Tim Tebow: AAF called a lot, I’m all-in on baseball

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During a recent appearance on PFT Live, Steve Spurrier said he reached out to Tim Tebow about returning to the football field as part of the Alliance of American Football’s Orlando Apollos.

Spurrier said Tebow wasn’t interested, which Tebow confirmed along with a note that Spurrier and the league have remained persistent about making sure he doesn’t want to give up his baseball career.

“It wasn’t very hard and they’ve called a lot,” Tebow said at a press conference. “Coach Spurrier keeps calling and I love coach Spurrier. It was easy even though it was an awesome offer. … I’m all-in on baseball and no way could I stop and not give this a chance after everything that I’ve worked for.”

Tebow called this his “biggest spring training” after missing half of last season with a broken hand. He’s expected to be assigned to the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate in Syracuse to begin the year.

46 responses to “Tim Tebow: AAF called a lot, I’m all-in on baseball

  1. Tim Tebow: AAF called a lot, I’m all-in on baseball

    >>>So for a guy that supposedly wanted to play QB in the NFL more than anything in the world why would he pass up an opportunity to take a path that may have led back to the NFL?

  2. Tebow dominated college football, and was winning in the NFL, even before he was given an opportunity to develop. Most young NFL QB prospects are given at least 3 to 4 years to develop, and that’s even if they’re losing, but Tebow was winning. The Broncos were something like 1-5 when Tebow took over during his rookie year, turned their season around, and led them into the playoffs, even winning a playoff game. There’s no doubt Tebow could join the AAF and continue to do what he’s done at every level, which is win. Tebow could go undefeated 2 years in a row, win the AAF’s first 2 super bowls, and still wouldn’t get an opportunity to play in the NFL. In the mean time, he’d be taking away some other kid’s opportunity to live out his lifelong dream of becoming an NFL QB, and Tebow is just too unselfish to do that. We’re seeing great young QB’s like Mahomes and Goff make huge strides from year 1 to year 2. Tebow was winning year 1. I can’t remember the last time I saw a rookie QB dominate like Tebow did. We might have to ask Mark Geragos to try to find out why Tebow is being blackballed by the NFL, but Tebow isn’t interested in all that. I think he already knows the answer, and he’s ok with that. He’s already succeeded in television, now he’s on to baseball. This new league is partnering with the NFL. I find it fascinating that they would be calling on Tebow to help them make money, even though they screwed him over big time. Tebow is probably ok with that too.

  3. Good for him. This man has been a target for years and just wants to get on with his life. It’s not like he got “suspended” from his sport and went and played baseball like Jordan.

  4. @Steve Cunningham
    News flash Bro..

    Tebow DID play QB in the NFL.
    And won a playoff game.
    And after that nobody really wanted to see if he could develop as a pocket passer and he no longer really has a chance in the NFL.

    There you go. History is your friend…

  5. johnthorpe says:
    February 17, 2019 at 12:18 pm
    Tim Tebow sucks at football and he’s not that much better than that at baseball. Y’all just like him because he loves make-believe jesus is real

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    He led his team to a victory over Mike Tomlin and the Steelers in the postseason

  6. charliecharger says:
    February 17, 2019 at 11:48 am

    Tebow dominated college football, and was winning in the NFL, even before he was given an opportunity to develop. Most young NFL QB prospects are given at least 3 to 4 years to develop, and that’s even if they’re losing, but Tebow was winning.
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    When Belichick concludes that you can’t play, you can’t play.

  7. sceaglesfan says:
    February 17, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    Cannot play QB- not sure what the calls were for
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    Good point. They might have been calling him to do play-by-play.

  8. Playing in the AAF is not an automatic ticket back to the NFL. Would be surprised if a handful of AAF players–already rejected by the NFL–made it back. Tebow would not be one of them. His throwing motion is too cumbersome, and he’s never been able to read NFL defenses.

    The notion that the NFL is “blackballing” Tebow has no merit. Josh McDaniels traded up to draft Tebow–a projected late-round pick–in the first round–a move that helped cost McDaniels his job. Tebow won with the Broncos, but a game-by-game review shows he won by a combination luck, pluck, and mistakes by other teams–not quarterback skill. It was fun to watch, but not the makings of a great NFL career.

