There’s no one reason why Tim Tebow gave up football.
Multiple factors played a part in the decision as he now embarks on a career within the New York Mets organization. While not a big factor, Tebow did admit on Thursday that concussions played a role in his decision.
“I would say, was it a big reason? No,” Tebow said, according to the Washington Post. “Was it a factor? Absolutely. Especially for all the opportunities that I had to play different positions – which I was honored to have – and I didn’t choose those primarily because of injuries or concussions. I chose that because I love playing the quarterback position. And obviously, you could see that when I played, I wasn’t necessarily the most-worried about injuries the way I played, always going head-first. I think there’s definitely a piece that, this is for real. Concussions are real. One day, do I want to have grandkids and be able to hang with them and go play ball and play catch with them? Absolutely. So is that something that’s in the back of your mind? Yeah.”
While he didn’t have a history of concussions, Tebow received one in his senior season at Florida when he was sacked by Kentucky’s Taylor Wyndham.