Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) took a strange shot at Tim Tebow’s mercurial professional NFL career on Tuesday during a screed against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Reid took to the floor to castigate Trump over, among other topics, the Donald J. Trump Foundation, which Reid said the business mogul used like an ATM. He relayed the report that Trump paid $12,000 for a Denver Broncos helmet signed by Tebow, but he paid the bill with money from the charity.
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"Tim Tebow, I’m sure, is a fine man," Reid said. "His college career was terrific. Heisman Award winner. His professional career was kind of—wasn’t so good. But everything I know about the man, he’s a good person."
Reid then briefly summarized that Tebow had joined the New York Mets to pursue a baseball career and said he hoped "he does well."
After a superb career at the University of Florida that included a Heisman win and two national titles, Tebow was a first-round draft pick of the Broncos and helped lead them to the playoffs in 2011 with a flurry of down-to-the-wire victories, although his overall numbers were hardly elite. He was traded to the Jets in 2012 and played sparingly, and he washed out of the NFL after abbreviated stints with the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots.