September 8, 2016 / 12:17 PM / in a year

New York Mets sign ex-NFL player Tim Tebow

(Reuters) - Former National Football League quarterback Tim Tebow has been signed by the New York Mets to a minor league baseball contract, the team said on Thursday.

Former NFL player Tim Tebow arrives at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscars Party in West Hollywood, California, U.S. on March 2, 2014. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok/File Photo

Tebow, 29, who played in the NFL for three years before becoming a television broadcaster, recently showcased his baseball skills for scouts and the media in a bid to launch a second sports career.

The Mets’ official Twitter account said Tebow was signed to a minor league contract and will participate in the team’s Instructional League.

An All-State baseball player in Florida in 2005, Tebow hit .494 as a high school junior, playing outfield. He helped Nease High School reach the final four of the Florida state playoffs.

Tebow did not play baseball as a high school senior or at the University of Florida, where in 2007 he won the Heisman Trophy as the top U.S. college football player before leading the Gators to a national championship in the 2008 season.

He played three years in the NFL with the Denver Broncos and New York Jets before his football career stalled. ESPN hired him as a football analyst in late 2013.

Reporting by Susan Heavey and Doina Chiacu in Washington and Laila Kearney in New York; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe

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