Tebow, 34, last played in an NFL regular season game in 2012 as a quarterback and spent the last few years playing minor league baseball with the New York Mets organization. He remains a popular figure in Jacksonville, his hometown, for his stellar college career and outspoken Christian faith.
Tebow was gracious and appreciative for the opportunity in a statement on Twitter.
“Thankful for the highs and even the lows, the opportunities, and the setbacks. I’ve never wanted to make decisions out of fear of failure and I’m grateful for the chance to have pursued a dream,” he said. “Thank you to the Jaguars organization and everyone who has supported me in this journey. And we know that…God works all things together for good. Romans 8:28”
A two-time national champion with the Florida Gators, Tebow was selected in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos, where he played for two seasons.