Tim Tebow Mets Rumors: Former NFL QB Reacts To First Day In Mets Uniform [PHOTO, VIDEO]

By Mike Smollins @MikeSmollins
on Sep 19, 2016 11:19 PM EDT
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Now that he's a Met, Tim Tebow is hoping his transition from football to baseball will be amazin.

Tebowmania invaded the Mets' minor league complex at Port St. Lucie, Fla., on Monday as the former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL star made his Mets debut. Tebow partook in batting practice and entertained the hundreds of fans who showed up to watch him embark on his journey.

Though he has insisted his pursuit of an MLB career isn't a sideshow, Tebow still has his share of detractors. The former quarterback addressed the perception that he has a chip on his shoulder and is out to prove himself.

"A lot of people might say, "You have a chip on your shoulder,''' Tebow said, according to USA Today Sports. "Well, I guess I have a little chip. But it's not really the naysayers. It's more that I want to prove the coaches right, the Mets' organization, my teammates, and try to be the best player I can. More important, the best person I can.''

Tebow said he followed his heart and is part of the Mets family now. He also declared himself ready to give it his all.

"I'm ready for that grind,'' he said. "I think a lot of people for some reason think of my life that would be hard for me. Two months ago, I was in the Philippines for three weeks (on a Christian mission), taking bucket baths....hiking mountains to villages where nobody has been before."

The two-sport athlete also took to Twitter to address his debut:

The news of Tebow hunting down a potential MLB career created quite a stir when it was announced by his agents and he has already made money off the endeavor by selling signed baseball memorabilia. Tebow received mixed reviews from scouts after holding a workout for 28 of the 30 MLB teams on Aug. 30. The former NFL star hasn't played baseball since high school, where he hit .498, but the Mets took a shot on him.

Now that his Mets debut is under his belt, Tebow insists he's ready to continue this journey to the fullest.

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