Tim Tebow has been working diligently on an NFL comeback, but it appears that his months of workouts have been in vain.
The quarterback had been working with quarterback guru Tom House on his throwing mechanics, hoping to improve accuracy and speed up the throwing motion. He has also stayed NFL-ready with a strict workout regimen.
But Tebow’s last hope for returning to the NFL may have just been dashed. He was not among the players invited to this week’s veteran combine, a setback that means Tebow will not be able to show off his new skills.
House, who has also worked with Tom Brady, said that Tim Tebow had made real strides to improve his throwing.
“He went from being a little inaccurate and didn’t throw a whole lot of spirals, to throwing very accurate and real good at spinning the ball,” House said.
League officials said they had to be selective about who could attend, and received far more applications than spots available.
“Combines have long provided draft eligible players with the forum needed to showcase their skills to NFL teams,” says NFL Director of Football Development and former center Matt Birk. “The NFL Veteran Combine will give veteran free agents a similar opportunity to work out in front of club personnel in a streamlined process.”
While Tim Tebow didn’t get a spot at the veteran combine, another high profile player did — former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam did. The undersized Sam tried to become the first openly gay player to make an NFL regular season roster, but last year’s seventh round draft pick was unable to make a team. He was cut by the St. Louis Rams and then picked up by the Dallas Cowboys to serve on their practice squad, but didn’t make the regular roster.
Sam is also on the roster for this season’s Dancing With The Stars, but is taking a break from the dance floor training to attend the veteran combine.
Tim Tebow isn’t the only former college football legend whose NFL comeback hopes appeared to be dashed this week. Former Titans quarterback Vince Young had also hoped the veteran combine could help him find a new NFL team, but like Tebow he was not invited.
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