Tim Tebow goes deep on why he left football behind: ‘I love the quarterback position’
Tim Tebow enjoys his baseball experiment.
Sometimes, the sight of the former Florida quarterback on a baseball field instead of taking a snap behind center is strange. The former Heisman Trophy winner became a national fascination with his signature charisma with the Gators. Of course, he continued to be a nationwide fascination during his NFL stint.
These days, Tebow has rekindled his baseball passion with the New York Mets’ Class A affiliate, the Columbia (S.C.) Fireflies. Recently, he took part in a fascinating interview with The Monday Morning Quarterback, which be found on the latest podcast with Sports Illustrated‘s Peter King.
One of the most interesting parts of the lengthy discussion was when Tebow explained why he chose baseball over pursuing football at a position other than quarterback. Check out part of his answer below.
“I love the sport of football. I love the team aspect, but probably my favorite part of the game of football was when there were 2 minutes left, we’re down by 6, I stand in the huddle, the other 10 guys on offense are looking at me, depending on me to help get the job done. And that leadership aspect, the fire, the passion, everything, then getting it done. And that’s something that really comes from the quarterback position. Yeah, you can do it at other positions, but I love playing the quarterback position.
“Although there were certain teams that really liked me at H-back or running back or tight end, it just wasn’t my passion. And although I thought about it and gave it prayer and consideration, when I thought how excited or how much in love I’m going to be doing this versus giving baseball a shot, my eyes always lit up when I talked about this endeavor.”
It’s cool to see Tebow so at peace with his decision. Yes, it sounds like he could be on a roster somewhere as an H-back, running back or tight end. But the former Florida signal caller knew that life wouldn’t excite him, and he chose to do something different that made him happy.
It will be fun to see how far Tebow’s baseball career takes him.
— The MMQB (@theMMQB) April 19, 2017