Everyone has an opinion on Tim Tebow’s decision to pursue a career in baseball, including his former coaches at Florida.
Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen was Tebow’s quarterback coach when he played for the Gators. Mullen said Wednesday that Tebow’s decision to change sports came as no shock.
“Nothing Tim does surprises me,” Mullen said on a conference call. “I know he’s an open competitor. So I think he’s a guy that loves to compete, and so I bet he would give just about anything a go.”
Tebow’s former head coach, Urban Meyer, wasn’t surprised either. He told the Columbus Dispatch’s Tim May that people should take the former Heisman winner’s baseball skills seriously.
“I kind of knew a while back, we chatted (about the baseball attempt),” Meyer said. “He visited here earlier and this actually has been in the works. He’s been thinking about it for a while. This didn’t just happen overnight. And I’m very biased and everybody knows that. And don’t count him out.”
Tebow last played baseball in high school. When Meyer was considering recruiting the quarterback to play football at Florida, he went and watched him play a high school baseball game.
The coach said he didn’t believe the hype before he saw Tebow play. Then he became a believer.
“Incredible, incredible baseball player,” said Meyer. “That’s when I bought in–I drank the Kool-Aid when I watched, because (before) I kept hearing about this, ‘Tebow, Tebow, Tebow.’ You got a little tired of it. I went and watched him play in spring baseball. He’s playing outfield. I’ve never seen a guy change a game, motivate, lead and do everything. And I walked away and said ‘That guy is one of the most unique players I’ve ever seen.'”