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Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow is now pursuing a career in professional baseball and will hold a workout for major league teams later this month, according to agents Jimmy Sexton and Nick Khan.
Tebow, who turns 29 on Sunday, was a former all-state prep school baseball player in Florida. He last played baseball full-time in 2004 as a high school junior for Nease High.
“Tim’s athletic ability, his work ethic, his leadership and his competitiveness were evident in football and will show in baseball,” Sexton said in a statement. “Knowing Tim’s passion and desire, we won’t be surprised by anything he accomplishes.”
Tebow won the 2007 Heisman Trophy at Florida and had a dynamic college football career. His NFL career wasn’t as productive and he played just three seasons — two with the Denver Broncos and also with the New York Jets in 2012.
Tebow, who is currently a broadcaster for ESPN, has been preparing for a move to baseball for several months by working out in Scottsdale, Ariz.
“This may sound like a publicity stunt, but nothing could be further from the truth,” Brodie Van Wagenen, co-head of Creative Artists Agency, said in a statement. “I have seen Tim’s workouts and people inside and outside the industry — scouts, executives, players and fans — will be impressed by his talent.
“As an agent, I have a genuine respect for how hard it is to succeed at the game of baseball and a true admiration for those who possess the talent to play it at the major-league level. Tim’s tool set is real.”
An invitation to Tebow’s workout will be extended to all 30 major-league teams.