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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.

"It's one of those business opportunities that comes along," Jones said. "D1 in Tampa has done really well. Other D1s around the southeastern United States have done well. It's a chance for young kids to get some constructive exercise from professional athletes."

They could get some tips from Tebow, too.

Tebow is scheduled to hold a members-only training event June 24 at the new facility, which will officially open the next day.

D1 has 15 other locations. D1 has partnered with star athletes such as Peyton Manning, Ndamukong Suh, Philip Rivers, Herschel Walker and Heather Mitts, along with physicians, to open facilities that work out and provide physical therapy to people of all abilities 7 or older to train as if they're preparing to be Division-I athletes.

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A little part of my favoritism for Chipper just died with the "I'm a life long gator" comment. I could have gone my entire life knowing that he wasn't a gator fan.

If that affects your opinion of him, you have problems.

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If that affects your opinion of him, you have problems.

I think he was being funny.

One of Chipper's most appealing personality traits is the fact that he's a Gators fan. It shows that he knows how to pick a winner.

I remember an article a few years ago about Urban Meyer and Chipper Jones hanging out in the Braves dugout before one of the games. That's when I first learned that Urban Meyer was drafted by the Braves. With David Ross on the team, there's a whole lot of Gator WIN in this organization.

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I think he was being funny.

One of Chipper's most appealing personality traits is the fact that he's a Gators fan. It shows that he knows how to pick a winner.

I remember an article a few years ago about Urban Meyer and Chipper Jones hanging out in the Braves dugout before one of the games. That's when I first learned that Urban Meyer was drafted by the Braves. With David Ross on the team, there's a whole lot of Gator WIN in this organization.

Not only was Urban Meyer drafted by the Braves his roommate in the minors for a while was Mark Lemke.

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If that affects your opinion of him, you have problems.

If you think that I care about your opinion of me, you have problems. I'm a Georgia Bulldog fan, so naturally, i'm going to have a sore spot for anything Gator. Chipper has been my favorite player since I could remember. Yes, it was a joke that my favorite player dropped in points because of it, but no need to come off as being an ******* because you take everything you read on the internet so serious.

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If you think that I care about your opinion of me, you have problems. I'm a Georgia Bulldog fan, so naturally, i'm going to have a sore spot for anything Gator. Chipper has been my favorite player since I could remember. Yes, it was a joke that my favorite player dropped in points because of it, but no need to come off as being an ******* because you take everything you read on the internet so serious.

It wouldn't be an opinion, it'd be a fact. If you let college rivalries affect your judgement of individuals, it would be a problem and you would need help. Be that as it may, sarcasm doesn't read very well if it's not drenching with it, so I thought you were serious. I've seen and known enough UGA fans to know that what you said isn't out of the realm of a possibility. So, excuse me... carry on.

On subject, good for Chipper. I'm not that big of a fan of Tebow, but I do like his work ethic and passion.

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