Spurrier wants Tebow in AAF, Tebow plans to keep playing baseball

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AAF Orlando coach Steve Spurrier previously has said publicly that he’d love to get Tim Tebow on the team. Spurrier has since communicated that message privately to Tebow.

And Tebow declined.

Via SaturdayDownSouth.com, Spurrier recently told Paul Finebaum that Spurrier reached out to Tebow regarding an AAF gig.

“He said coach, I’m gonna keep swinging the bat and see what happens,” Spurrier said. “I told him we’d have a No. 15 down in Orlando waiting for him.”

Tebow has been swinging the bat fairly well in Double-A ball this season, batting .256 through 63 games. That’s arguably good enough to justify an eventual promotion to the Triple-A level and, if he performs plausibly well there, to the Mets.

So it makes sense that, with no realistic path to the NFL no matter what he’d do in the AAF, would be more interested in a minor-league operation that could still vault him to the big leagues.

59 responses to “Spurrier wants Tebow in AAF, Tebow plans to keep playing baseball

  1. “That’s arguably good enough to justify an eventual promotion to the Triple-A level and, if he performs plausibly well there, to the Mets.”

    No. No it’s not. It’s not very good for AA.

  2. mrbiggstuff says:
    June 24, 2018 at 9:38 am
    “That’s arguably good enough to justify an eventual promotion to the Triple-A level and, if he performs plausibly well there, to the Mets.”

    No. No it’s not. It’s not very good for AA.

    I would kind of have to agree with that, he’s not the best outfielder on the AA team, in fact he is probably number three, so that probably makes him number eight overall in the minors, hard to see how he goes from 8 to 5 without jumping that average to the 280’s or adding a lot more power in the hits that keep him around 260. But if they for whatever reason moved him up, he could probably hit .250 there and the mets would justify a sept call up for that, dropping someone they plan to drop from the 40 anyway at year’s end.

  3. Tebow would be a good drawing card, and good for TV ratings, but I’d rather use that league to get exposure for other QB’s that nobody knows anything about. Like Kurt Warner. Tebow is plenty good enough to have been playing in the NFL. He’s just being denied an opportunity for other reasons. He’s already moved on. Good for Tim.

  4. Tebow hasn’t had any success in sports since Denver? The guy picked up a bat and glove and is working his way through minor league baseball after his NFL career ended. Not too many guys out there that wouldn’t love to be able to get paid to do that, rather than cube warrior

  5. Tebow’s batting average is slightly better than his league’s average. It’s 9 points better than the batting average for his team. After not playing baseball for 10 years, and never playing more than high school baseball. There are very, very few people on this planet that would have been able to even accomplish that. Regardless of what you think of the guy, can we all at least recognize that the guy has put in an extraordinary effort to accomplish what he has. This obviously wasn’t the publicity stunt that so many people, particularly Mike Florio, dismissed this as from the outset. I don’t know where Tebow will go from here. Unfortunately father time is ticking and his window to make it to the majors is narrow. If he continues to progress at the rate he has, he will legitimately make the majors. That is still a tall order and I would put his chances at roughly 25%. But let’s give the guy credit for taking this a heck of a lot farther than anyone should have reasonably expected him to two years ago.

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    charliecharger says:

    June 24, 2018 at 10:31 am

    Tebow would be a good drawing card, and good for TV ratings, but I’d rather use that league to get exposure for other QB’s that nobody knows anything about. Like Kurt Warner. Tebow is plenty good enough to have been playing in the NFL. He’s just being denied an opportunity for other reasons. He’s already moved on. Good for Tim.

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    Collusion I’m sure…

  7. If Mr. Tebow stays healthy, it’s possible that he could play double A ball when fifty years old.

  8. charliecharger says:
    June 24, 2018 at 10:31 am
    Tebow would be a good drawing card, and good for TV ratings, but I’d rather use that league to get exposure for other QB’s that nobody knows anything about. Like Kurt Warner. Tebow is plenty good enough to have been playing in the NFL. He’s just being denied an opportunity for other reasons. He’s already moved on. Good for Tim.

