Tim Tebow is rumored to be prepared for an NFL comeback, with the former Heisman Trophy winner still ready to prove that his NFL success wasn’t a flash in the pan.
After bursting onto the NFL scene five years ago when he took over as the starting quarterback of the Denver Broncos, Tebow has never been given a real chance to follow up on the success he found. Tebow was replaced by Peyton Manning in Denver and shifted over to the New York Jets, who kept the hard-running quarterback on the bench for the bulk of the season.
Tebow has tried to find another NFL home and made it to the final cut last offseason with the Philadelphia Eagles, but he hasn’t found his way onto an NFL roster since leaving the Jets at the end of 2012.
His career may not be over entirely. Tebow said last week that he is still ready for an NFL comeback, saying on the The Doug Gottlieb Show that he would definitely be open to another chance.
“I mean I think for me, I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in,” Tebow said (via the Los Angeles Times). “You know I’m still young, I still feel really good. So is that something that I feel like I can be an effective quarterback in the NFL? Yeah, I really do feel like I could be. But I think at the same time, there are a lot of other things that I’m doing that I love and that I’m blessed to do.”
But even as he’s kept himself ready at a moment’s notice for another shot at the NFL, Tim Tebow has transitioned seamlessly into the next phase of his career. He has served as an analyst for the burgeoning SEC Network for two years now and has gotten some good reviews for his work.
NFL.com broke down Tebow’s work for the 2014 BCS National Championship Game, noting that his analysis provided a good measure of depth for the viewers and correctly identified what some of the major points of the game would be. Chase Goodbread noted that Tebow had a great point about Auburn’s motivation going into the game.
No doubt, Tebow was on the mark here. Auburn indeed played like a team with a chip on its shoulder and took command relatively early in the first half. In particular, an Auburn defense that was not given much of a chance to slow down the FSU offense did exactly that, confusing FSU quarterback Jameis Winston with consistent pressure and tight man-to-man coverage in the secondary.
Tebow has also taken many other causes, including the Tim Tebow Foundation, a charity that runs a number of programs for at-risk, disadvantaged, and disabled children.
In his interview with Gottlieb, Tebow said that he’s “extremely busy doing a lot of things I love to do, and football is just one thing that I love to do.”
Tim Tebow may get into politics one day, but for now he just wants to make a positive impact. https://t.co/81aqzDVt9u— USA TODAY Sports (@USATODAYsports) July 29, 2016
But while there are rumors that Tim Tebow could try an NFL comeback, it’s not exactly clear where he would fit. As his NFL career was starting to fizzle out, a handful of team executives said they could see a place for Tebow as a tight-end or H-back, but Tebow said publicly that he’s only interested in playing quarterback. That would seem to limit his options, as there are not many openings for backup quarterbacks and certainly not one where Tebow’s unique, run-heavy style would be a good fit.
There are also some other options available for teams seeking a backup, including Nick Foles who remains a free agent after being cut by the Los Angeles Rams. So the idea of an NFL comeback for Tim Tebow is likely to remain solidly in the rumor department.
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