Tim Tebow pulled a reverse Kyler Murray and shunned a prayer.
The AAF’s Orlando Apollos tried to get Tebow back on the gridiron for its debut season, but with Spring Training nearing, the fabled multi-sport athlete rejected the legendary Steve Spurrier’s offer.
“No, and I don’t blame Tim,” Spurrier, now the Orlando coach, recently told NBC’s Pro Football Talk. “Tim’s got a chance to go to Major League Baseball. I think Tim’s probably headed in the baseball direction. I don’t blame him. If I were in his situation I’d probably do the same thing.”
Tebow, who somewhat surprisingly hit an impressive .273 with six home runs and 36 RBI in 84 games for Double-A Binghamton last season, was invited to Spring Training festivities and is expected to start this season in Triple-A.
The former Heisman Trophy winner-turned-outfielder might have found his way in Queens near the end of last season, had he not broken the hamate bone in his right hand. It would have been one way for the Mets to draw the masses back to Citi Field during a miserable campaign.
Brodie Van Wagenen, who represented Tebow before switching career paths to become the Mets GM, is liking his former client’s chances.
“If Tim Tebow is the best offensive player in Triple-A at that point, he’s going to be in Mickey’s (Callaway) lineup,” Van Wagenen said in December.
Tebow must have heard him loud and clear.