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A one-time heralded recruit who came very close to playing for the Crimson Tide, Tebow returned to Tuscaloosa on Friday as a television analyst. He’ll be part of the SEC Nation broadcast that’ll broadcast live from outside Moore Hall (across from the quad) from 9-11 a.m. on the SEC Network. That leads up to the 2:30 p.m. kickoff between Tebow’s old Gators and Alabama down the street in Bryant-Denny Stadium.
One of the factors he looks forward to watching Saturday involves Alabama’s quarterback Blake Sims.
“He’s the only quarterback, probably since Andrew Zow left Alabama, that could probably win a game with his legs if asked to,” Tebow said. “And that’s a different dynamic that Saban’s never really had here. So if he’s called to do that, he has the ability.”
Chatting with reporters on a steamy afternoon, Tebow said the passion of Alabama fans was one of the reasons he nearly played here.
“I wore my emotions on my sleeve, I’m excited and I love the game,” said Tebow, who drew a large crowd of fans seeking autographs and pictures Friday. “That’s what draws me to the SEC and that’s what drew me to Alabama.”
In his four years at Florida, Tebow played Alabama three times with a 2-1 record. They split his last two — both coming in the SEC Championship. The 32-12 loss in the 2009 SEC Championship Game was his second-to-last college game. He hasn’t heard any hecklers on campus yet referencing that game.
“I think there’s so much respect, I’m sure I’ll get some of that, but I think just between SEC teams, there’s so much respect between the fans and the players,” Tebow said.
Tebow was also asked about any potential of returning to the field.
“I’m always training and in shape,” Tebow said. “You never know what the future holds, but I’m so blessed to be able to do this. It’s something that I love doing.”
Tim Tebow The NFL Antithesis Of Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson? Rush Limbaugh Says He ‘Just Can’t Play’ QB
Tim Tebow would be good for the game, but no one is willing to accept him as a quarterback. But in a time when the NFL is becoming known for bad examples like Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson, Rush Limbaugh might agree that Tebow is the NFL antithesis for these other men, but insists the latter play just can’t handle the quarterback position at the NFL level.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has recently been the target of critics for the way he’s handled the cases of domestic abuse. Ray Rice’s wife, Janay Rice, is furious that her husband was suspended indefinitely without pay even after they underwent a police investigation for their elevator fight and the NFL already punished Rice once (albeit, only with a two day suspension). While some believe Rice should never be allowed to play football again, he does have supporters like Charles Barkley and Michael Vick.
Some fans are a bit upset that Tim Tebow has been kept off the field, while poor examples of character like Rice, Adrian Peterson, Johnathan Dwyer, Jack Elway, and others have seemingly been welcomed with open arms in the NFL until the bubbling issue of domestic violence finally boiled over. This had one Rush Limbaugh caller highlighting the stark difference in attitude.
“I find it such an interesting juxtaposition that with all this going on with the Ray Rices, the Adrian Petersons, and like you mentioned earlier in the past, people like Ray Lewis, with all of those problems that they have, and yet no one on the planet remains more radioactive to an NFL owner than Tim Tebow, someone who is the exact opposite of everything that’s going on, everything he stands for.”
While Limbaugh agreed with the main point, he did poke a hole in the argument by claiming Tebow simply can’t handle the NFL.
“I don’t want to destroy your moment here ’cause it’s a brilliant point. I mean, Tim Tebow is a model citizen. I mean, he is the antithesis of — the NFL wishes it had a league full of Tim Tebows who could play. Tim Tebow is insistent that he’s gonna be a quarterback and nothing else, and the experts, the coaches have determined he just can’t play that position at the NFL level. He doesn’t want to be a tight end. He doesn’t want to be a linebacker. He wants to be a quarterback.”
In the past, it’s been suggested that Tim Tebow was “blackballed” from the NFL over his Christian beliefs and the overwhelming media hype it generated, not his actual playing ability. This popularity continues to this day, and it’s said the SEC Nation crew had to hire extra security just to protect Tim from the hundreds of devoted followers.
