Tebow, Chipper to open training facility

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Even though they are two of the most famous athletes to come from Jacksonville, Tim Tebow and Chipper Jones have never met.

That might change soon.

The New York Jets quarterback and the Atlanta Braves third baseman are partnering to open a D1 Sports Training facility in Orlando. It will house an indoor turf field and a state-of-the-art weight room to go with a sports medicine and therapy clinic run by Orlando Orthopaedic Center, which also is an owner.

"I haven't met Tim. I hope to in the very near future," Jones said before Wednesday's game at Miami. "He's probably the most recognizable figure in America right now. We're from the same area in Jacksonville. I know he comes from a good family.

"His faith is as strong as anybody you'll ever meet. And I don't even know him, you know? So that's my impression of him from afar. That being said, I'm a long-time loyal Gator, and he can do no wrong in my eyes."

Tebow trained at D1 Nashville prior to the 2010 NFL draft. He became a co-owner of D1 Savannah in April 2011 and joined Jones as a co-owner in D1 Tampa in January.

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