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    Tebow is not an NFL QB. The position he played in college doesn’t exists in the NFL game. He is so inaccurate with the football he isn’t even good enough to have as a 3rd stringer because he can’t run the scout team effectively. Tebow had several chances to latch on somewhere but didn’t because his passes are so erratic he wastes practice opportunities for other players. He is not in the NFL for football reasons and football reasons alone. He sells tickets and he has no dirt on him. The Mets are using him just for his name, an NFL team could too if they wanted to waste a roster spot (which head coaches hate doing).

    If he wanted to change positions he could still be in the league. The Pats and Jets would have kept him but he made his choice (and isn’t crying about it). Now he is batting far better than I thought he would (but not good enough to get promoted) and probably having fun since AA ball can be a grind. I was surprised to see him come back after last year. He has a nice TV gig and was very good at it last year.

  9. A..256 Batting average is poor at any level.
    Were there 35 HR’s and/or 135 RBI’s, thats great
    Oh, that’s the Mets brainpower saying .256 is an adequate average for advancement.
    No wonder.

  10. did I just read an article about Tebow on pft that was not derisive and dismissive and dare I say it almost complimentary? I mean saying he was swinging the bat reasonably well has to count as a compliment coming from florio right? as for you whiners crying about his average, nobody said he was going to be an all star but for someone his age who has not played since high school where he was good enough to be an all state player he is doing well. and fyi there are allot of player in the majors who are hitting below the mendoza line. if you do not know what that means then just posting about his baseball career.

  11. That’s arguably good enough to justify an eventual promotion to the Triple-A level and, if he performs plausibly well there, to the Mets.

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    please stick to football, that’s not arguably good enough to get promoted to AAA and eventually the majors

  12. mysportsrumors says do you even follow baseball? do you realize how many players in the big leagues bat.250 or under? and guess what? they all get paid a ton of money so if he makes and bats .230-.250 he will be successful!

  13. Leave the guy alone. He’s happy playing baseball, and probably realizes he’s not going to be a starting QB in the NFL. Tebow isn’t interested in playing another position. If baseball makes him happy, let him play baseball!

  14. Since Tebow LOVES wearing his religious beliefs on his sleeve, maybe he’d like to share with us how he and Jesus feel about Trump ripping children away from their mothers and then caging them as a publicity stunt. Do that first, Tebow, and then pray for all the world to see.

  15. I’m still laughing at Spurrier as coach, he won’t even make it through one season as coach

  16. bannedfromchoirpractice says:

    Since Tebow LOVES wearing his religious beliefs on his sleeve, maybe he’d like to share with us how he and Jesus feel about Trump ripping children away from their mothers and then caging them as a publicity stunt. Do that first, Tebow, and then pray for all the world to see.
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    As soon as you people say how you felt when it happened under Obama.

  17. Tebow is hitting .256 in AA and .320 in June. Try to keep up.
    Tebow crushed it in the NFL.
    Tim Tebow is the fastest scoring QB in NFL history in their first 16 games of playing time with 34 scores in 549 touches in his first 15.5 games and 13 plays.
    In 2017, this would rank 2nd in the NFL for total scores by a quarterback.
    Russell Wilson led the NFL with 37 scores in 648 touches.
    Tebow was 8% more efficient at scoring per touch.
    Tebow’s 19 TDs in 374 attempts would rank 4th for TDs per completion and 9th for TDs per attempt in 2017.
    Todd Gurley led the league with 13 TDs in 279 carries. Tebow had 15 rushing scores in 175 carries. 85% faster
    Tom Brady scored 32 times in 606 touches in 2017 and ranked 3rd for total scores by a QB.
    Tim Tebow scored 34 times in 549 touches in his first 15.5 games and 13 plays, which includes the Steelers playoff game, in 2010/2011.
    Brady threw a TD every 18.1 attempts. Tebow threw a TD every 19.6 attempts. Tebow scored rushing every 11.6 carries.
    Tebow was 18% more efficient at scoring per touch in his first 16 games of play than Tom Brady was this year.
    Tebow is the fastest scoring first time starting QB in NFL history in their first 16 games of playing time.
    Top 100 player of the year in 2011 after only 11 games.
    Pro Bowl alternate for 2012
    AFC West title
    Playoff win against the Pittsburg Steelers
    NFL passing record for yards per attempt in a playoff game.
    Highest playoff game QBR in Broncos playoff history, 125.6
    Manning couldn’t break it in 4 years as the starter in Denver.

