Since, Tebow has worked out as a baseball player in front of 40-plus MLB scouts and signed a contract with the New York Mets as an outfielder.
On Thursday, Tebow spoke again with AOL over the phone, and dove deeper into his upcoming baseball career, how it came about and what lies ahead. He also touched again on Allstate's Good Works team, for which the roster was announced on Thursday.
We know you're a huge fan of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team and are really involved with it. The players on the team have just been announced, what should it mean to each one of those players to see their names on the list?
I think it should be an honor for them. It should be an honor that they're getting recognized for something more important than winning or losing football games. It's not about how they're playing on the field, it's about what they're doing off the field and in the community -- and the lives that they're changing.
I think it'll be humbling for a lot of these players, but at the same time it will be very rewarding to be able to get recognized for the difference that they're making in other people's lives in so many amazing ways, because there's so many awesome stories from the entire team and the coach. It's just really cool, and it's an honor. Plus, you're part of a really cool family of players that have gone before you, and I think it'll mean a lot to them.
Can you walk us through the behind-the-scenes of how your signing with the Mets really came about? There were a few rumors after your tryout, particularly with the Atlanta Braves being interested, but when did it occur to you that the Mets were a real possibility?
We were in talks with several different teams, and really appreciated every team that was interested -- I appreciate their feedback and their interest in me. I think that it came down to the Mets, just because I really like Mr. [Sandy] Alderson (Mets GM), their plan and their interest in me as a baseball player, and also as a person.
Also, as far as baseball feel goes, character goes -- just as a plan and the people I got to meet and talk to. I just really liked it and really liked their character and who they were as people, and everything else that went along with it.
You're returning to the same market as when you played for the New York Jets in 2012. New York isn't the easiest place to play, but is there anything you learned from your time with the Jets that you think will be useful this time around?
I think every place that I played in football and everything that I've gone through, I've learned from, and has helped make me who I am today. Whether that's been a good or a bad, a high or a low, I think that's been with every situation -- especially New York.
The obvious goal is to get to the Major Leagues and ultimately have success there. Have you put any sort of timeline on how long you expect it'll take to rise up the ranks?
Not really. I just gotta get to my first practice first (laughs). I'm just looking forward to that, and then we'll figure it out a little bit more and dive a little deeper.
Have any players or coaches on the Mets reached out to you since you've signed?
Yeah, there's been some of the players that have reached out to me. Encouraging texts, thoughts, well wishes -- that's been pretty cool.
What does your day-to-day training schedule look like, and does baseball come as naturally for you as football does?
There are some similarities, but also a lot of differences in the way that I go about training. It's a lot more slow-paced. But I love the training. It's been fun. I think it's enjoyable -- I've always loved the game, always loved training and the preparation, that it's hard -- if you're 3-for-10 you're really good. I love the struggle, the battle. I've always really enjoyed it, especially now that I can get back into it.
According to the team, you'll be reporting to the instructional league in a few days. What are you hoping to accomplish once you get to Port St. Lucie?
Just practice. Being able to get coaching, work, improve, see pitches, hit, throw -- everything. Just go through it, get back into it. Then we'll be getting into games, and I'll be able to get a feel for that. Just to put in the work and try to see progress every single day.
On Saturdays, you'll continue to work with the SEC Network as a college football analyst. Is there a challenge mentally to switch from baseball to football over the course of a week?
Not really. I love it. I love playing the game of baseball, I really, really enjoy being able to do SEC Nation -- it's something that's so fun and something that I've really loved the last couple of years. Let's just be honest -- I'm gonna watch all the games anyway. I'm a huge college football fan, and I always have been. So being able to show up on the weekends and share my opinion is fun.
How much baseball have you watched over the years?
You can't watch all the games -- that's for sure. I watch a decent amount, especially when you get a chance to watch games like Sunday Night Baseball. But I'd say I watch a decent amount.
One thing you brought up: In baseball, you can fail 7-of-10 times and be considered good, which is a stark contrast to football. Have you considered the adjustments you'll need to make in regard to dealing with failure?
For sure. It's all about the mindset, and I think you really just have to be prepared mentally to handle it. It's funny, I always get asked that by several teams: How will you handle a slump?
I think so much of what I've gone through over the last 10 years in sports will help me through those moments. I've gone through some pretty big highs and pretty big lows -- being cut, going back and forth. I think that it's really prepared me for handling adversity.
