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Originally published Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:20 PM

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Try this: Russell Wilson, team owner?

During a promotional media tour for Microsoft on Tuesday, Wilson revealed that he’d like to someday own an NFL or Major League Baseball team.


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Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson likes to talk of always trying to stay in the moment.

That doesn’t mean he hasn’t already thought about his plans well into the future, though.

During a promotional media tour for Microsoft on Tuesday, Wilson revealed that he’d like to someday own an NFL or Major League Baseball team.

Wilson made that comment during an interview with the Wall Street Journal while answering a question about his scheduled visit to training camp with the Texas Rangers in Surprise, Ariz., on Monday. Wilson said that while he hopes to “steal a base or something,’’ he mostly wants to be around the team and learn as much as he can about the organization. I want to be an owner of a team someday, so for me I’m looking to get around as many people as I can.”

As for when he might want to own a team, he said, “After playing 20 years, hopefully for the Seahawks, hopefully I can do that.’’

Wilson can renegotiate his initial rookie contract after the 2014 season. He’ll again be one of the great bargains in the NFL this coming season, locked into a base salary of $662,434 under terms of his initial rookie deal signed in 2012. But Wilson said he hasn’t put much thought into that process.

“For me, I’m just trying to prove myself on a regular basis and prove myself on the practice field and the game field and let the Seattle Seahawks know that I’m a franchise player,’’ he told the Journal.

As for what he might get paid, he said: “Who knows? I’m not worried about it. When the time comes, hopefully they will take care of me and take care of the rest of my guys.’’

Wilson, appearing on FOX News Channel’s “FOX & Friends,” said he would have no issues playing with Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, who revealed he is gay.

“To be honest with you, when I step in the huddle for the Seattle Seahawks, my focus is on winning football games,’’ Wilson said. “Our goal is one goal and that’s to win the Super Bowl, and every time we step out onto the field that’s our mindset. So when I step into the huddle, I don’t care if my offensive lineman is white, black, if my receiver is Jewish or Christian. You know that has no effect on me.”

As for his time in spring training with the Rangers — he was taken by Texas in the Rule 5 Draft and played two years in the minors for the Rockies — Wilson said: “Yeah, it will be fun to just go down there and get a couple of ground balls with the guys and just share a few special moments.”



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