The last time Tim Tebow was on a field in Columbia, he was completing 14 of 25 passes for 199 yards and a touchdown as the Florida Gators defeated the University of South Carolina Gamecocks.
Now, eight years later, the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback will be suiting up for the Columbia Fireflies baseball team.
“Tim Tebow will bring major excitement and national attention to the Fireflies and city of Columbia,” Fireflies President John Katz said in a news release. “Baseball fans, sports fans and Tim Tebow fans will likely come from around the Southeast to see him play. We expect this to add to the energy at Spirit Communications Park and around downtown Columbia, especially during our opening weekend April 6-9."
Tebow signed with the New York Mets on Sept. 8 and participated in three Florida Instructional League games, hitting a home run in his first at-bat. The 29-year-old finished 4 for 14 (.286), with two walks, in those three games. Later in the fall, he played in 19 contests in the Arizona Fall League. It was the first time the former NFL quarterback played organized baseball since his junior year of high school in 2005.
“Tebow’s story is so compelling — from the BCS National Championships and the NFL playoffs to reinventing himself as a professional baseball player,” Katz said. “His humility, faith and unwavering commitment to better himself will bring a new dynamic to our clubhouse. Having a player that has achieved his level of success on two big stages will ultimately pay huge dividends for our players as they pursue their dreams of playing for the New York Mets.”
Individual game and partial and full season ticket plans for the 2017 season are now on sale.