USA TODAY SPORTS - Fans streamed in by the hundreds on Monday morning to watch former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow in his first workout for the New York Mets on Monday morning at the club's instructional league camp in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Clad in the No. 15 he wore in winning two football national championships at the University of Florida, Tebow, at 6-2 and 255 pounds, cut an imposing and, well, mature figure compared to his minor league teammates, whose average age was 21. Tebow turned 29 in August, and his window to reach the major leagues from this very modest beginning is narrow.
No shortage of Tebow admirers streamed into the facility as his professional baseball career began, and that shouldn't be too surprising.
Port St. Lucie is in the heart of Florida Gators country, less than 250 miles south from Gainesville.
Tim Tebow assigned No 15 in #Mets instructional league, yep, his old football number— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) September 19, 2016
Tebow, who worked out for major league scouts in August, received a $100,000 bonus from the Mets. He will be part of workouts through Thursday, but will be excused Friday and Saturday for his college football analyst duties with the SEC Network.
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