Tim Tebow flirted with XFL before opting for the Mets Grind


PORT ST. LUCIE – Tim Tebow's passion for baseball is still big enough that he is ready to survive at least one more spring training, and probably one season in the small league, for a shot in the big leagues.

The former Heisman Trophy winner also dropped a note on Sunday that he might be nearing his threshold if he was waiting for his dream to come true.

"Season after season, day after day," said Tebow when asked about his long-term plan. “Doing something I love and grateful to have the opportunity to pursue as hard as possible and to work as hard as possible. I think that's a big part of it.

"At the same time, there are many other things that I like to pursue, so it is not something that you want to do forever, but it is something that I have the chance to do, but definitely something that excites me and that I love. "

The 32-year-old Tebow spent last season at Triple-A Syracuse and never got rolling before a hand injury ended his season in August. In 77 games, he scored a .163 / .240 / .255 slash line with four homers and 19 RBIs.

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Tim TebowAnthony J. Causi

It was the second year in a row that an injury prevented Tebow from ending a season. In 2018, he was closed at Double-A Binghamton in late July after breaking the hamate bone in his right hand.

Tebow continues to work as an ESPN College Football Analyst and with foundation work around the world. He recently married Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, a former Miss Universe from South Africa.

Tebow, a former CAA customer from General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen, starts his fourth spring training at the Mets. Tebow was an all-star in the Eastern League in 2018.

"There were many ups and downs," said Tebow. "When you think about a goal, you don't really think about all the lows and there were definitely some lows and some stupid times, but there were some great times too and I think it's a good picture of life too – there are many Ups and downs and it's a way of balancing and dealing with them. "

Football remains a passion for the former Jets quarterback, who says "there was some communication" between him and the newly formed XFL. But Tebow finally decided to stick to baseball.

He was asked to rate Giants quarterback Daniel Jones on Sunday.

"I think he has a lot of talent," said Tebow. “He was trained very well in college and I think he will continue to improve. Giving him more weapons and confidence is pretty important. "

Tebow also called Sam Darnold of the Jets "one of the most talented young quarterbacks in the league".