Russell Wilson to be featured on baseball card as a Texas Ranger

Russell Wilson to be featured on baseball card as a Texas Ranger
Photo of Russell Wilson's baseball card to be printed by Topps and made as part of a limited edition card in their Bowman series to be released in April. (Photo courtesy: Topps Inc.)
DALLAS -- Quarterback Russell Wilson may be the leading his Seattle Seahawks into the Super Bowl this weekend, but the former baseball prospect will soon be hanging out alongside the likes of Robinson Cano, Justin Verlander and Clayton Kershaw -- inside packs of baseball cards.

Topps vice president of product development Clay Luraschi told ESPNDallas.com a card featuring Wilson in a Texas Rangers uniform will be available in late April as limited edition card in Topps' Bowman series.

Wilson was selected by the Texas Rangers from the Colorado Rockies last month during the Triple-A portion of baseball's winter meeting draft.

"Will he ever play for the Rangers? We don't know," Luraschi told ESPN. "But we thought we'd make a card to let people know what it would look like if he did."

Wilson, who played minor league baseball for parts of two seasons before becoming an NFL star, is on Texas' restricted list.

Wilson was drafted as a second baseman by the Rockies in the fourth round of the 2010 amateur draft out of North Carolina State, where he excelled at both baseball and football. In two seasons at the Class A level he hit .229 with five homers and 26 RBIs.

In 2011, he left the Rockies for football at the University of Wisconsin. He was required to return to the Rockies a part of his $200,000 signing bonus.

The Rangers paid $12,000 to select Wilson and hope to use him during football's offseason to help teach his work ethic and positive message to Rangers players. Wilson earlier told ESPN.com he's going to head down to the Rangers' spring training facility in Surprise, Ariz., this March to hang out with the team.

The Associated Press contributed to this report