The rebirth of the XFL is well underway and a former Florida Gator football legend says he was approached about participating in this 2020 season, but has respectfully declined to continue his baseball career.
Former Heisman trophy-winning, two time National Champion QB Tim Tebow met with the New York Mets media at their spring-training complex in Port St Lucie Sunday. And, while talking mostly about still chasing his dream to play in the big leagues, Tebow was asked about Vince McMahon’s second go-around at Spring football and whether they had been in touch with him?
The XFL reached out to Tim Tebow to see if he wanted to play:
"There was some communication"
— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) February 16, 2020
We had a couple of conversations, but it was pretty clear this was…I love what they’re (XFL) doing. It has a chance to have success…but for me? This (play baseball) is what I wanted to do”
It’s not surprising that the XFL would reach out to Tebow, who is still massively popular, especially in the state of Florida, and would have seemingly been a natural for the Tampa Bay Vipers franchise had he chosen to pursue the XFL.
This is not unlike what the debut of another Spring league, The Alliance of American Football, tried a year ago at this time, including former Gators legendary Heisman winning and National Championship winning coach, Steve Spurrier. He attempted to coax Tebow to come play with him for the Orlando franchise.
But, in both instances, Tebow has politely made clear that he believes he can make it to the majors with the Mets and wants to continue to pursue his baseball dream. He made his way to Triple A Syracuse last summer before suffering a hand injury and ending a bid to possibly be on the Mets September roster.
So, Tebow’s journey will continue with the Mets in the Grapefruit League for the next six weeks prior to the start of the 2020 season.
Add to it that the 32 year old Tebow recently wed South African former Miss Universe, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters. So, they’re obviously other priorities in his life besides just resuming a football career.
Still, that’s the way that most Gator fans will always choose to remember the iconic Tebow, who has still almost “Elvis-like” status no matter where he goes in Gainesville. And, that includes occasional visits for his weekend duties with the SEC network Saturday college football show.
For now, that’s the closest he’ll be to a football field.