Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow is reportedly changing sports, and he already has an offer from the Schaumburg Boomers (independent; Frontier League).
Tebow’s NFL career never took off as some had hoped it would, as he has not appeared in a regular season game since 2012. He starred as a baseball player in high school and is looking to return to the sport, as he will reportedly stage a workout for MLB teams later this month.
With this news developing over the course of this morning, the Boomers decided to get in on the action. Here is the team’s statement:
The Schaumburg Boomers, a member of the independent Frontier League announced today that they have offered former NFL quarterback and Florida Gator, Tim Tebow, a contract to play as an outfielder for the franchise. Details about the contract have not been released.
The 29-year old Tebow played parts of three seasons in the NFL with the Denver Broncos and New York Jets in addition to participating in training camp during two other seasons with the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles. Best known for being a quarterback for the Florida Gators who is outspoken about his Christian faith, Tebow led the Gators to two National Championships during his time in Gainesville, along with being the first college sophomore to ever win the Heisman Trophy.
“We’re looking for an athletic outfielder who can bring some leadership and competitiveness into the clubhouse,” said Schaumburg Boomers Manager Jamie Bennett, “Tebow brings all of those characteristics and then some. I think he’d be a great fit here in Schaumburg.”
“I understand that Tim’s ultimate goal is to make it to the major leagues, just like every other guy on our team,” stated Boomers General Manager Pete Laven, “With our proximity to Chicago and the fact that major league scouts come through our park on a regular basis, I think this is the perfect situation for Tim to showcase his skills in a game situation.”
This is not the first time a minor or independent league team has linked itself to Tebow. Back in 2012, the Lake Elisnore Storm (High A; California League) made a similar offer.
Update: Another team is jumping in on the Tebow news, the Fort Myers Miracle (High A; Florida State League) will host What Can Tim Tebow Do? night on Thursday. The planned promotion is complete with a job fair, and free admission for anyone wearing a Tebow jersey.