Part-time New York Yankees second baseman Russell Wilson has a new job: TV personality.
The Seattle Seahawks quarterback and offseason Renaissance man will take over for now-Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden at ESPN and mentor NFL prospects in a series of SportsCenter specials in April, the network announced.
In advance of the April 26-28 NFL Draft, Wilson will work with quarterback prospects and former Penn State running back Saquon Barkley in 30-minute specials called “QB2QB.”
Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett, Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph are scheduled to appear on the show.
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“Jon Gruden’s QB Camp was one of my favorite experiences of the NFL draft process because it helped prepare me for some of the physical and mental demands of playing in the NFL,” Wilson said in a statement published by ESPN.
“Now, I’m excited to have the opportunity to meet Baker, Saquon, Mason and J.T. to try to help them get ready for the next level as part of ESPN’s QB2QB. At the same time, I look forward to feeding off their energy and excitement as I prepare myself for the new experiences that await me this season.”
In the shows, Wilson is expected to share his NFL experiences with the prospects while his cognitive coach, Trevor Moawad, also works with the player.
The four-time Pro Bowler’s TV program will come on the heals of a short stint at spring training with the New York Yankees.
No word if Wilson’s wife, Ciara, will be on the show.