Steve Spurrier will man the sidelines as head coach of the Orlando franchise in a spring football league set to launch next February. Might Tim Tebow be his quarterback?
The former head coach for the University of Florida, University of South Carolina, and the Washington Redskins, was asked about the possibility of coaching Tebow. Spurrier was warm to the idea.
“That would be wonderful,” Spurrier said, per Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel. “I think Tim knows about our league. He knows he’s welcome to come down (to Orlando) and play. … Obviously, if his baseball career is going well, he may decide to stick with it, which I would certainly understand. But if it doesn’t go to well and he has the urge to play football, we would certainly welcome him in Orlando.”
While Spurrier left Florida before Tebow’s arrival, there is a natural history between the two. Each started under center and won a Heisman Trophy for the Gators.
Obviously, a lot has to happen before Tebow returns to the gridiron. If he succeeds in Minor League Baseball this year, a return to football probably isn’t in the cards. Granted, it will take more than one Double-A home run to really succeed as a baseball player. But it is worth noting that New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has said that he sees Tebow making it to the majors.
But if that doesn’t happen and Tebow wants to return to football, at least one door is open to him.