Mets assign Tebow to Columbia

The New York Mets announced Monday that Tim Tebow will begin his professional baseball career with the Columbia Fireflies and could be appearing in Augusta soon.

Tebow, who signed a minor league contract with the Mets in September , received his first pro assignment after spending part of spring training with the major league club. He’ll join the Fireflies as an outfielder in the South Atlantic League.

Columbia opens its season April 6 at home against the Augusta GreenJackets and will play them over a four-game series. The Fireflies will visit for Augusta’s home opener April 13 and will play at Lake Olmstead Stadium through the 16th. They return for the July 4 homestand and play two more series there in August.

Tebow starred as quarterback at Florida, winning the 2007 Heisman Trophy and two national championships. He played three seasons in the National Football League between 2010-12 for the Denver Broncos and New York Jets.