After reports surfaced last night that former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow would be speaking at the Republican National Convention next week, that is now no longer the case.
The former Heisman Trophy winner took to Instagram to explain that he would not be attending the convention as he had just returned from the Phillipines.
“It’s amazing how fast rumors fly and that’s exactly what it is, a rumor,” Tebow says in the video.
Tebow also spoke about his potential political aspirations. Tebow’s name surfaced as a potential member of the House of Representatives earlier this year, but ultimately decided against running.
“My goal has always been to make a difference in the biggest way possible. And if one day that is in the political realm, then that is what I’ll do,” Tebow said. “But for now I really believe that’s through my foundation and our amazing partners and fighting for kids who can’t fight for themselves.”
Tebow will continue to serve in his role on the SEC Network pregame show SEC Nation. Tebow also hopes to play in the NFL, though he has not played in the NFL since 2012.
In his four years at Florida, the Gators won two national championships. Tebow also became the third Gator to win the Heisman trophy, joining Steve Spurrier and Danny Wuerffel. Tebow threw for 9,286 yards and 88 touchdowns while rushing for 2,947 yards and 57 touchdowns from 2006-09.
The Republican National Convention is set to take place in Cleveland and begins on Monday the 18. The convention will end on Thursday the 21.