Tim Tebow won’t give up on MLB dreams to join Urban Meyer in NFL
New York Mets minor leaguer Tim Tebow insists his long-shot aspirations of reaching the major leagues would prevent him from joining his former college football in the NFL if such an opportunity were to arise.
Urban Meyer, who coached Tebow to a Heisman Trophy and won two BCS national championships with the quarterback during his tenure with the Florida Gators, is believed to be finalizing a deal to make the leap from the college ranks to become the next head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
While there has been no indication that Meyer has made overtures to Tebow about possibly joining his staff in some capacity, the Mets farmhand nevertheless was asked if he would accept such a job.
“For me,” Tebow said, per TMZ Sports, “I’m super excited about spring training. So, that’s where my focus kind of swirls right now.”
Tebow confirmed last November that he is fully committed to the goal of reaching the MLB level despite his minor-league career seemingly being stuck in neutral for some time. The Mets organization, where Tebow presently toils at the Triple-A level, said at the time it was supportive of the minor-leaguer going forward.
However, that was under the previous regime that was shown the door after billionaire hedge fund manager Steve Cohen purchased the team late last year, so it’s possible the new front office won’t be as enamored with the Tebow experiment.
In other words, 2021 might be Tebow’s last shot of realizing his MLB dreams. Still, the odds of Tebow ending up working with Meyer, who the ballplayer hails as “like a father figure to me” — seem remote at best. Tebow, however, believes Meyer has what it takes to make it at the NFL level.
“I believe he’ll do a great job,” Tebow said of Meyer.