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In wake of season-ending injury, Tebow baseball success might be greatest accomplishment

Tim Tebow at bat for the Eastern Division All-Stars in the fifth inning of the game vs. the Western Division All-Stars hosted by the Trenton Thunder at Arm & Hammer Park on July 11, 2018 in Trenton, N.J. H

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By MIKE BIANCHI | Orlando Sentinel | Published: July 24, 2018

(Tribune News Service) — Tim Tebow has a broken hand and his baseball season is probably over.

Who knows, his brief baseball career might be over as well.

But even if it is — even if he never plays another inning for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies or any other minor league or Major League baseball team — Timmy Terrific proved all of you wrong. He proved he could be a respectable ballplayer even though it had been a dozen years since he last played organized baseball as a junior at Nease High School in Jacksonville, Fla.

Tebow, playing for the New York Mets’ Double-A affiliate in Binghamton, broke a bone in his right hand Friday night and is likely out for the rest of the season, according to multiple media reports. He was placed on the disabled list and is scheduled to undergo surgery Tuesday.

Let’s face it, Tebow probably has no real future as a big-league ballplayer. He will, after all, turn 31 next month — considered ancient for a minor league prospect — and still is not close to being a Major League-caliber player.

But, as always, he proved that if a skilled athlete wants something bad enough and works at it hard enough then he can become a success. Imagine what more gifted athletes like Johnny Manziel or Josh Gordon could have been if they had Tebow’s work ethic, drive, desire, mental toughness and character.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying Tebow ever would have become a great baseball player, but it’s admirable that he became a decent one. Correction: It’s ABSOLUTELY AMAZING that he wasn’t an embarrassingly bad baseball player. He actually played in the Eastern League All-Star Game earlier this month and was batting .273 with six home runs and 36 RBIs at the time of his injury.

This, in my opinion, might be an even greater athletic accomplishment than winning a Heisman Trophy or national championships as a Florida Gators quarterback or winning an NFL playoff game as a Denver Broncos QB.

Then again, Tebow has spent his entire athletic life proving wrong the nattering nabobs of negativity.

All he’s ever done is win. He won a state championship in high school while playing on broken leg. He won two national championships and a Heisman Trophy in college. He recorded a playoff victory during his only season as an NFL starter.

And, all the while, nobody really believed in him.

Here’s all you need to know: Never in the modern history of football has there been a quarterback chosen in the first round of the NFL draft who was given less of a chance to be a starter. I’ve researched this and I can’t find one example of a quarterback who compiled a winning record (8-4) as a starter, took his team to the playoffs in his only year as a starter and never again started another NFL game.

If this hand injury is, in fact, the end of Tebow’s sports career then let us all pay homage to one of the greatest athletes in the history of the State of Florida.

As Tebow himself said in n his legendary” Promise Speech” at the University of Florida:

“I promise you one thing. … You will never see any player in the entire country play as hard as I will play. … You will never see someone push the rest of the team as hard as I will push everybody. … God bless.”

God bless you, Timothy Richard Tebow.

And get well soon.

Even if you never take another swing or play another down, you have been an inspiration to us all — on and off the field.

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