Tim Tebow gives tantalizing clue about his return to football
Say what you will about Tim Tebow, but the man is clearly averse to rest and relaxation.
If Tebow isn’t sharpening his craft as a baseball prospect, he’s on TV espousing his knowledge of all things SEC football.
When he’s not doing sports, he’s working with his Tim Tebow Foundation and doing incredible work for those in need.
When he’s not doing incredible charity work, he’s doing everything else he can to help spread the word of God.
So it’s a mild surprise that Tebow has much time to do anything else, let alone consider another career change.
And yet, that’s exactly what happened when football coaching legend Steve Spurrier invited Tebow to join his new Orlando football team, which is part of the Alliance of American Football.
“(Having Tim Tebow on our team) would be wonderful,” Spurrier said during an interview in early April. “I think Tim knows about our league. He knows he’s welcome to come down (to Orlando) and play.”
Tebow has been mum on the topic, which isn’t a huge surprise considering he’s in the midst of a Double-A baseball season with the Binghamton Rumble Ponies.
But in an interview with the Press Connect‘s Rob Centorani, Tebow’s careful choice of words had some of his fans speculating over his potential return to professional football.
“I have a great relationship with coach Spurrier,” Tebow said. “I think he’s one of the best coaches to ever do it, but right now I’m focused on baseball. This is my goal and my pursuit.”
Many Tebow fans latched onto the “right now” part of his response. The natural assumption is that if Tebow’s baseball career never takes off, he’ll transition back to the sport that he was first known for.
Even hinting that football could potentially be in his future is the strongest indication Tebow’s given yet about a possible return to the gridiron.
And it’s not like Tebow has completely abstained from all things pro football. He even issued a glowing endorsement of an NFL quarterback prospect, describing the player in the exact same way some analysts would’ve talked about Tebow back in 2010, when he was getting ready for the NFL draft.
“I really think Baker Mayfield is someone who is pretty special. The way he can play, the way he can lead, the ‘it’ factor he has. I haven’t seen that from a lot of other players,” Tebow said.
Tebow continued to praise Mayfield as a true leader and a beacon of respect.
“I buy into that because it makes a difference. You make other people better. It’s not just about throwing and running. It’s about rallying a team and having grown men respect you,” Tebow added.
For what it’s worth, Tebow has steadily improved during his time in Double-A. After seeing his batting average dip to a frigid .133, Tebow was able to raise it all the way to .250 before a recent cold streak dropped him back down to .214.
The Rumble Ponies are currently 6-7 going into Sunday’s game against the Erie SeaWolves.
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