Former NFL Star Tim Tebow to Begin Pro Baseball Career With Class A Columbia

By Teddy Cecilio, Posted: 03/21/17 08:18AM EDT

Tim Tebow's journey from being a former NFL quarterback to a Major League player will begin with the Class A Columbia Fireflies, the New York Mets' affiliate in the South Atlantic League. Mets manager Terry Collins announced that Tebow will join the Fireflies as his first professional baseball team, reported.

Tebow, a former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback, will continue playing with the Mets at the team's Spring Training complex in Port St. Lucie, Florida before heading to South Carolina the first week of April. The Fireflies' opening weekend is April 6-9.

"Tim Tebow will bring major excitement and national attention to the Fireflies and city of Columbia," Fireflies president John Katz said. "Baseball fans, sports fans and Tim Tebow fans will likely come from around the southeast to see him play."

Katz said the team expects Tebow to add to the energy at Spirit Communications Park and around downtown Columbia. Tebow's presence will also be an additional dynamic to the clubhouse with his humility, faith and unwavering commitment.

According to Katz, Tebow's journey from football and reinventing himself as a professional baseball player is an inspiration to many fans. "Having a player that has achieved his level of success on two big stages will ultimately pay huge dividends for our players," Katz said.

The 29-year-old Tebow won the Heisman Trophy with the Florida Gators and carried the team to two national championships. He was picked 25th overall pick by the Denver Broncos in the 2010 Draft.

Tebow played for the the Broncos from 2010 to 2011, leading them to a playoff overtime victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2011. However, he was traded to the New York Jets when Peyton Manning joined the team.

Tebow played just 12 games for the Jets in 2012 before he was released. He also joined training camps with the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles in 2013 and 2015, respectively, but never made it to the regular season roster.

In 2013, Tebow joined ESPN as analyst of college football games. Three years later, Tebow announced that he will pursue a career in professional baseball.

Tebow signed with the Mets on Sept. 8, 2016, and hit .194 with three doubles and two RBIs in the Arizona Fall League. Entering Monday's Grapefruit League action against the Tigers, he was hitting .235 in six games with the Mets this spring.

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