Tim Tebow made his name as a football star, but after things in the NFL didn’t work out for the former Florida Gators quarterback, he’s taking his talents to baseball. Tebow signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets in September 2016 after putting on a showcase for MLB scouts earlier in the summer.
While Tebow will be a long shot to get to the majors, the Mets and Tebow have both said that Tebow’s move to baseball is not about publicity. Tebow will start his minor league career in the fall instructional league at the age of 29 after spending the early parts of his career trying to make it in the NFL. Tebow showed off above-average power and solid hitting skills in his MLB showcase, but he disappointed a bit in the fielding portions of the event.
Update: Tebow's been playing pretty well in the minor leagues. Tebow has hit a bunch of home runs (we've been tracking them here) and got a promotion up from his first assignment. Tebow told Men's Fitness about the transition to baseball.
“In football, you would train to have your body be fully prepared on Sunday to go as fast as you can go,” Tebow said. “In baseball, you can't just train to peak for one game because you've got it the next day, and the rest of the month. It’s the mindset, too. You can't do as much ‘willing your team to win,’ so I’ve been focused on the things that I can control.”
At 6’3”, 245 pounds, there’s no doubt that Tebow has the athletic tools to be a baseball player, but he’ll be trying to get back into a sport he hasn’t played regularly since high school. Tebow’s college football resume is hard to beat: He led the Gators to two national championships and won the Heisman Trophy in 2007.
After dominating college football with the Florida Gators, it looked like Tim Tebow would get the chance to do the same at the NFL level, but things didn’t quite work out that way. The Denver Broncos made Tebow a first-round pick and gave him the chance to start—including in a fantastic playoff win against the Pittsburgh Steelers that saw Tebow hit Demaryius Thomas for the winning touchdown in overtime—but once Peyton Manning became available, it was bye-bye for Tebow.
After bouncing between the New York Jets, New England Patriots, and Philadelphia Eagles, Tebow now will try and get it done in a whole new sport.