Tim Tebow says he won't speak at Republican National Convention

Former Gators quarterback dispels 'rumor,' says he's focused on his foundation

PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – Tim Tebow said he won't be speaking at the Republican National Convention next week.

The former University of Florida quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner made his intentions clear Thursday night in a video on his Instagram page.

"I wake up this morning to find out that I'm speaking at the Republican National Convention," Tebow said. "It's amazing how fast rumors fly, and that's exactly what it is -- a rumor."

Tebow said his goal has always been to make a difference in the "biggest way possible."

"One day if that's the political realm, then that's what I'll do," Tebow said. "But right now I really believe that that's through my foundation and our amazing partners and fighting for kids that can't fight for themselves."

It had been widely reported that the former Florida Gators star would be among the celebrity speakers at the RNC in Cleveland.

Tebow, who has been outspoken about his faith, said he still loves his country and that it is one nation under God. He said every person is significant and all lives matter.

"So let's come together on that. Let's unite on that," Tebow said. "Let's forget about our quarrels and our differences and let's come together on one nation under God."

Tebow has been out of football since being released by the Philadelphia Eagles before the start of the 2015 season.

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