Tim Tebow, who polarized NFL fans as he attempted to carve out a pro football career, now appears poised to polarize fans of another sport.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Tebow is “actively pursuing a career in professional baseball.” Tebow’s agents Jimmy Sexton and Nick Khan said Tebow will hold a workout for MLB teams this month.
Tebow was a star baseball player back in high school, but focused on football in his senior year and did not play college baseball. He won the Heisman Trophy while at the University of Florida in 2007 and led the team to BCS titles in the 2006 and 2008 seasons.
“For almost the past year, Tebow has been training in Arizona and Los Angeles to hone his hitting and fielding skills in a sport he has not played on a full-time basis since 2005,” Schefter reports. “Tebow was an All-State baseball player in Florida that year and hit .494 as a junior, helping Nease High School reach the final four of the Florida state playoffs.”
Tebow, who works as an analyst for ESPN’s SEC Network, indicated he will fulfill his broadcast obligations with the network, but notified the company that he intends to pursue a baseball career.
Sexton is quoted saying: “Tim’s athletic ability, his work ethic, his leadership and his competitiveness were evident in football and will show in baseball. Knowing Tim’s passion and desire, we won’t be surprised by anything he accomplishes.”