He’s never going away: Baseball player Tim Tebow signs contract extension with ESPN

ESPN announced Monday that Tebow, who is hitting .242 with two home runs in 26 games with the New York Mets single-A affiliate this season, will continue in his role with the SEC Network’s traveling pre-game show “SEC Nation.”

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Tim Tebow is stayin on as an ESPN broadcast. (Joshua Kelly/USA Today Sports)

Tim Tebow is staying on as an ESPN broadcast. (Joshua Kelly/USA Today Sports)

Columbia Fireflies outfielder and former Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow has agreed to a multiyear contract extension with ESPN to stay on as a college football color commentator.

ESPN announced Monday that Tebow, who is hitting .242 with two home runs in 26 games with the New York Mets single-A affiliate this season, will continue in his role with the SEC Network’s traveling pre-game show “SEC Nation.”

“I love the passion that SEC fans bring to our set every Saturday morning,” said Tebow, who just may be the all-time leader in using the word “passion.”

He continued: “And I look forward to continuing to share my own love of the game with fans on ESPN and SEC Network.”

ESPN said in a news release that the company will continue to allow him to pursue his career as a baseball player.

Tebow, 29, is the oldest player on the Fireflies by a significant margin. The second oldest player on the team, pitcher Witt Haggard, is 25.

His extension with ESPN comes roughly two weeks after the network went through a massive round of layoffs that included well-known names like NFL reporter Ed Werder, Golden State Warriors beat writer Ethan Strauss, MLB writer Jayson Stark and SportsCenter anchor Sara Walsh, who returned from maternity leave only to discover that she’d lost her job.

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