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Tim Tebow: Resurrecting the NFL dream

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.

Tim TebowAfter 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 nhussein@thepenaltyflagblog.com

John Elway ended Tim Tebow’s career

Tim Tebow is the most polarizing NFL player of the recent era. If you combine the divide between analysts who think he will be a successful quarterback and those who think he would be better served as a tight end with his fan base and those who hate (truly hate) him, you aren’t going to find a more controversial player.

Tebow was voted the favorite quarterback among Republicans (coincidentally the Manning brothers were voted favorite among Democrats).

He is outspoken about his religious views, so much that he was in a Super Bowl commercial financed by a pro-life organization. There was even a neologism called “Tebowing” for when you get on one knee, put your fist to you head, simulating praying. Tebow’s number 15 Broncos jersey was a top seller in 2010, as a backup. That’s quite the divide

In his rookie season, Tebow didn’t start a game until the man who drafted him, Josh McDaniels, was fired and the Broncos were 3-10. Tebow finished the last three games as the starter. Before the 2011 season the Broncos hired legendary former Broncos quarterback, John Elway as Executive Vice President. Despite going 3-10 in 2010 as Broncos starter and being 28 turning 29 during the season, Kyle Orton began the 2011 season as the starting quarterback. After only winning one of the first four games and being down 23-10 at halftime to the Chargers in Week 5, Tim Tebow got his chance. He didn’t come back and win the game, but he scored 14 points in the fourth quarter and made it within striking distance. From there, Tebow started the rest of the season. He won seven of the next eight games, including six games in a row.

The Broncos ended 8-8, winning the AFC West. 8-8 isn’t the best record, but to say the season wasn’t anything special would be a mistake. They doubled their win total from last season and they made the playoffs where anything can happen. And something definitely happened. We all know and remember Tebow’s game-winning touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas in overtime. The Cinderella story didn’t last because the Patriots blew them out the next round. From 4-12 to the divisional round in the playoffs, not bad progress for a team with a second year quarterback.

Tim TebowIf you were to write the situation down on paper: second year quarterback, former first round pick, doubles last season’s wins, division title, wins a playoff game (which was the first time since 2005) you would think that player is a lock to start the next season. However, John Elway wanted to make a move and with Peyton Manning being available, Elway saw a perfect opportunity. It sounded like a no-brainer, Peyton Manning is one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history. Two seasons later, if you look at the Broncos, they won their third straight AFC West title, won two more playoff games, and have zero super bowl championships. Could Tebow, who is now 26 years old have done the same thing? I’m not saying John Elway made the wrong decision, Manning had the best statistical season of any quarterback in history in 2013, but the end goal for Elway and the Broncos is to win as many championships as possible. And now two seasons later they haven’t won a super bowl, Peyton Manning is 38-years-old, and they are coming off an embarrassing performance. Seem like they are trending down, as if they’ve already reached their peak.

Since Elway traded Tebow, he didn’t start another game, threw only eight passes, and is now out of the NFL completely. Even Blaine Gabbert, who also was a young starting quarterback in 2011, but had a much worse record, fewer touchdowns, more turnovers, and a lower QBR is still in the NFL. I’m not saying John Elway purposely ended Tim Tebow’s career, because he still had an opportunity to win other jobs, but I don’t think any other executive would have traded any other second year quarterback, a former first rounder, who was coming off a season where the team doubled their wins, won the division, and won their first playoff game in six seasons.