Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, who hasn’t played since 2012, is still interested in playing professional sports, but this time it’s not football.
According to his agents Jimmy Sexton and Nick Khan, Tebow is pursuing a career in professional baseball, and plans to work out for major-league clubs in late August.
Sexton issued the following statement Tuesday via FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.
“This may sound like a publicity stunt, but nothing could be further from the truth. I have seen Tim’s workouts, and people inside and outside the industry – scouts, executives, players, and fans – will be impressed by his talent. As an agent, I have a genuine respect for how hard it is to succeed at the game of baseball and a true admiration for those who possess the talent to play it at the Major League level. Tim’s tool set is real. His physicality is unique in professional baseball. His work ethic is unprecedented, and his passion for the game is infectious. He knows the challenges that lie ahead of him given his age and experience, but he is determined to achieve his goal of playing in the Major Leagues.”
Schefter reports Tebow has been “training in Arizona and Los Angeles” to play baseball “for almost the past year to hone his play as a professional batter and outfielder in a sport he has not played on a full-time basis since he was in high school in 2005.”
Tebow was an All-State baseball player in Florida and hit .494 as a junior, helping Nease High School reach the final four of the Florida state playoffs.
“Obviously we support Tim in his pursuit of a baseball career, as we have in all his ventures,” said Sexton.
“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.”
According to Schefter, all 30 MLB teams will be invited to a workout held by Tebow at the end of the month.
Tebow, an ESPN broadcaster, will continue to fulfill his obligations with the company while he pursues a career in baseball.