Tim Tebow receives baseball offer from independent league team

Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow is pursuing a career in professional baseball, and has received a contract offer from an Independent League team in Illinois.

The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner out of Florida will hold a workout for Major League Baseball teams despite not playing full-time baseball since high school. The Schaumburg, Illinois, Boomers of the Independent Frontier League issued a news release saying they have offered Tebow a contract.

"We're looking for an athletic outfielder who can bring some leadership and competitiveness into the clubhouse," Boomers manager Jamie Bennett said. "Tebow brings all of those characteristics and then some. I think he'd be a great fit here in Schaumburg."

Tebow was an All-State baseball player in Florida and hit .494 as a junior, helping Nease High School reach Florida state playoffs.

ESPN reports  that Tebow has been "training in Arizona and Los Angeles" to play baseball "for almost the past year to hone his play as a professional batter and outfielder in a sport he has not played on a full-time basis since he was in high school in 2005."