Tim Tebow has held onto hopes of an NFL comeback ever since the New England Patriots cut him before the 2013 season, but those hopes may now be dashed with the draft.
The unconventional quarterback spent the season working out, staying in playing shape in case any team was struck by injury and in need of a new backup. But instead he was passed over for other veterans, including the 40-something Jon Kitna.
What little NFL comeback hopes Tim Tebow may have had lied with the Jacksonville Jaguars, his hometown team and one in desperate need of a quarterback. But instead of taking a look at the Heisman winner Tebow, the Jaguars opted to draft fellow local product Blake Bortles from the University of Central Florida.
With Bortles, the Jaguars have what they believe will be their franchise quarterback and likely an immediate starter. They also have a fan favorite quarterback with a “nice-guy” demeanor, filling the role Tim Tebow would have on the team.
Though he may have held onto the thought of an NFL comeback, Tebow is only looking forward in his career. This year he joined the SEC Network as an analyst, and has entered other business ventures as well. Last month he announced a partnership with the Duck Dynasty family to produce a Christian miniseries.
Tebow said his faith is his true calling.
“I’ve never found my identity in who I was as a football player. I found my identity in who I am in Christ. And when you find your identity as a Christian, then regardless of your status, or your fame, or your popularity, or your position, that never changes. So the roller-coaster that the world has always looked at my life and viewed, I’m very thankful that I don’t have to live it. I’m the best now that I’ve ever been.”
— Jase Robertson (@JaseDuckman) April 21, 2014
So even though an NFL comeback likely isn’t in the cards for Tim Tebow, he doesn’t seem to mind too much.