  18. Tebow would be a good drawing card, and good for TV ratings, but I’d rather use that league to get exposure for other QB’s that nobody knows anything about. Like Kurt Warner. Tebow is plenty good enough to have been playing in the NFL. He’s just being denied an opportunity for other reasons. He’s already moved on. Good for Tim.

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    Collusion I’m sure…

    Actually that would be collusion, ok besides the fact that he couldn’t throw before when in the league, like Kaep, he’s better than a lot of the backup qbs in the league. Unlike Kaep he’d probably except a backup role.

  19. Tebow should still be in the NFL. He won a playoffs game while QBs like Dalton, Tanenhill, Carr, Winston, Prescott have no playoffs win.

  20. Michael E says:
    June 24, 2018 at 1:14 pm
    bannedfromchoirpractice says:

    Since Tebow LOVES wearing his religious beliefs on his sleeve, maybe he’d like to share with us how he and Jesus feel about Trump ripping children away from their mothers and then caging them as a publicity stunt. Do that first, Tebow, and then pray for all the world to see.
    ================================================

    As soon as you people say how you felt when it happened under Obama.

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    Christians should not stand for it under any leadership. The present situation is exposing the pretend Christians from true Christians. Not that they haven’t been exposed before, but their act is getting pretty weak on this stage. Same as pretend patriots. Their act is also getting worn out.

  21. Obama started the caging and separation of families. Trump ended it. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a public gospel message.
    Mar 16:15  And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 
    Mar 16:16  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 

    The apostles were arrested for obeying Christ.
    Act 5:27  And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them, 
    Act 5:28  Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us. 
    Act 5:29  Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. 

  22. Florio says, “…with no realistic path to the NFL no matter what he’d do in the AAF…”

    Tim Tebow could be back in the NFL in one hour IF he chose not to be a starting QB.

    Tebow would IMMEDIATELY become one of the best, if not THE best, short yardage and goal line backs in the entire league. Moreover, unlike other current RB’s, Tim can also have the dual threat to throw it AND he can directly take the snap with a much larger level of competency.

    He could also be one of the best FULLBACKS in the entire league blocking for a RB. None of this even begins to talk about the trick plays you could do with Tim as a FB where he could also run or throw it himself. It would be substantially more for a defense to defend and game plan against.

    And at 6’3, 235, he could even try to transition to defense or TE.

    But nonetheless, Tebow COULD play in the NFL whenever he wants to as a short yardage/fullback specialist. However, he is choosing not to do it.

    “Choosing not to” versus Florio saying he has “no realistic path to the NFL” are two completely different entities.

  23. These are the QBs that were played instead of Tebow. Unlike Kaep who has not scored more than 25 times in a season, Tebow could actually make a case for collusion.
    Tebow scored 34 times with 9 Ints in his first 16 games of play in Denver

    Manning scored 33 times with 17 Ints in 2010. Tebow scored 21% more often per touch.
    Sanchez scored 13 times with 18 Ints in 2012
    Smith scored 18 times with 21 Ints in 2013
    Brady scored 25 times with 11 Ints in 2013
    Bradford scored 19 times with 14 Ints in 2015
    Tebow was better than all of them in his first 16 games. He also threw more TDs per pass attempt than all of them and it’s not close.
    Tebow threw a TD every 16.4 attempts in 2010 and 19.6 attempts in his first 16 in 2010/2011
    Orton threw a TD every 24.9 attempts in 2010 and 28 attempts in 2011.
    Manning threw a TD every 20.5 attempts in 2010
    Sanchez threw a TD every 34.8 attempts in 2012
    G. Smith threw a TD every 36.9 attempts in 2013
    Brady threw a TD every 25.1 attempts in 2013
    Bradford threw a TD every 28 attempts in 2015
    Tebow threw more TDs per pass attempt in his first 16 games of playing time than all of them and scored 15 times rushing.
    They’d rather lose than let Tim Tebow thank Jesus in the postgame press conference. That is why they want to make him a TE. Tebow should have started for every team that he has played for based on his resume alone.

