Tim Tebow, the beloved and hated former NFL quarterback, TV commentator, Heisman Trophy winner, and two-time NCAA national champion who now plays minor league baseball for the Mets organization, will suit up for the Columbia Fireflies this spring. The team announced the assignment today.
As an NFL quarterback, Tebow played for the Denver Broncos and New York Jets
If he plays well enough to remain on the everyday squad until June and stays healthy, the ex-Gators quarterback will take the field at The Joe in Charleston for the first time on June 16. (The RiverDogs will travel to Columbia twice before that date.)
Since restarting his professional athletic career on the diamond, Tebow has worked a .222 batting average in Spring Training play over eight games, about middle of the pack compared to his teammates. Mets GM Sandy Alderson told Newsday that Tebow may at times be overmatched in South Atlantic League play, but said that "what he’s done in spring training has convinced us that this is where he should go. And he’s prepared for it."
Tim Tebow hasn't played baseball since high school, but if his previous athletic performances in Columbia are any indication, he should be right at home. When Tebow was in uniform in Columbia back in 2007 as the University of Florida's star quarterback, he ran for a school record five touchdowns and threw for two more, defeating USC 51-31. Tebow never lost to the Gamecocks while at Florida.