Spurrier: We'll Have A No. 15 Jersey Waiting For Tebow In Orlando

The Ole Ball Coach is trying to recruit Tim Tebow to the Alliance of American Football

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April 16, 2018 - 12:11 pm

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The Alliance of American Football will debut in February 2019, and it won’t be short on star power. Steve Spurrier will coach the Orlando franchise and is already trying to recruit Tim Tebow to play quarterback.

Whether Tebow will actually play, however, remains to be seen.

“We’ve had a little contact, but right now – and I agree with Tim – he needs to concentrate on baseball,” Spurrier said on The DA Show. “I think he’s made a lot of progress in his effort to get to the big leagues. I saw he had a homer the other day. He’s going to give it his best shot in baseball.”

Tebow, 30, is playing minor league baseball with New York Mets’ Double-A affiliate in Binghamton. 

“If for some reason that doesn’t work, then he will certainly have a choice to make if he wants to come down and play,” Spurrier said. “But again, that’s up to Tim, and we certainly aren’t putting any pressure on him. I think he’s handling it the very best way.”

Tebow won the Heisman Trophy in 2007, was a first-round pick in 2010, and led the Denver Broncos to a playoff win over the Steelers in January 2012.

“If he can play in the major leagues, I think that would be an excellent career for him,” Spurrier said. “But if it doesn’t and he wants to play football, we got a No. 15 jersey waiting on him down in Orlando.”

While Spurrier needs a quarterback, he also needs a coaching staff. He’s reportedly been “nagging” Bob Stoops to be his defensive coordinator, but the former Oklahoma coach hasn't committed. 

“Well, I don’t know if I’ve been nagging him,” Spurrier said, laughing. “Bobby’s actually building a house over in Crescent Beach that’s almost ready – should be ready in three or four months, something like that. He loves Florida also, but he’s out in Oklahoma and I don’t know if he’s been away from coaching long enough to want to get back.”

Stoops, 57, coached at Oklahoma from 1999 to 2016, leading the Sooners to a national championship and ten Big 12 titles. He retired in 2017.

“I just told him, ‘You’re going to have an opportunity, if you want to, to come to Orlando for four or five months and see if we can’t win the Alliance of American Football championship,’” Spurrier said. “He hasn’t told me yay or nay yet. I told him when he says nay, then I’ll go for the next defensive coordinator down the list.”