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Tim Tebow threw and hit some baseballs in front of 40 MLB scouts yesterday, and didn’t seem to impress too many of them. One scout described him as an “actor trying to portray a baseball player,” and another proclaimed that the former quarterback “has a long way to go.” Most everyone there seemed to agree that Tebow was not very good at throwing the ball, which is maybe the least surprising revelation in history.

But none of that matters to Tim Tebow, not really. What matters is that, according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, Tebow just signed a multiyear endorsement deal with a shoe and apparel brand. The key here is the timing of the deal:

Sources said there was always an active dialogue between Tebow and shoe and apparel companies. His attempt to make it in baseball accelerated that timeline.


Maybe Tim Tebow really does have a burning desire to play professional baseball, and maybe he will spend the next few years of his life riding buses and earning peanuts in the minors, all for a shot at making a big-league roster one day.

Or, I don’t know, maybe speaking fees aren’t what they used to be, and Tebow was just looking for a way to secure another source of income and pump a little more air into his public profile. It doesn’t really matter either way, because the only certain outcome is that Tebow will remain rich and famous.

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