  24. david1800 says:
    June 24, 2018 at 2:33 pm
    Obama started the caging and separation of families. Trump ended it. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a public gospel message.
    Mar 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
    Mar 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

    The apostles were arrested for obeying Christ.
    Act 5:27 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them,
    Act 5:28 Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.
    Act 5:29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

    why can’t this bible babble go away? the book is full of myths. all fake news.

  25. Forgot how goofy the cult of Tebow was.

    Yep, they beat Pittsburgh that year. Technically, a fluke is something that happens once and never again.

    Lost 45-10 the next week with Tebow completing barely a third of his passes.

  26. To whomever gave me the thumbs down: Tebow has 5 career NFL rushes inside the 2 at the goalline. He’s scored 4 TD’s on those 5 attempts. He’s rushed on two different 2 pt conversions and scored both times.

    Thus, Tim has reached the endzone 6 out of 7 times rushing the ball near the endzone where the defense is FULLY compact waiting for it. But hey, he wouldn’t be a stud short yardage specialist. LOL #TheMoreYouKnow

  27. I was never a big Tebow fan but I’m sorta rooting for him now. He was genetically blessed but to even get the level he has in 2 major sports takes a lot of hard work and determination. Yeah, let’s have some perspective here: he’s not doing great in AA but he isn’t embarrassing himself either and there’s nothing wrong with him keeping at it. There are guys who get a cup of coffee all the time who aren’t big prospects or true major leaguers. He might work his way to a September callup or 26th man for a double-header type situation.

  28. Must be a lot less pressure for Saint Timothy, going from a league where you HAVE to get it right on EVERY play to a league where being right 25% of the time elicits congratulations and a few seasons of getting it right 30% of the time could make you a Hall of Famer.

    Bless his heart.

  29. “mybigthirdleg says:
    June 24, 2018 at 9:55 am
    Probably one of the greatest LH QB’s of all time…”
    ________________________________________________________________
    Seriously? Not even based on a minuscule sample size. No way! Not really.

  30. As for the Patriots playoff game, Tebow was injured in the 3rd quarter with separated cartilege in his chest, but finished the game. Compare the QBRs of the 3 QBs below playing the Patriots.
    Andrew Luck and Cam Newton played worse and threw for less yards with more attempts.
    Andrew Luck Vs the Patriots (in his 6th Playoff Game and 3rd Year in the NFL): 12/33 126 yards 0 TD and 2 INTS QBR 23.0 Score 45-7
    Tim Tebow Vs the Patriots (in his 2nd playoff game and 2nd year in the NFL):
    9/26 136 yards 0 TD and 0 INTS QBR 52.7 Score 45-10
    In a preseason game, Cam Newton played the Patriots with a 25.1 QBR.
    Newton threw 13/29 100 yards 0 TDs and 2 Ints.

  31. kevines255 says:
    June 24, 2018 at 11:23 am
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    charliecharger says:

    June 24, 2018 at 10:31 am

    “Tebow would be a good drawing card, and good for TV ratings, but I’d rather use that league to get exposure for other QB’s that nobody knows anything about. Like Kurt Warner. Tebow is plenty good enough to have been playing in the NFL. He’s just being denied an opportunity for other reasons. He’s already moved on. Good for Tim.”

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    “Collusion I’m sure…”
    __

    “Tebow is plenty good enough to have been playing in the NFL.”
    Arguable whether he “was” ever good enough or not. Not arguable that he “is” not good enough at present.
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    Let’s not forget that all those people who have, and are, denying St. Timothy his opportunity are God’s children too! Trying (like TT) to live their lives the best they can. Perhaps some of them are being denied opportunities of one kind or another as well. If you’re gonna pray, pray for ’em all.
    _____

    Nobody knows anything about Kurt Warner? The guy is everywhere, all the time. He’s like a boil on my ass, he just won’t go away! Plus, he had an actual, productive, NFL career and a winning record.

  32. Typical Spurrier mistake. Rubber lips. Let’s pray. How come Tebow never got a president mad for taking a knee?

  33. Obama started the caging and separation of families. Trump ended it. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a public gospel message.
    Mar 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
    Mar 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

    “The apostles were arrested for obeying Christ.
    Act 5:27 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them,
    Act 5:28 Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.
    Act 5:29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

  34. “As for the Patriots playoff game, Tebow was injured in the 3rd quarter with separated cartilege in his chest, but finished the game.”