    Tebow was unable to beat out Mark Sanchez in New York. That speaks volumes. Then Roger Goodell–desperate to exploit Tebow’s fan base–convinced the Patriots to give him a shot. As someone said, if Belichick is convinced you can’t play, you can’t play. Quarterback guru Mike Holmgren said the same. Athletes have gathered onfield to pray after each game for at least 40 years. The NFL does not blackball Christian athletes and gave Tebow multiple chances to succeed. He’d be playing in the league today if he’d been willing to switch to another position than quarterback.

    I like Tebow and am glad he’s finally reconciled to not being an quarterback. Hope he makes it to baseball’s big show and has a long, productive career.

  9. I watched some of the AAF games. The QB play is awful. If they brought in Tebow, it would actually be an improvement which shows how bad the QB play really is.
    I still can’t figure out what it is that makes some people so enamored with Tebow. He was not a good NFL QB and he’s a minor league baseball player now. Yet if he was brought up to the Mets, their attendance would probably go up. Why, I have no clue. What ever it is Tebow has, it has little to do with being a great player.

  10. The AAF is a potential stepping stone for a career in the NFL. Tim Tebow has virtually no chance of returning to the NFL because the owners may have blackballed him, along with Johnny Football. Tebow in fact has a better chance of playing major league baseball than playing in the NFL again. As a minor leaguer, he may see some action in September when teams typically call up minor leaguers.

  11. SWFLPC.INC says:
    February 17, 2019 at 12:53 pm
    johnthorpe says:
    February 17, 2019 at 12:18 pm
    Tim Tebow sucks at football and he’s not that much better than that at baseball. Y’all just like him because he loves make-believe jesus is real

    ———

    He led his team to a victory over Mike Tomlin and the Steelers in the postseason

    _____

    No, his team’s elite defense kept them in the game while mediocre Tebow was ineffective all game (as was always the case), keeping him in position to throw a little dump-off pass that the WR then ran 80 yards for the TD

  12. Steve Cunningham says:

    February 17, 2019 at 11:22 am

    Tim Tebow: AAF called a lot, I’m all-in on baseball

    >>>So for a guy that supposedly wanted to play QB in the NFL more than anything in the world why would he pass up an opportunity to take a path that may have led back to the NFL?

    _______________

    Maybe just maybe if you read the article and seen what he said then you wouldn’t had asked such an dumb question

  13. Babyfark,
    Not sure Tebow could be a long-term success as an NFL QB, but that was hardly a “little dump-off pass”. Apparently you didn’t see the game.

  14. Why would he go to the AAF? Sorry but it isn’t a path back to the NFL. He isn’t an NFL QB. I would be willing to bet the Mets are paying him a decent amount to pack the stands of their AA team.

    I never thought Tebow would be doing what he has in minor league ball. Of course he should go back this year and see if he can build on what he did last year. If he starts this year like he left off he will be in AAA by July. That is one step away from The Show.

  15. babyfarkmcgeezax says:
    February 17, 2019 at 4:05 pm
    SWFLPC.INC says:
    February 17, 2019 at 12:53 pm
    johnthorpe says:
    February 17, 2019 at 12:18 pm
    Tim Tebow sucks at football and he’s not that much better than that at baseball. Y’all just like him because he loves make-believe jesus is real

    ———

    He led his team to a victory over Mike Tomlin and the Steelers in the postseason

    _____

    No, his team’s elite defense kept them in the game while mediocre Tebow was ineffective all game (as was always the case), keeping him in position to throw a little dump-off pass that the WR then ran 80 yards for the TD

    ————
    Actually that pass in OT was nothing close to a “dump off pass”…..go and watch it on YouTube. Tebow beat Tomlin and the Steelers that day. And the Steelers have never recovered.

  16. BuckyBadger says:
    February 17, 2019 at 5:19 pm
    Why would he go to the AAF? Sorry but it isn’t a path back to the NFL. He isn’t an NFL QB. I would be willing to bet the Mets are paying him a decent amount to pack the stands of their AA team.

    I never thought Tebow would be doing what he has in minor league ball. Of course he should go back this year and see if he can build on what he did last year. If he starts this year like he left off he will be in AAA by July. That is one step away from The Show.

