Tim Tebow’s baseball dream remains alive, with the polarizing athlete, who washed out as an NFL quarterback after winning the Heisman Trophy in college, receiving an offer from the New York Mets.
USA Today reports that Tebow will sign a minor league contract with the Mets and will join the team’s instructional league this month.
“Tebow, 29, has not played baseball since 2004, his junior year of high school in Florida,” the report notes. “He opted for football and went on to win two national titles and a Heisman Trophy at the University of Florida before an uneven three-year career as a quarterback for the Denver Broncos and New York Jets.”
USA Today adds: “He faces a daunting and unlikely climb to the major leagues, as his showcase for major league scouts in Los Angeles showed. Tebow, at 6-3 and 260 pounds, showed impressive batting practice power, but struggled against former major league pitchers in live hitting. Scouts were satisfied with his slightly above average speed, less so with a weak outfield arm.”
Tebow has been a polarizing figure since he arrived in the NFL in 2010, with fans and critics loudly debating his athletic abilities along with his outspoken Christian beliefs.