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Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow tries out for pro baseball – SportsUntapped.com
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Added September 5th, 2016 by Ian

Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow tries out for pro baseball
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Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow recently held a baseball tryout for Major League scouts as the former New York Jets and Denver Broncos player hasn’t been able to land another football contract. The 29-year-old Tebow held a showcase of his skills for 42 different scouts from 28 of the 30 MLB clubs at Dedeaux Field in Los Angeles on August 30th. Tebow was supposedly a pretty good baseball player back in high school in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida and had a .494 batting average back in 2005 along with four home runs and 30 RBIs. He mainly played in the outfield, but reportedly pitched on occasion with his fastball reaching 88 miles per hour.

Tebow, who was actually born in the Philippines, gave up on baseball when he was a senior in high school though and concentrated on football. He won the Heisman Trophy in at the University of Florida in 2007 and was drafted by Denver in the first round three years later. The quarterback played for Denver in 2010 and 2011 and for the Jets in 2012 before being dropped. Tebow tried out for the New England Patriots in 2013 and the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015, but couldn’t land a contract.

Tebow wanted to show the scouts that he has the skills to play pro baseball, even at the minor league level, and insisted it wasn’t a publicity stunt. His performance earned mixed reviews as some of those in attendance were impressed by what they saw and others felt it was a waste of time. The 6-foot-3-inch, 260 lb. Tebow displayed his base running, speed, batting skills, throwing arm and defensive talents. Tebow said he was relatively happy with the way things went and reportedly met with five different clubs after the public workout.

Tebow proved he has pretty good speed for a big man as he ran the 60-yard dash in 6.65 seconds. His throwing skills from the outfield to second and third base were rated average and he then caught some fly balls and fielded line drives. Tebow’s power was evident during his batting session as he launched several balls over the outfield fence and scoreboard. By all counts, he hit eight balls out of the stadium. However, he did so during a batting practice drill. He then faced a couple of former MLB pitchers and wasn’t able to hit anything out of the park on about 60 pitches. He did manage to reach the fence though and hit some line drives.

Tebow told the press afterwards, “Regardless of if you fail or fall flat on your face, if that’s the worst thing that happens, that’s OK. When did that become such a bad thing?” Tebow will now wait to see if he gets any serious offers from a ball club. The minor league seasons end soon, but Tebow could workout in an instructional league during the offseason. He could also end up playing during the winter somewhere in Latin America if anybody’s interested in his services. If Tebow should happen to make it to the Major Leagues, he’d be just the seventh former football player to do so since 1970. The most successful athletes to play both sports were Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders. And let’s not forget that former basketball great Michael Jordan made it as far as the minor leagues.

 
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