Tim Tebow still wistful for an NFL job

Tim Tebow is set to start this fall on the SEC Network, not an NFL team. (Jeff Gross / Getty Images)

Tim Tebow is set to start this fall on the SEC Network, not an NFL team. (Jeff Gross / Getty Images)

Oh, Tim Tebow.

Tebow has lived a football life most people would envy: He is a Heisman Trophy winner; he has won two college football national championships at Florida; he has started at quarterback for an NFL team; he engineered an NFL playoff comeback win; and this fall will make his broadcast debut as an analyst on the uber-hyped SEC Network’s roadshow pre-game show “SEC Nation.”

He was even the subject of worldwide trend: “Tebowing.”

And he’s only 26.

Yeah, after Denver traded him he was cut by the N.Y. Jets and New England Patriots, and hasn’t thrown an NFL pass since since 2011.

And that’s what hurts. The one thing he holds out hope for is … a return to the NFL as a quarterback.

Tebow told Nashville’s Tennessean newspaper:

“I’m training every day and feel like I’m the best that I’ve ever been … I still love it, love playing, talking about it, and I’m just excited about whatever the future holds. Who knows what could happen? But I’m excited about it, though.”

Who knows? Johnny Manziel could need a back up.

33 comments Add your comment

Bob Joe

June 3rd, 2014
8:17 am

wistful or wishful

Dan Fowler

June 3rd, 2014
8:18 am

You can do anything that you put your mind to Tim. Your parents raised you right or you would have already given up long ago. I do want you to be open to not only to the QB position. With the right offensive line you could run over anybody that you that you can come across.

My advice is to get with Tony Dungy, who still throws a lot of weight and would be a great champion for your causes for reasons that you and I know.

Keep at it brother and be proud of the things that you have accomplished in Central America. What is more important, playing pro football or changing lives through you faith. Dano

BG

June 3rd, 2014
9:04 am

Tebow needs to move on. He is not a nfl caliber QB and never was.

C

June 3rd, 2014
9:05 am

Tebow= NFL bust.

dre

June 3rd, 2014
9:11 am

no tats and a good, positive attitude? = no chance in the NFL

Furious Styles

June 3rd, 2014
9:20 am

@dre Yes, no chance in the NFL if you have no talent and can’t win games.

J Mac

June 3rd, 2014
9:43 am

I been watching Tim since he was in college,He seems like a great guy,don’t give up on your dream keep believing in GOD and keep him first…..This guy was a beast in college and i no that it’s still in him….STAY STRONG BOW….

doggoneit

June 3rd, 2014
9:43 am

HE WON A PLAYOFF GAME . NOT many QB can do that.

Paul

June 3rd, 2014
9:55 am

Great guy but not an NFL qb. Try another position I am sure you will excell

RoyJo

June 3rd, 2014
9:57 am

Yes he did win a playoff game, which is more than many of the current QBs in the NFL have done. I believe he would make a good tight end or fullback if given the chance. But he has been blacklisted, probably as much for his personal beliefs as his talent. Teams think he is a distraction and will not touch him because of it. A sad commentary on the league.

Curious George

June 3rd, 2014
10:08 am

Doesn’t Tim Tebow still have more first-round NFL Playoff wins than $100 Million QB Matt Ryan of the Falcons?

ATLWmn

June 3rd, 2014
10:09 am

@Dan Fowler, the myth that we can “do anything we set our minds to” is part of why this generation of young adults can’t cope with failure. Tebow put his mind toward the NFL and failed. At some point you have to collect your pride and move on, rather than wasting time on wishful thinking.

Curious George

June 3rd, 2014
10:11 am

If Tim Tebow is “not an NFL-caliber QB,” what does that say about Matt Ryan?

GT Alum

June 3rd, 2014
10:13 am

@Furious Styles

He did win games in the NFL.

BigGAdawg

June 3rd, 2014
10:14 am

I think Tim is a great football player but I think it is pride that is in his way of playing in the NFL. He needs to convert to fullback, tailback, or TE. If he is selfish about playing QB only I don’t think he will get the opportunity. His arm was OK for college but not enough for the pros.

Jobu

June 3rd, 2014
10:25 am

“You trying to say Jesus Christ can’t hit a curve ball?!”

Hey J Mac, I guess they didn’t teach spelling in Southern Baptist school? “No” does not equal “know.”

Lottery Ticket

June 3rd, 2014
10:26 am

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corndawg

June 3rd, 2014
10:54 am

Jobu, where did J Mac say anything about a Southern Baptist school?! I “know” one thing and that is you’re a smart a@@!

