When another former Florida coach went into the NFL and tried to win with his former Gator quarterbacks, it didn’t work.
But Steve Spurrier was trying to emulate the attacking style that worked so well in Gainesville, and the “Fun-n-Gun” wouldn’t work in Washington for Danny Wuerffel and Shane Matthews.
This, however, could be different.
Tim Tebow hasn’t played baseball in 17 months, and in the summer of 2019 he beat a buck-63 with the Mets’ Triple-A team in Syracuse. It looks like his baseball adventure surpassed the year before in Double-A, where he hit .273 but with too little power to justify his too many strikeouts.
Last year there was a COVID-induced washout that cost minor baseball the entire season. And now Tebow is 33, awaiting spring training with the Mets and what should be his defining moment in a baseball career that took root five years ago. Yes, time flies.
Before that, his footballing career was deadlocked when it became apparent that he just didn’t have everything NFL coaches want in a quarterback – most notably, he had no arms. NFL. His dream of building a career in the NFL was over, and nothing could change that.
Or could he?
Assuming you haven’t already, take a look at Taysom Hill in the Saints-Bucs playoff game on Sunday. Officially listed as a backup quarterback, Hill aligns himself all over the court as a very important and useful weapon for the Saints. Even at 33, at least for a while, maybe it could be Tim Tebow.
Of course, that was the case with Tebow for many years, before you even heard of Taysom Hill, but it’s especially fun to consider now, as Urban Meyer just took over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Tebow’s former college coach, whom he still holds in the highest regard, is now an NFL coach in Tebow’s hometown.
Tebow sort of played down the idea in a weekend interview with TMZ Sports.
“Obviously the coach and I are so close and we’ve talked about a lot of different things over the years,” he said. “But for me, I’m very excited about spring training. So that’s where I am focusing, sort of sports, right now. But are you kidding me? I loved playing for Coach and will always support him.
Did anyone hear a “no” in there?
Apparently, when the Patriots brought Tebow to preseason camp in 2013, Bill Belichick was considering using Tebow in the style of the Swiss Army Knife that the Saints have used so successfully with Hill. But Tebow stubbornly stuck to his dream of QB, which eventually saw him wake up as a minor league outfielder.
Unless something has clicked in the past 17 months and he’s suddenly able to consistently put some wood into pro pitching, Tebow and the Mets could be done by the time the Jags mini-spring camp is over. recalled in April. If it ever happens, it will happen with Urban Meyer and Jacksonville.
Tebow should be well rested, he hasn’t been touched in years and given his reputation off the pitch he’s very young at 33.
And after decades of watching professional football, I can assure you that he will never have to try to hit a curve ball.