Fall 2021 SS Magazine

Tim Tebow out for season, but Mets say 2018 was 'nothing but a positive'

Just weeks ago, Tim Tebow was living it up.

The former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback was not only inducted into the University of Florida’s Ring of Honor, but he also made his first appearance in the Double-A Eastern League All-Star Game. The latter honor came after he defied skeptics of his journey to baseball, hitting .318 for the New York Mets’ Binghamton Rumble Ponies during the month of June.

Now, Tebow’s season is “effectively over,” Mets assistant general manager John Ricco told ESPN on Monday, the same day Adam Schefter reported the quarterback-turned-outfielder broke the hamate bone in his right hand.

But even if Tebow’s shot at a potential late-season promotion to the big leagues will have to wait, the Mets aren’t disappointed in what this means for the 30-year-old’s baseball prospects. Ricco added he views 2018 “as nothing but a positive” for Tebow since the latter has made such “great strides” in Double-A.

That attitude also jibes with that of Tebow, whose entire 2016 book “Shaken” all but preached the importance of embracing both the highs and lows of life. Tebow’s injury may be yet another reason for critics to pile on his seemingly unending quest for a big-name sports career, and yet it doesn’t figure to rattle the former Denver Broncos signal-caller’s dreams. Tebow has long pursued his athletic talents, in addition to his role as an ESPN analyst, to maintain a platform for sharing his Christian faith, helping disadvantaged children and driving charities.

And if his road to this point is any indication, it shouldn’t be a surprise to see Tebow back at it in 2019.

A first-round draft pick of the Broncos in 2010, Tebow also spent time with the New York Jets, New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles before reviving his baseball career. When he turned to the diamond in 2016, it marked the first time he’d played baseball since high school.

“Father, if You are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from Me. Yet I want Your will to be done, not Mine.” — Luke 22:42

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