The air in the Mile High City was too crisp for Tim Tebow’s liking, and the Big Apple was unkind to him. A potential transition to the Arena Football League would be no different for the former NFL quarterback and trending celebrity.
ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski, a former NFL quarterback and current part-owner of the Philadelphia Soul, offered Tebow a roster spot on his team this week.
So far, there has been no response from Camp Tebow.
“I haven’t heard back from him and I’m not going to push it,” Jaworski said, courtesy of Philly.com. “If he decides he wants to play Arena Football, we’ll make a spot for him.”
How kind of Jaworski to offer Tebow a gig in one of the NFL’s minor league entitlements. We might as well call it a slap in the face.
The fact of the matter is Tebow is too skilled, too agile, too swift and too athletic to stoop down to the AFL. It isn’t worth his time, energy or commitment. He would tear up the AFL if given the opportunity.
However, Jaworski believes the AFL would serve as a training league for Tebow, according to Philly.com:
“One [criticism] of Tebow is that he is slow and methodical,” Jaworski said. "He would be forced to quicken it up in this league. You can learn a lot in this league. It’s about processing information and getting the ball out … or you get whacked.”
How can Tebow be slow and methodical if a team never fully invested in him? Throughout his short-lived three-year NFL career, Tebow has never had a chance to develop into a legitimate game-changer.
Denver surprisingly selected Tebow 25th overall in the 2010 NFL draft. He played just two seasons—23 games—with the Broncos before being dealt to the New York Jets in exchange for a fourth- and sixth-round pick.
That experiment failed miserably, but it wasn't because Tebow couldn’t play. Rather, it was because Jets head coach Rex Ryan never gave the quarterback a chance to prove himself.
The facts are simple: Tebow played just 77 snaps last season. He never broke a sweat.
Despite all the negative criticism and public lynching thrown his way, Tebow, when given a chance, has shown how effective he can be with the ball in his hands. He threw five touchdowns his rookie year, and he followed suit by tossing 12 the following year. He also rushed for 887 yards and scored 12 times over his first two seasons.
More importantly, his leadership helped guide the Broncos to the postseason and a surprising win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
His numbers are certainly better than those of his former teammate Mark Sanchez, who is as incompetent as they come. Sanchez has thrown more interceptions (69) than touchdowns (68) over his four-year career.
If Tebow signs up for a position in the AFL, it would be a disservice to himself and those who are deserving of a second chance.