Enigmatic quarterback Tim Tebow is one of the most popular stars in the NFL, but the unwillingness of teams across the league to take an educated risk by signing him has resulted in the talented player considering other career options.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Tebow has begun surrounding himself with the right people to make a flawless transition to television broadcasting:
Tebow was released by the New England Patriots after struggling during the 2013 preseason, and he has not found a job in the league since. While there are several franchises that infuse the read-option offense into their game plan, Tebow’s lackluster numbers in New England have teams terrified to take the risk.
|Tim Tebow's 2013 Preseason Stats|
The polarizing quarterback’s reputation was already damaged due to his time with the New York Jets. After bringing the backup in to push Mark Sanchez to be a better starter, New York barely used Tebow even when it made sense and damaged his chances of rebuilding his career by allowing him to become a distraction.
Tebow shouldn’t be punished for the futility of head coach Rex Ryan and the entire Jets organization. He showcased during his time as the starter for the Denver Broncos that with the right team around him and an offensive game plan built to cater to his strengths, he can lead a franchise to a successful season and even a playoff win.
Since the franchises in the NFL won’t make room for Tebow, the QB must make his presence felt somehow. What better way than by taking his experience, football I.Q. and likability to the national viewing audience during football broadcasts?
While Tebow calling games in the NFL would be must-see television, his best course of action would be to start covering college football games by using his clout at the collegiate level to get in on the ground floor and make a name for himself in the broadcast booth.
Tebow has tried his hand at the college football broadcasting experience before, joining the cast of ESPN’s College GameDay, and he hasn’t been horrible. While he had the jitters that come with the first time a humble man steps onto the national stage, his charisma and personality shined through.
There are legitimate questions about how much criticism the remarkably positive former NFL player would be able to add to a commentary team—that would be part of the job—but he has the knowledge of the sport to cover it at any level.
Instead of hopping right into the fray of a live broadcast announce team and faltering, Tebow should be looking to start in a studio position that can be controlled and scripted. Once he gets the hang of being an on-screen personality, he can start contributing as a color commentator on the road.
The sport of football needs more Tebow. Whether it’s on the field or in the broadcast booth, his following is undeniable and his charm is infectious.
*Stats via NFL.com and ESPN.com.