Vomax

June 3rd, 2014
10:54 am

Tebow has the ability to play in the NFL — just not as a quarterback. He projects well as an H-back type, and has been told so repeatedly. However, Tebow has stated expressly that he refuses to play any position other than quarterback.

Guess his pride’s getting in the way.

Kat

June 3rd, 2014
11:03 am

He loves himself and his pride more than God and more than “lowering” himself to another position.

befuddler

June 3rd, 2014
11:04 am

Tim Tebow is much better than the prevailing perception about his abilities. If you’d like your favorite team to win, he’s your hope. He’s the genuine article and somebody in the NFL will eventually realize it.

Neasedad

June 3rd, 2014
11:15 am

Keep on working Tim. You’re gonna get a break, and then people are going to pay. Can’t wait for you to come back to J’ville and make this new regime pay and I really hope you can make Rex eat his words. (something like the first time you played against him) We believe in you here back home and I know you don’t let the haters get to you. Mr. C.

WingMan

June 3rd, 2014
12:44 pm

I don’t know how anyone can say that a guy that holds several passing records in the SEC including Quarterback rating of 177 can’t pass. His completion percentage in his first 16 games was only 1 percent less than John Elways in his first year. Drew Breez was not effective in his first 3 years. It wasn’t until he went to N.O. that he excelled. Arron Rogers sat on the bench for 5 years before he took over for Green Bay. One season does not a Quarterback make.

Jobu

June 3rd, 2014
1:19 pm

You’re right corndawg, I was being a smart a s s. Good catch. I was also merely projecting my highly probably opinion on the background of J Mac which, as it turns out was likely wrong. I’m guessing he didn’t go to school at all.

As for Tebowner, if he had the talent to succeed in the NFL he would be there.

DawgNole

June 3rd, 2014
2:03 pm

Curious George
June 3rd, 2014
10:08 am
Doesn’t Tim Tebow still have more first-round NFL Playoff wins than $100 Million QB Matt Ryan of the Falcons?
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NO!

WTF

June 3rd, 2014
2:52 pm

@Jobu “As for Tebowner, if he had the talent to succeed in the NFL he would be there” Funny your wife told me the samething about you and sex.

Ryan

June 3rd, 2014
3:13 pm

Tebow has won as many playoff games at Matt Ryan and was only a starter for 1 season.

Ken

June 3rd, 2014
3:13 pm

Any of you ever heard of Kurt Warner? He was out of the League for years, bagging groceries. He came back to win a Super Bowl because he kept working and believing in his dream.

Tebow's Reality

June 3rd, 2014
3:47 pm

Chuck Clausen

June 3rd, 2014
4:05 pm

I coached in the NFL for 18 seasons, I’d loved to see a great guy like Tim make it. I was never a QB coach, but it looks to me because of his arm action he tips off to the defense where he going to throw the football before he releases the ball. When you have 7 or 8 pass defenders studying his arm action all week he destine to be a low percentage passer. Look at the number of times he pulls the ball down and runs, he sense the defense is all ready to react to where he intends to throw the ball.

Chuck Clausen

June 3rd, 2014
4:13 pm

I spent time with Kurt Warner watching Practise while the first and second QBs were getting most of the work. He was learning from every snap preparing for his time when he got his chance. Kurt turned out to be a great QB, but it didn’t happen by accident.

You gotta be kidding me

June 3rd, 2014
4:13 pm

Have you Tebow apologist even watched Tebow play in the NFL? He’s horrible. The fact that Denver beat Pittsburgh in the playoff game says more about the ineptitude of Pittsburgh’s defense than Tebow’s abilities.

I am a Florida Alumnus, and loved Tebow in college, but I said it when he entered the draft, and nothing has changed. Tim Tebow is not an NFL caliber quarterback, because of the complete inability to complete a pass with any degree of consistency. He has all the intangibles, but has that one niggling problem.

What team should be a backup for? It would have to be a team running a veer or wing-T as its base offense, or the offense would need to completely change styles when he came in the game.

You heard it here. Tim Tebow will have a much more successful career as an announcer than as an NFL QB.

NC_Dawg

June 5th, 2014
3:49 pm

Had Tebow been willing to play another position, like FB or TE, he would still be in the NFL. He is not an NFL QB. Lot’s of college QB’s changed positions when they went to the NFL. i.e. Randall Cobb, Hines Ward, Antwaan Randle El, Ronald Curry, Matt Jones.