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Tim Tebow Addresses XFL Interest At Mets' Spring Training

Tim Tebow on the field before a game.

GAINESVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 07: Tim Tebow watches the action during the game between the Florida Gators and the LSU Tigers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Tim Tebow has not played football in several years. The former college star and NFL quarterback is all-in on his broadcasting and baseball careers right now.

That doesn't mean that football teams are done with Tebow though. Apparently, the fledgling XFL showed interest in the 32-year-old for its 2020 season, but Tebow resisted any overtures.

During a press conference at New York Mets spring training today, Tebow reiterated that he is focused on baseball. However, he has high hopes for the XFL and thinks the league can be successful.

Tebow is entering his fourth season with the Mets organization. He spent last season in Syracuse with the team's Triple-A affiliate, playing in 77 games while battling injuries. Tebow hit just .163/.240/.255 with four home runs and 19 RBI.

Without question, 2020 is a critical season for Tebow as a baseball player. He's not a legitimate prospect, but his popularity and cache are keeping him afloat in the minor leagues.

Tebow's 2018 campaign in Double-A--a .273/.336/.399 slash line in 84 games--actually wasn't bad. However, he slumped badly when promoted to Triple-A in 2019.

One step from the major leagues, Tebow needs to show signs of improvement this year in order to have a shot to make the Mets' roster at some point.