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Russell Wilson First Pitch: Seahawks QB Throws 98-MPH Pitch Before Mariners-Yankees Game (VIDEO)

06/10/2013 11:49 am ET

The Seattle Mariners topped the New York Yankees 4-1 on Friday at Safeco Field, but the highlight of the night may have belonged to Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. The 24-year-old had been invited by the Mariners to toss the evening's ceremonial first pitch. He did not disappoint, delivering a 98-mph fastball right off the plate.

That Wilson proved an above-average celebrity first pitch thrower should come as no surprise, though. After all, he was once a closer and second baseman for North Carolina State and was drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 MLB Draft by the Colorado Rockies.

Wilson transferred from N.C. State to Wisconsin in 2011 to focus exclusively on his football career. And, judging from his 11-5 rookie season and appearance in the NFC Divisional Round, Wilson probably made the right choice.

Still, it's impossible to watch him throw heat like that and not at least momentarily think, "What if?"

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