Tim Tebow has taken an unexpected journey since his NFL career ended.
He’s faced serious questions regarding what his next move will be.
And Tebow just made a big announcement about his future.
Many people thought that Tim Tebow was crazy when he said he would be pursuing a career in baseball.
A Heisman Trophy winner at the University of Florida, Tebow hadn’t played competitive baseball since high school.
Yet Tebow pursued baseball nonetheless.
The doubters said it was a publicity stunt, but Tebow began to show real progress as a minor league player in the New York Mets’ farm system because of his work ethic.
And Tebow says that he’s still pursuing his dream of playing Major League Baseball.
Tebow said in an interview, “It’s not something that I want to do forever because there’s a lot of other things that are in my heart that I want to pursue…But it is something that is still in my heart today.”
Tebow recently married former Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, has television commitments, and produces projects in Hollywood, so he has a full slate.
But he’s still giving baseball a shot while he’s still young enough to do it.
Tebow recently turned 33, so his odds of cracking the majors are beginning to diminish quickly.
Mets president Sandy Alderson was optimistic about Tebow’s baseball future, and didn’t want to see it derailed because of COVID-19.
Alderson said, “I talked to Tim Saturday, in between Florida football and some other SEC [broadcasting] obligations…He’s anxious to come back. And I told Tim, ‘Look, why would you want to end your quest based on a COVID-related reason? You didn’t get a chance to perform this year.’ He was hurt a little bit the previous year. So I think Tim is committed to coming back. And I think we’re committed to giving him an opportunity to do that and we’ll see where it goes.”
The Wuhan virus has put a damper on the entire sports calendar.
Multiple major sporting events have been canceled or postponed, including March Madness, Wimbledon, and the Summer Olympics.
And the NBA and MLB were forced to complete truncated seasons.
Tebow was robbed of an important year of development, and Alderson doesn’t want to see his journey end because of the coronavirus.
“This is not a quest without end. At some point it will culminate. But I think that will be at a time when Tim and the organization come to some agreement about where he is and what his potential is. But I didn’t want him to go out based on some COVID-related interruption.”
The Mets recently fired general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, but Alderson was the general manager when he first brought Tebow into the organization, so Alderson’s endorsement of Tebow is significant now that he’s in the role of team president.
If Tebow can stay healthy and continue to improve, he’ll have every opportunity to get called up to the big leagues.