Tim Tebow has “some communication” with XFL, but he decided to stick with baseball

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Fifty-two weeks to the day after former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow explained his lack of interest in the AAF, Tebow explained his lack of interest in the XFL.

There was some communication,” Tebow told reporters on Sunday regarding the XFL at a press conference held in connection with his current gig as an aspiring Major League Baseball player in the Mets organization.

“We had a couple conversations,” Tebow added. “But it was pretty clear that this was — I love what they’re doing. I think it has a chance to have success. And I think that’s great. And so I think there needs to be a place for a lot of players that are really good and should and could be playing in the NFL and are better than a lot of NFL players. And there’s a chance they’re going to be seen. So I think it’s awesome and I think it’s good for a lot of guys that are going to get a spot on an NFL roster because they’re going show a team that they’re worth it. But for me this is what I wanted to do and pursuit it and be all in and just, yeah.”

A year ago, Orlando Apollos coach Steve Spurrier had been trying to get Tebow to play in the AAF.

[T]hey’ve called a lot,” Tebow said on Sunday, February 17, 2019. “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 last played in a regular-season football game in 2012, only one season after Tebowmania took the NFL by storm. Following one season with the Jets, however, the 2010 first-round pick of the Broncos never managed to make a 53-man roster, despite opportunities with the Eagles and Patriots. He turned to baseball in 2016, after opting not to pursue the CFL or any other non-NFL football league.

It’s unclear what the XFL offered Tebow, but his quote that “it was pretty clear that this was” before pivoting in a different direction suggests that the XFL wasn’t willing to deviate from a no-frills financial structure that makes no exceptions for big-name players. Which has left the XFL with precious few, if any, big-name players. And with not nearly enough quality quarterbacks.

Of course, none of this means that Tebow would amount to a quality quarterback, in the XFL or anywhere. But he would drive plenty of interest and ticket sales and jersey sales and attention for an upstart league that very soon will be struggling to draw attention away from the Scouting Combine and NCAA basketball conference tournaments and NFL free agency and March Madness and other sporting events around which fans plan their schedules.

The XFL currently doesn’t compel the vast majority of fans to set aside time to watch games. If it had players like Tebow or Johnny Manziel or Colin Kaepernick or college players not yet eligible for the draft like Trevor Lawrence, maybe it would.

23 responses to “Tim Tebow has “some communication” with XFL, but he decided to stick with baseball

  1. The poor QB play in the XFL is what happens when there is not an adequate training camp or preseason. Remember this the next time you advocate cutting the NFL preseason because it will lead to atrocious play early in the season

  2. I’m all in for the XFL as are most of my football watching friends. We dont watch college basketball or the combine, or the NFL draft for that matter. Having said that if McMahon is really serious about making this work in the long run he needs to get some NAMES in his league. Tebow sound like he would have played if offered something reasonable….

  3. He probably thinks that in the XFL he won’t be in the Spotlight than in baseball
    The man LOVES attention is what I heard from one his coworkers at espn (college football).

  4. Kudos to him following his dreams, but cmon Tebow, I want to see you do well but you gotta face it, you will probably not make the MLB now, especially at this age.

    Go back to what you do best, play football. He’d probably be the best QB in the XFL right away, at least the most fun to watch. Go win a championship and MVP there and just ride it out, even if it doesn’t get you back into the NFL. But I don’t know why he’d toil away in the AAA’s.

  5. He’s only in AAA to sell jerseys and merchandise. IF he ever has a cup of coffee in the big leagues, it will be for PR purposes only. Tebow will be the Eddie Gaedel of the 21 century.

  6. There’s not been many other athletes in history who have been given more opportunities and not lived up to the hype. The Tebow experiments prove that it takes more than 100% effort and determination to become a professional athlete in any sport. He’s busted his butt in two sports, but just doesn’t have the talent to even be mediocre.

  7. Wait….Tim Tebow is still actually playing sports?

    He has become nothing at all since he joined baseball. One in a thousand guys trying to make it.

    If he joined the XFL he would be a big story and in the headlines every week building his brand.

    Lovers and haters alike would tune in(including me) just to watch Tim Tebow play football and then argue about his skills like we used to.

    Honestly, his agent should be BEGGING Tim to become the face of the XFL. He’s a virtual nobody playing baseball.

  8. Building on that last thought…he could be one of the guys who makes the XFL succeed and then always be remembered for it.

    I’m guessing he can always go back to baseball if it doesn’t work out.

  9. Why would he go back to football and get banged up even more? He certainly doesn’t need the money.

    Maybe his long term baseball plan is to become a coach. The Mets seem to be hiring every year or two.

  10. To put a twist on an old expression:

    Sometimes its better to rule in Hell then Stink in Hell.

    If you consider them both minor league XFL clearly is WAY Way way bigger than AAA baseball. And since you aren’t good at AAA baseball, it seems you should have given XFL a chance. And it still doesn’t impact your NCAAFB TV contract.

  11. I haven’t watched a lick of his minor league baseball career. I would watch probably every week if he plays XFL.

  12. There’s not been many other athletes in history who have been given more opportunities and not lived up to the hype.
    If the 2012 New York Jets had the imagination and daring of the 2019 Baltimore Ravens, TimTebow might have had a successful NFL career. Build an offense around the player’s strengths, it’s the best path to creating franchise quarterbacks.

  13. “f course, none of this means that Tebow would amount to a quality quarterback, in the XFL”

    Idiotic Tebow-hating, Anti-Christian statement by you Florio.

    Tebow was a less then average passer in the NFL, but he ATE UP the league with option-run crazy athletic plays that would NOT DOUBT destroy the less then NFL caliber defenders in the XFL.

    To suggest otherwise suggests to me you never even watched him play. Which I know is not true. So I can only conclude you have something against the guy.

  14. He can make more money stinking it up on the diamond then he would stinking it up in the gridiron.

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