Tebow released a statement on his decision to walk away from the sport Wednesday afternoon … saying he’s ready to pursue other dreams.

"I want to thank the Mets, Mr. Alderson, the fans and all my teammates for the chance to be a part of such a great organization," Tebow said.

"I loved every minute of the journey, but at this time I feel called in other directions. I never want to be partially in on anything. I always want to be 100 percent in on whatever I choose."

"Thank you again for everyone’s support of this awesome journey in baseball, I’ll always cherish my time as a Met."

TMZ Sports spoke to Tebow about his baseball career last month … and he said he was still fully committed to baseball.

"For me, I’m super excited about spring training," Tebow said at the time. "So, that’s where my focus kind of swirls right now."

It’s unclear what changed his mind since we spoke to him a few weeks ago … maybe he IS helping out Urban Meyer in Jacksonville after all??

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