Why did Tim Tebow retire? We explore why the American sportsman left both baseball and football as it is announced he might attempt an NFL comeback.
Tim Tebow, 33, played college football for the University of Florida before being drafted into the NFL. He had an illustrious college career, having secured the Heisman Trophy in 2007.
From 2010 to 2015, Tebow played for a number of NFL teams. He then moved to baseball, signing a minor league contract with the New York Mets in 2016. Now, Tim Tebow has retired from baseball and is looking to return to his original sport of choice.
Why did Tim Tebow retire from the NFL?
Although Tim Tebow flourished in his college football career, when he got to the NFL, he started to struggle. Tebow moved from team to team during his five-year stint in the NFL.
First, Tebow was with the Denver Broncos from 2010 to 2011 – he started in the 2011 season. In 2012, Tebow was traded to the New York Jets. The following year, Tebow went to the New England Patriots but didn’t play in any pro games.
After Tim Tebow was released by the Patriots on 31 August 2013, he pursued a career in sports broadcasting. He joined the SEC Network in December 2013 but didn’t give up on his NFL dreams.
The quarterback had one final attempt to play with the Philadelphia Eagles. He signed with the team in 2015 but, again, didn’t play any games while under their wing. Tebow was released by the Eagles in September 2015 and hasn’t played in the NFL since.
Tim Tebow retires from baseball
After failing to land a position as an NFL quarterback, Tim Tebow turned his attention to baseball.
Tebow signed with the New York Mets in September 2016, despite not having played organised baseball since high school. However, five years into his baseball career, Tim Tebow has retired. His retirement from the sport was announced in February 2021.
Mets president Sandy Alderson said in a statement:. “It has been a pleasure to have Tim in our organization as he’s been a consummate professional during his four years with the Mets.
“By reaching the Triple-A level in 2019, he far exceeded expectations when he first entered the system in 2016 and he should be very proud of his accomplishments.”
In the same statement, Tebow said: “I want to thank the Mets, Mr Alderson, the fans and all my teammates for the chance to be a part of such a great organization. I loved every minute of the journey, but at this time I feel called in other directions.
“I never want to be partially in on anything. I always want to be 100 per cent in on whatever I choose. Thank you again for everyone’s support of this awesome journey in baseball, I’ll always cherish my time as a Met. #LGM”
Tim Tebow announces interest in returning to NFL
This month (April 2021), it was reported that Tim Tebow is attempting to return to the NFL.
The quarterback worked out for the Jacksonville Jaguars as a tight end.
Ian Rapoport tweeted that “there has been at least some discussion” of Jacksonville signing him.