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    In 3 years in the Minors and 855 at bats, Tebow is batting .244 with 14 homeruns and 90 RBI. His OBP is .317, his SLG is .356, and his OPS is .674. He has struck out 249 times.
    Where is all your hysteria about Tebow in the Minors coming from, exactly??
    Can there be any athlete who was ever over-hyped more than Tebow?????
    There are plenty of guys in the Minors who deserve a chance in the bigs way before Tebow, but because he gets all this publicity from crazed fans like you, he’ll probably pass them by. That’s a travesty.

  17. Tebow is not playing because coaches like scheme over sandlot. They also like control and Elway could be seen literally suffering when Tebow was winning. His popularity intimidated the dour duds. He’s certainly better than the stable of backups Belichick had and I’m not talking about guys they didn’t sign. Elway has floundered continuously. Belichick probably didn’t like the ethical fence Tebow would have been in locker room when a cheat sheet was drawn up. He could have been a backup on either of those Super Bowl teams developing quite nicely. He scared em.

  18. Why?

    And before you say it this is not a Christian thing any more than I want to come here and read about politics. He wasn’t a very good QB. I like what Herne said. He could have been great – but not at QB. So if the AAF is calling him for QB…I got issues with the AAFs decision making.

  19. @JohnThorpe
    I assume you are trying to say that the belief that Jesus was the Son of God is “make believe”.

    Because there is irrefutable historical documentation that he lived and walked the earth. That aspect is not in question by any literate person.

    #ReadABook

  20. The talks didn’t go far because the AAF was calling from pay phones, and there was a lot of background noise, and other people yelling because they wanted to use the phone.

  21. Probably for the best all around. Tebow was not an NFL-caliber QB (maybe he could have been converted to TE), and I don’t know if he would have been a benefit or a detriment to the AAF. Maybe he has better prospects as a baseball player, I truly don’t know.

  22. Can’t believe the Alliance went after Tebow and Kaepernick. What a terrible decision.
    My hometown team is doing well but I lost interest because Polian wanted Kaepernick.

  23. I continue to be amazed at the Tebow urban legend. He ball-hogged his way to huge numbers at UF and the Gators were mediocre the year he won the heisman. He was not a winner in the NFL and he got plenty of chances: Denver, NY, NE, Phil, etc. Do you people know how to use a search engine? The facts are out there for anyone seeking the truth.

  24. Its a shame for the new leagues. Tebow would bring in viewer – but its his life and if he wants to go with Baseball – go for it.

  25. People should look up Eddie Gaedel and the St Louis Browns (baseball). He was brought in as a marketing gimmick. No one in this thread is talking about how Tebow will help the Mets win games, but how many jerseys he’ll sell. That says it all.

  26. Can we all bottom line this thing once and for all? He’s a very good athlete. He’s a nice guy and all that. He competes hard and would never be on the police blotter or in the coach’s doghouse. He’s also not a Major League Baseball talent or and NFL talent. He can’t throw and can’t hit at those highest levels.

    It’s that simple.

  27. Seriously, people? I can’t believe how some folks delude themselves. Tebow: great college football wildcat QB who was lionized by the media and sainted by UF. He was not an NFL-caliber QB. He was given many chances. He perhaps could’ve converted to TE and had a career similar to Edelman, no?

    He is NOT being blackballed. The NFL would love nothing more than to have Tebow as their poster-boy. There are plenty of openly Christian NFL players (teams have chaplains and bible studies and Sunday services, etc.) – they are NOT blackballing him. That’s just a delusional fantasy. It’s entirely absurd.

    NFL teams simply do not pass on players who can help them win. Tebow would be a jersey cash-cow, and an incredibly valuable face-of-the-team in the community. He’s just not capable of playing QB in the NFL. Simple as that. If he was good enough, he’d be a backup right now, at the very least. He didn’t want to convert to another position – so he made his choice. I’m sure Belichick tried to convince him to try TE.

    His baseball skills seem to be middling minor league. The Mets have signed him as a PR move with the hopes that maybe he will spend some time in the majors, and if he does get called up it will be to generate some hype and they’ll cross their fingers that he doesn’t embarrass them or himself.

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