Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow is bidding for a career in Major League Baseball, according to his agent.
Tebow, a first-round pick in the 2010 NFL draft, started only 18 games in spells with the Denver Broncos and New York Jets before drifting out of the league, failing to earn a roster spot after a pre-season trial with the Philadelphia Eagles last year.
He has since been working as a broadcaster for ESPN and agent Jimmy Sexton told the same network that his client, who turns 29 on Sunday, is planning a change of sport.
“Obviously we support Tim in his pursuit of a baseball career, as we have in all his ventures,” he said.
“Tim’s athletic ability, his work ethic, his leadership and his competitiveness were evident in football and will show in baseball. Knowing Tim’s passion and desire, we won’t be surprised by anything he accomplishes.”
Tebow has not played baseball regularly since 2005, when he was an All-State player for Nease High School in Florida before switching full-time to the gridiron.
ESPN reported he will hold a workout at the end of August with all 30 MLB teams invited.
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