Ending one of many extra stunning — and unlikely — makes an attempt at a two-sport profession, Tim Tebow, the famous person school quarterback turned N.F.L. curiosity turned minor-league baseball participant, introduced his retirement from skilled sports activities on Wednesday.
“I liked each minute of the journey, however right now I really feel known as in different instructions,” Tebow stated in a press release launched by the Mets, who signed him to a minor-league deal in 2016. “I by no means need to be partially in on something. I at all times need to be 100 p.c in on no matter I select.”
Whereas Tebow by no means went past Class AAA in baseball, he drew a substantial amount of consideration, due to each his exploits on the soccer subject and his charitable endeavors. He’s the writer of a number of books and has executed missionary work around the globe. He was usually polarizing, although, with followers of each sports activities frequently disagreeing about his worth and potential, in addition to his outspokenness as a Christian. However wherever he went, Tebow drew a crowd.
“It has been a pleasure to have Tim in our group, as he’s been a consummate skilled throughout his 4 years with the Mets,” stated Sandy Alderson, the president of the Mets. “By reaching the Triple-A stage in 2019, he far exceeded expectations when he first entered the system in 2016, and he must be very happy with his accomplishments.”
Tebow, 33, confirmed great athleticism at each cease of his journey, however after a standout profession at Florida, throughout which he gained the 2007 Heisman Trophy and two nationwide championships, he by no means discovered the correct match professionally.
A primary-round choose of the Denver Broncos in 2010, he struggled to make his run-heavy method to enjoying quarterback work within the N.F.L., however he did handle a stunning near the 2011 season. After going 7-Four as a starter, he shocked the game by leading the Broncos to an upset of the Pittsburgh Steelers within the wild-card spherical of the playoffs.
That success was short-lived, nevertheless, as he was traded to the Jets earlier than the subsequent season. After arriving to a lot fanfare, he threw simply eight passes for the Jets over the course of two video games and was released. Makes an attempt to catch on with the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles went nowhere.
A 12 months after his launch from the Eagles in 2015, Tebow, who had not performed organized baseball since his junior 12 months in highschool, was signed by the Mets.
“This determination was strictly pushed by baseball,” Alderson insisted on the time of the signing. “This was not one thing that was pushed by advertising and marketing concerns or something of the type.”
Tebow homered in his first skilled at-bat, however over all he hit .223 in 4 seasons, with 18 house runs. In 2019, he hit .163 with 4 homers for Class AAA Syracuse.
In saying his retirement, he acknowledged the Mets followers who had pulled for him in his quest to hitch the ranks of Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders, athletes who reached the top in each soccer and baseball.
“Thanks once more for everybody’s help of this superior journey in baseball,” he stated. “I’ll at all times cherish my time as a Met.”