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Former NFL Player Tim Tebow Makes Strides Against the Fort Myers Miracle

Jul 14, 2017 04:02AM ● By Kevin
Tim Tebow, University of Florida standout quarterback, and former NFL player, has turned his sights to a career in baseball. After stints with the Scottsdale Scorpions and Columbia Fireflies, Tebow was assigned to the St. Lucie Mets, where he had the opportunity to visit Fort Myers around the Fourth of July.

Just days after the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner hit his first homerun for his new team, Tebow brought in some revenue to the city, visiting for a four-day series from June 30 to July 3.

While in town, Tebow went just 2 for 7 at the plate – a single and a double – driving in three runs and striking out twice. He's averaging .327 at the plate this season and has played in 16 games. He has three homeruns and 10 RBI.

Tebow's stay in Fort Myers drew 4,500 presale tickets for the first Friday night, according to the News Press. "The Miracle expected a similar crowd Saturday, the largest non-fireworks attendance ever on Sunday and a sellout Monday for the annual July 3 fireworks," the article said.

Only 4,015 showed up to see Sunday’s doubleheader after 6,315 came for Friday’s game," according to Wink News.

Tebow's announcement to make a run at professional baseball was shocking to some, as he previously was involved in broadcasting. His name was also always in the mix as an early-summer addition to NFL training camps. His last stint in football was with the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2015 preseason.

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