Thought Tebowmania was over? Think again.
Rumor has it that despite being under contract with ESPN to be a college football analyst on the SEC Network, Tim Tebow is training hard this summer in hopes of resurrecting his NFL career. Of course, there is an out clause in this contract that would allow Tebow to leave ESPN if he does manage to land another NFL job.
How likely is it that Tebow will play in the NFL again? Well, there are a few things to consider here. Sure, he was a household name. But we all know that it takes more than the popularity to succeed in the NFL. Among other things like passion and dedication, it requires talent, the ability to perform well under pressure, and most of all, consistency (Tebow’s biggest issue). For much of his short NFL career, Tebow lacked consistency.
After a thrilling start with the Denver Broncos, he spent time with the New York Jets battling Mark Sanchez for the starting QB position and then was picked up by the New England Patriots in the offseason and released before the next season even began. In his pro-career, he completed 47.9 percent (173 of 361) of his passes for 2,422 yards with 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions while rushing for 989 yards and 12 scores. If he wants to succeed in the NFL, he’s got to improve his stats.
So what’s Tebow doing to get back in the game? He is training vigorously and enlisting the help of training guru Ian Danney and baseball pitching guru Tom House. Tebow splits his time between Arizona, where his strengthening workout involves playing volleyball with a 10pound medicine ball with Danney, and Los Angeles, where he trains to improve his quarterback technique with House.
“I feel great,” Tebow said. “I feel the strongest, healthiest, throwing the best I ever have. I’m just excited about the improvement.”
While an NFL comeback isn’t completely out of the question, I just don’t see it happening for our buddy Tim right now. My advice would be for him to switch positions in hopes of getting back on an NFL roster, but Tebow has made it clear that his dream is to be an NFL QB.
It’ll take a miracle for Tebow to pull this off, but you got to give it to the guy for not giving up on his dream. Good luck, Tebow!
Nafisa Hussein is an NFL writer for TPF and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org