Tim Tebow is taking part in his first spring training with the New York Mets organization despite not playing baseball since high school. Tebow was a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback while at the University of Florida and a first-round pick of the Denver Broncos. His football career fizzled out and now Tebow is trying to beat the odds and make it to the major leagues.
Tebow is not the first athlete who had tremendous success as a college football player before attempting to make it in baseball. Bo Jackson, like Tebow, was a Heisman Trophy winner in the SEC, earning legendary status with the Auburn Tigers. He initially turned his back on an NFL career and signed with the Kansas City Royals. Jackson eventually returned to football to play for the Los Angeles Raiders in what he called his “off-season” for baseball.
Deion Sanders became “Prime Time” on the football field at Florida State, earning All-America honors. However, Sanders doubled as a baseball player for the Seminoles and made it to the big leagues with the New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, and Cincinnati Reds.
Kirk Gibson was an All-American receiver at Michigan State and drafted by the NFL's St. Louis Cardinals. Gibson chose to play baseball and made his mark in the game with the Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Dodgers.
Tebow will have to play pretty well to match the baseball exploits of Jackson, Sanders, and Gibson. Tebow is 29-years-old which is considered old when it comes to being a true major league prospect. However, he has jaw-dropping physical tools and if he gets 600 at-bats, there’s a chance he can prove a lot of people wrong.
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