Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow has successfully landed a deal with the New York Mets. Tebow, who has not played baseball since his senior year of high school in 2005 received a $100,000 signing bonus on September 8 to play in the Mets’ minor league system. Tebow is no stranger to the Big Apple as he played for the New York Jets in 2012, his last full season on an NFL roster.
The 29-year-old announced that he would switch gears to pursue a career in baseball last month after three seasons as an NFL quarterback. He held an open workout on August 30 in Los Angeles where 28 MLB teams watched him showcase his hitting and fielding skills.
During his time as an NFL free agent, he worked as a college football analyst for ESPN with the SEC Network. Prior to his short pro career, Tebow spent four years with the Florida Gators where he became one of the top college football players in the nation. He won the Heisman Trophy in 2007, becoming the first sophomore in the history of college football to do so.
Tebow still plans to work with ESPN over the weekends during his training with the Mets. He will play in the Mets’ instructional league to officially kickoff his pro baseball career.