Seth Udinski, FISM News
Sources told ESPN on Monday that the Jacksonville Jaguars are likely to sign hometown boy and national celebrity Tim Tebow. The Jaguars are looking to bring the 33-year-old Tebow on as a tight end.
For Tebow, it has been a strange and wild journey in and out of professional sports. Tebow is an outspoken Christian and a champion of conservative values. He grew up in the Jacksonville area and was homeschooled as a child. He became a national collegiate superstar as a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback for the University of Florida Gators, winning a national championship in 2008.
The Denver Broncos selected Tebow in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft, and he was an immediate media magnet. What Colin Kaepernick would become for the political left, Tim Tebow was for the right. He was never shy about putting his faith in Christ and his conservative values on display, which made him a polarizing figure in the NFL. Many loved him, and others wanted nothing more than to see him fail. After riding the bench throughout 2009 and 2010, Tebow got his chance in 2011.
He started 11 games for the Broncos in 2011 and led them on a wild ride to the AFC West Division championship. As a pure passer Tebow was mediocre at best, but he had a fierce drive to win and orchestrated multiple miraculous comeback victories which stunned the sports world. The highlight of his 2011 season was the wildcard playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Broncos hosted the game but were not favored to win. Tebow was excellent, throwing for 316 yards and two touchdowns in a thrilling 29-23 win. He threw the winning score to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas that sent the Denver crowd into a delighted tizzy.
Tebow’s career, however, dropped off from there. The Broncos were blown out in the divisional round against New England, and in the off-season they released Tebow. After brief stops in New York, New England, and Philadelphia, Tebow left the NFL and began a dual-career. He became a college football analyst on ESPN, and during the off-season played professional baseball in the New York Mets’ minor league baseball system. He never made it to the big leagues.
After years away from the game, Tebow has the opportunity to make a return with his old coach from Florida, Urban Meyer, who was recently hired as Jacksonville’s head coach.