Tim Tebow, the former Heisman Trophy winner, knockabout NFL QB, and darling of homeschooled Christians everywhere, is looking to add a new title to his resume: professional baseball player. Tebow’s agents told ESPN their client is pursuing a major league deal and will organize a late August workout, with all 30 MLB teams invited to attend.
So, is The Show just a pipedream for the famously upbeat Tebow? Or a media stunt?
Tebow was a baseball standout at Nease High School in Ponta Verde, Florida, batting .494 and earning all-state honors. But unlike fellow NFL QBs Russell Wilson and Jameis Winston, Tebow was not a two-sport college star and was never selected in the MLB draft. Still, the early reports are favorable. That’s the company line, anyway.
Tebow has been working out with Chad Moeller, a former journeyman catcher who released a statement through Tebow’s agents, praising the former Gator’s bat speed and saying that he believes “Tim has the skill set and potential to achieve his goal.”
Tebow’s NFL career was highlighted by a 15-yard slant pass that Demaryius Thomas converted into an 80-yard TD and a playoff win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2012. That’s about it.
The following year, the Broncos signed Peyton Manning and traded Tebow to the Jets. His career never got back on track, although the guy still has a pretty rabid fanbase. In 2015, he was signed and later cut by the Philadelphia Eagles, leading to talk of the 6″3 Tebow converting to a tight end, but he was determined to make it as a QB. Poor throwing mechanics plagued him throughout his time in the NFL, but his cocked-back slow-mo slingshot may be just the thing for a minor league ball club in need of a right fielder and a boost to late summer ticket sales.