Back in July, before Tim Tebow decided to be a professional baseball player, the 2010 Broncos first-rounder who hasn’t played in a regular-season game since 2012, said that he could still be an effective quarterback in the NFL.

The numbers say otherwise; over three seasons that included 16 starts, Tebow completed 48 percent of his passes, threw 17 touchdowns, nine interceptions, was sacked 41 times and had a passer rating of 75.3. He was so inconsistent that a common talking point was that he could prolong his career by switching positions, with tight end or H-back most often mentioned as a more suitable alternative.

But Tebow has said previously that he never considered anything other than quarterback, and he reiterated that point on Thursday.

“For me it’s always about pursuing what’s in your heart, what you love, what you’re passionate about, and I love the game of football but what I really love doing is playing the quarterback position,” Tebow said during an appearance on the “Dan Patrick Show.”

“I’ve had a lot of good opportunities to play another position but that just wasn’t in my heart. It wasn’t something I wanted to do. If I was going to make a change I’d rather make a change to baseball.”

And a week ago, Tebow 2.0 became a reality; he signed with the Mets, and headed off to the instructional league to begin his professional baseball career.

Tebow, who told Patrick that it has been some time since an NFL team showed interested, sounded excited about his new line of work.

“Everything happens for a reason,” he said. “I’m grateful for what I’m doing right now and my opportunities for the Mets. I’m truly excited about pursuing this.”

Source: CBS Sports / Tim Tebow: I’d only play QB in NFL, switching positions ‘just wasn’t in my heart’