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Tim Tebow denies 'rumored' RNC speaking engagement

There will be no Tebow Time at the Republican National Convention, the former Florida Gators quarterback said Thursday night.

Tim Tebow, who famously washed out during his brief NFL career, denied that he is slotted to speak at next week's gathering in Cleveland, dismissing it as just "a rumor."

"Just got back from the Philippines and I wake up this morning to find out that I’m speaking at the Republican National Convention," Tebow said in an Instagram post Thursday evening. "It’s amazing how fast rumors fly and that’s exactly what it is, a rumor."

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Tebow, an outspoken Christian conservative who has mused publicly about running for political office, was reportedly among dozens of speakers slated to take the podium, but he was not listed in a press release put out by convention organizers on Thursday morning.

In the Instagram video, the 29-year-old former football star said his attention was currently focused on his charitable efforts.

"My goal has always been to be able to make a difference in the biggest way possible, and if one day that’s through a political realm, then that’s what I’ll do," he said. "But right now I really believe that’s through my foundation and our amazing partners and fighting for kids who can’t fight for themselves. But I love our country and I would do anything for America."

Tebow joins a long list of prominent conservative figures who have bowed out of speaking in Cleveland. Despite presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump's promise to bring "showbiz" to the convention floor, he has struggled to attract top-tier talent, with many prominent politicians skipping the event entirely.

Tebow, however, stressed the need for national unity in his video clip.

“One of the things I love most is that it’s 'One nation under God,” he said. “We all matter. So let’s come together on that. Let’s unite on that. Let’s forget about our quarrels and our differences and let’s come together on ‘One nation under God.’"