If Tim Tebow ever decides to ditch minor-league baseball with the Mets for a return to football in Florida, the offer is on the table.
Steve Spurrier, the legendary college football coach who is returning to the sidelines next year with the upstart Alliance of American Football league, has invited his fellow former Florida Gators star to be his quarterback in Orlando.
“That would be wonderful,” Spurrier said of Tebow joining his team on the “Open Mike” radio show Monday, according to the Orlando Sun-Sentinel. “I think Tim knows about our league. He knows he’s welcome to come down (to Orlando) and play.
“Obviously, if his baseball career is going well, he may decide to stick with it, which I would certainly understand. But if it doesn’t go too well and he has the urge to play football, we would certainly welcome him in Orlando.”
Baseball isn’t going swimmingly for Tebow, who after joining the Mets’ big-league camp for his second spring training is hitting just .182 in three games at Double-A Binghamton. He hasn’t given up on his major-league dreams, however, and even kicked off his unlikely promotion to the Mets’ upstate New York affiliate with a home run on the very first pitch he saw last week.
He spent last season between low and high Class A-ball, batting .226 with eight home runs and 52 RBI in 126 games while working as a college football analyst. Despite the fanfare and the unreasonably high hopes of Mets GM Sandy Alderson, Tebow’s future isn’t in Major League Baseball.
But the former Jets and Broncos QB hasn’t expressed a desire to go back to the gridiron, either. He said earlier this year that he’s received offers from NFL teams to play positions besides quarterback, but he’s not interested.
Tebow’s two national championships and Heisman Trophy with Florida and brief NFL success in Denver became distant memories by 2015, when he was cut by the Eagles during his final preseason.
Still, the 30-year-old has time to give Spurrier an answer. The AAF, an eight-team, eight-city pro league, is set to debut one week after Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 9, and run through the spring.
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