Meyer on Tim Tebow's baseball pursuit: 'Don't count him out'

Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow got his much-anticipated tryout in front of Major League Baseball scouts on Tuesday, and the reviews from media on hand weren't especially good.

That's not surprising, given what was expected, but the 29-year-old's former college coach, Urban Meyer, doesn't put the challenge past him.

"I kind of knew a while back, we chatted (about the baseball attempt)," Meyer said on Monday, per The Plain Dealer of Cleveland. "He visited here earlier and this actually has been in the works. He's been thinking about it for a while. This didn't just happen overnight. And I'm very biased and everybody knows that. And don't count him out."

Meyer coached Tebow at Florida, where the Gators won a pair of national championships during Tebow's career.

NFL Media's Andrew Siciliano was on hand for the workout, and posted this clip of Tebow launching a home run.

However, Siciliano noted that once live batting practice began with former big-league pitchers Chad Smith and David Aardsma, Tebow didn't fare as well. Tebow last played baseball as an outfielder at St. Augustine (Fla.) Nease High. A layoff of about a decade makes Tebow the longest of longshots for a pro-baseball career, regardless of his athleticism, which apparently was still on impressive display when he ran for MLB scouts on Tuesday.

If the miracle happens, though, Meyer will be able to say he told us so.

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