DENVER - DECEMBER 26: Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos prays in the end zone prior to taking on the Houston Texans at INVESCO Field at Mile High on December 26, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow #15 prays before their game vs the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, CA, Sunday, November 27, 2011. Joe Amon, The Denver Post (Photo By Joe Amon/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 1: Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators says a prayer after throwing a touchdown pass against the Michigan Wolverines in the Capital One Bowl at the Florida Citrus Bowl January 1, 2008 in Orlando, Florida. The Wolverines defeated the Gators 41-35. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 08: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets before the game against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium on October 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Texans defeated the Jets 23-17. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 13: Rocky, the mascot of the Denver Nuggets wears a Denver Broncos Tim Tebow jersey and strikes a Tebowing pose on the court after the Nuggets defeated the Miami Heat 117-104 at the Pepsi Center on January 13, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 23: Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 the New York Jets leads a players prayer after their game against the San Diego Chargers at MetLife Stadium on December 23, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Chargers defeated the Jets 27-17. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 17: Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets kneels to pray on the sideline before the game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on December 17, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans won 14-10. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 21: Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets completes drills before a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 21, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 23: Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets leads a prayer after the Jets' loss to San Diego Chargersat MetLife Stadium on December 23, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky /Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 27: Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos prays before the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on November 27, 2011 in San Diego, California. The Broncos went on to win 16-13 in overtime. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 11: Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos prays on the field prior to a game against the Chicago Bears at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 11, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 15: Tim Tebow signs autographs. The New England Patriots end their last practice, on Thursday, August 15, 2013, before the Friday exhibition game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow showed off his rookie haircut bestowed on him Saturday afternoon before practice. The Denver Broncos held a practice session at Invesco Field Saturday afternoon, August 7, 2010. The crowd was announced at more than 20,000. Karl Gehring, The Denver Post (Photo By Karl Gehring/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 14: Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos kneels and prayers with teammates and members of the New England Patriots after the Patriots won 45-10 during their AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 14, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 19: Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos kneels on the ground before their game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 19, 2010 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Colorado striker Omar Cummings took a knee in prayer like Tim Tebow after his goal in the first half. The Colorado Rapids hosted the Columbus Crew in a MLB playoff game Thursday night, October 27, 2011. Karl Gehring/The Denver Post (Photo By Karl Gehring/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 17: Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos kneels with teammates and members of the New York Jets at midfield for prayer following the game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 17, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Tebow scored the game winning touchdown as the Broncos defeated the Jets 17-13. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 17: Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 and Safety Brian Dawkins #20 of the Denver Broncos pray after the game against the New York Jets during the game at Invesco Field at Mile High on November 17, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Al Pereira/New York Jets/Getty Images)
Analyst Tim Tebow smiles as media members enter the SEC Nation studio prior to a question-and-answer session at the ESPN studios in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. ESPN held a media open house for its new SEC Network which will be produced in its Ballantyne studios in Charlotte. (Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/MCT via Getty Images)
Analyst Tim Tebow, center, smiles as he answers questions from the media on the set of SEC Nation at the ESPN studios in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. ESPN held a media open house for its new SEC Network which will be produced in its Ballantyne studios in Charlotte. (Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/MCT via Getty Images)
VANCOUVER, BC - JUNE 14: Former Heisman Trophy winning and Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow attends the UFC 174 event at Rogers Arena on June 14, 2014 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Tim Tebow and guest arrive at the White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) annual dinner in Washington on May 3, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 03: Tim Tebow (L) and Katie Shepherd attend the Bloomberg & Vanity Fair cocktail reception following the 2014 WHCA Dinner at Villa Firenze on May 3, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/VF14/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31: Tim Tebow is seen at ABC's 'Good Morning America'on January 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31: NFL player Tim Tebow attends ESPN The Party at Basketball City - Pier 36 - South Street on January 31st, 2014 in New York City (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images For ESPN)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - The Super Bowl Boulevard Blowout festivities continue all week on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, 1/31/14, airing on the ABC Television Network. Tim Tebow, who recently signed as a commentator with ESPN, is a special guest on the show. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images) STEVE YOUNG, TIM TEBOW
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - The Super Bowl Boulevard Blowout festivities continue all week on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, 1/31/14, airing on the ABC Television Network. Former NFL stars compete in the GMA Football Food Fight. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images) GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, ROBIN ROBERTS, JOSH ELLIOTT, TIM TEBOW, EMERIL LAGASSE, JOE MONTANA
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 06: ESPN analyst Tim Tebow looks on during the 2014 Vizio BCS National Championship Game between the Florida State Seminoles and the Auburn Tigers at the Rose Bowl on January 6, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 29: Tim Tebow #5 of the New England Patriots warms up prior to the preseason game against the New York Giants at Gillette Stadium on August 29, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 26: Tim Tebow smiles while being asked questions about his future in New England in the locker room after practice. The New England Patriots held a workout on the practice fields outside of Gillette Stadium this afternoon. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 22: Tim Tebow #5 of the New England Patriots throws a pass during warm-ups prior to the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on August 22, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Patriots 40-9. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/Detroit Lions/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 16: Tim Tebow #5 of the New England Patriots warms up prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Gillette Stadium on August 16, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 16: Tim Tebow #5 of the New England Patriots warms up prior to a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Gillette Stadium on August 16, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 30: Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets warms up before playing an NFL game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 30, 2012 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)