilson has suffered during his 2 years as QB, he would be wise to explore the draft and start to prepare for a future in baseball.

Mark said...

A ray of sunshine in a rather dark, disappointing season is Russell Wilson. Let's hope he stays another season, but IF NOT, best wishes in accomplishing a great deal so young.

The Reid said...

Wilson would be stupid not to leave for professional baseball. That's clearly where his future is at and he's getting beat up in football. He can't afford to get injured and mess up his future.

Anonymous said...

Best of luck to him whatever he does.

In response to an earlier comment...as a White Sox I'd love to have him, but our first rd pick this past draft will be our starting 2nd baseman next season.