Former Jets quarterback Tim Tebow has signed with the New York Rumble, of Major League Ultimate.
The Rumble made the announcement this afternoon at a press conference, where GM Michelle Kondracki spoke with reporters.
“Ladies and gentlemen, the rumors are true: Tim Tebow will be joining the New York Rumlbe for the remainder of the 2013 season,” said Kondracki.
“Tim is a phenomenal athlete, a charismatic leader, and a wonderful human being,” said Kondracki. “We believe he represents everything that Major League Ultimate and the New York Rumble stand for.”
Tebow will have to learn ultimate on the fly, as he has primarily concentrated on football in recent years, playing for the University of Florida, the Denver Broncos, and the New York Jets.
“We really believe that Tim’s natural athleticism and drive to compete will carry him a long way in this game, even if his throwing mechanics are still raw,” Kondracki said.
Said Tebow to reporters:
“I would like to take this moment to thank Ms. Kondracki, the New York Rumble, Major League Ultimate, and all the fans for making all of this possible—and of course, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for giving me the strength to face the challenges before me with confidence” said Tebow.
“I am thrilled to be joining the New York Rumble and the exciting sport of ultimate. And I am honored to become part of an organization that has dedicated itself to professionalism and sportsmanship—one that has continued the proud tradition of New York pro sports teams playing in New Jersey.”
The signing will involve a position-switch, according to Kondracki.
“We’ve decided to move Tim off quarterback and to use him as a downfield receiver on our team,” said Kondracki. “His speed and power should play well toward the end-zone, particularly as a deep-cutter in horizontal offenses. Plus, our sport doesn’t have quarterbacks.”
Asked about the change of positions, Tebow dismissed concerns that he might struggle to adjust.
“I’m not too worried about that right now. When you think about it, I haven’t really played quarterback since I signed with the Jets, so it’s nothing new.”
The financial terms of the signing were not disclosed, but inside sources have indicated that the deal will make Tebow the highest-paid player in the league, and that the total guaranteed salary may exceed $700.
ESPN’s Skip Bayliss has resigned in protest.