    By the time that injury happened they were already trailing by 5 TDs. Tebow had completed three passes in the first half.

    “In a preseason game, Cam Newton played the Patriots with a 25.1 QBR.”

    Preseason game, lol.

  35. Maybe it’s because Kaepernick said this about the country.
    “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

  36. Really? You’re going to do this? This is a simple exchange of opinions and ideas about (mostly) the NFL and football in general.

    But seeing as you’ve found a way to justify filling our Sunday morning with quotes (that you seem to believe in spite of vast scientific and sociological evidence to the contrary) from an antique story book written by hundreds of people over hundreds of years then reinterpreted and rewritten for another few hundred, a book so full of cruelty, brutality, judgement, condemnation, shame, divisiveness, and guilt that it’s a horrific read, I feel compelled to respond to at least one of those quotes: You’re first bliblical quote shows the ludicrousness of your position: “Mar 16:15 “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Do you really expect us to believe that there were crews all over the world preaching “the gospel” to fishes, sea slugs and eels, dogs, cats, bears, birds, insects, etc. etc.,? Next, you can tell us your interpretation because “that’s not what it actually means”? No thanks. Been there, done that, sold the T-shirt at a yard sale.

  37. Probably one of the greatest LH QB’s of all time…

    Not even in the top 5. Did you ever hear of Steve Young, Ken Stabler, Mark Brunell, Boomer Esiason, or Michael Vick?

  38. I never thought it would happen, but the Mets are so bad that I could totally see them calling him up just to get some butts in the seats.

  39. Tebow will make the major leagues. He is not on the average development path. So long as his batting average is above .220 or so in AAA, he will be called up if OF depth is needed, or (more likely) as a September call-up. His situation is not “normal” because once he is called up, the stands will be filled and a ton of Tebow gear will be sold. The Mets will make millions and millions from just calling him up, even if he is the last guy on the bench. He can get a pinch hit opportunity or get put into the game when they are down by 10.

    If he starts hitting .280-.300 then I will consider it deserved from a baseball perspective, but otherwise his call-up will be for the reasons outlined above. And, to be clear I’ve become a fan of Tebow and hope that he does continue to prove people wrong. The chances of him even doing this well seemed so low at the beginning… His swing was totally trashed by all, he was too old, just a publicity stunt. As of right now, it is still just a publicity stunt overall, but he is making progress and perhaps at the end of the day, his call-up will be based on merit. I’d still say the chances of that are very low but he has proved us wrong several times before.

  40. He should sue the league for collusion. After all, he won a playoff game so its obvious they’re colluding against Christians.

  41. You think that meant preaching to sea slugs? Lol. It’s your insight that’s lacking. Underneath it all, there is a little anger towards it. Believe what you want, but in the end it’s a matter of your heart, not your pea size brain functioning at a 10th of its capability.

  42. Tebow and the rest of us Christians know that God condemned multiculturalism at the Tower of Babel in Genesis and in the Book of Revelation. Open Borders is of stinkers like Nimrod, Marx and Lucifer!

    Michael E says:
    June 24, 2018 at 1:14 pm
    bannedfromchoirpractice says:

    Since Tebow LOVES wearing his religious beliefs on his sleeve, maybe he’d like to share with us how he and Jesus feel about Trump ripping children away from their mothers and then caging them as a publicity stunt. Do that first, Tebow, and then pray for all the world to see.
    ================================================

    As soon as you people say how you felt when it happened under Obama.

    ================================================

    Christians should not stand for it under any leadership. The present situation is exposing the pretend Christians from true Christians. Not that they haven’t been exposed before, but their act is getting pretty weak on this stage. Same as pretend patriots. Their act is also getting worn out.

  43. The Mets’ farm system is so utterly thin that Tebow might make the big leagues just be being healthy. And it’s really frustrating that signing Tebow seems to be more player development than we’ve seen from Alderson in the past four years.

  44. Tebow rejected the AAF? If he rejects the XFL, will we FINALLY stop talking about him on a football website? Please? Pretty please with sugar on top?

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