It seemed that when the Eagles released Tim Tebow out of training camp last year following numerous failed attempts to gain a foothold as an NFL quarterback, his time playing football professionally had simply run out. As it turns out, Tebow says he chose to step away from the game, and part of the reason was concussions.
As Tebow tells to Adam Kilgore for The Washington Post, there were still offers out there to play football, either at positions other than quarterback or in the Canadian Football League. However, as it turns out his passion for the game of baseball matched or exceeded his love of football.
That, and Tebow was understandably worried about his long-term health from continuing to play football.
“I would say, was it a big reason? No,” Tebow said. “Was it a factor? Absolutely. Especially for all the opportunities that I had to play different positions – which I was honored to have – and I didn’t choose those primarily because of injuries or concussions. I chose that because I love playing the quarterback position. And obviously, you could see that when I played, I wasn’t necessarily the most-worried about injuries the way I played, always going head-first. I think there’s definitely a piece that, this is for real. Concussions are real. One day, do I want to have grandkids and be able to hang with them and go play ball and play catch with them? Absolutely. So is that something that’s in the back of your mind? Yeah.”
It’s not at all surprising to hear, as more and more players are retiring earlier and earlier due to injuries, most frequently out of fear from concussions as we learn more about the effects. It especially might make sense for Tebow, who at 29 years old has options in broadcasting or apparently playing professional baseball for some reason, both of which are far safer lines of work.
For the veteran minimum Tebow would receive in the NFL or whatever the CFL pays, it seems like a good time to get out. After all, seeing as it’s been five years since Tebow started a game at quarterback and hasn’t been on a roster since 2012, it’s probably safe to let go of that dream.