This fact had one writer at the Orlando Sentinel suggesting in the past that if Tebow were gay like Michael Sam, then all would be forgiven.
“Tebowing was too over-the-top for his critics, though he was hardly the first player to kneel and pray on the sideline. Many of the people who said Tebow should pipe down are now encouraging Sam to speak up. And sure enough, the same people who were telling Tebow to rock on are now saying Sam should keep to himself. That’s the new definition of tolerance. It’s ok to celebrate anything as long as you agree with it.”
Of course, Sam is sitting on the NFL sidelines himself. Currently, Sam is with the Dallas Cowboys practice squad, and is not serving in any role during actual games. Apparently, St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher felt Sam had NFL caliber talent… just not good enough for the Ram, which already had a stacked defense lineup. But that may have been political correctness at work since the Rams didn’t even want to keep Sam for their practice squad.
But it’s very difficult to compare Tim Tebow’s stats against Michael Sam, since the latter has not had a real chance to prove himself yet. Supporters of Tebow do point out that the former quarterback was actually not that bad despite his much-maligned throwing game. His running game was also quite formidable compared to other NFL quarterbacks, although this ability required a team to adjust their strategy to Tebow’s strengths.
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When Tim Tebow was collecting rings, trophies and TV face-time as a member of the Florida Gators from 2006-2009, the world was his oyster, and the world (mostly) loved Tim Tebow.
Tebow was the ultimate poster-boy for college football. Clean cut (other than the manly scruff), larger than life in both size and personality, and as pure as the white driven snow.
Oh yeah, and a hell of a football player to top it off.
Gator fans and a large portion of the female population absolutely worshiped Tebow (and I don’t mean that in a figurative sense, I think there’s still a temple or two down in Gainesville). Fans on the other side of the field tried hard to hate him, but other than just making fun of his rampant goodguy-ness, it was hard to really find flaw with the Gator quarterback.
It wasn’t even accurate for detractors to call him a big phony, because to be honest, there has never — ever — been anything disingenuous about Tebow. Even his famed “Tebowing” came from the heart.
He was forged by the Gods it seemed. A Roy Hobbs in shoulder pads and spikes. Anything he said he was going to do, he did. And brother, did he take losing personally. Best of all, Tebow made college football fun to watch. Whether you were cheering him on to one of his countless victories, or praying to your own God to see him crumble like cheap drywall, you couldn’t help but watch this polarizing figure in orange and blue.
When you glanced over Tim Tebow’s resume coming out of college, it seemed like a can’t miss for a lucrative and successful NFL career was staring you in the face. All-American, two-time National Champion, numerous Player of the Year awards, and a Heisman Trophy to put the lid on the career accomplishments.
College football was going to miss Tim Tebow, even those who didn’t want to admit it. He was the best thing there was in the sport, and as a former University of Georgia student, that pains me to the core to say.
But scouts, coaches and NFL executives saw something that most didn’t get to see until Tebow started actually playing in NFL games…
This guy wasn’t cut out to be a quarterback in the National Football League. A guy with his resume dropping to the 25th pick in the first round? Something was amiss.
From the Denver Broncos, to the New York Jets, to the cup of coffee with the New England Patriots, Tebow’s success in the NFL was limited to a few flashes behind a brilliant Broncos defense, and one inexplicable overtime playoff win over the highly favored Pittsburgh Steelers.
Tim Tebow never quite found his stride in the NFL – Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Mismanaged and undervalued by the Jets, completely out of his element with the Patriots, Tim Tebow’s NFL career was over almost as quickly as it began.
And for those of you who are about to jump in the comment section with your collusion theories that NFL owners and coaches were conspiring to keep Tebow out of the league, the Obama-Birthers are saving you a seat at the banquet table.
Tebow continued to vow that he was not only going to play in the NFL, but he was going to play as a starting quarterback. Finally a flaw. On overinflated sense of underachievement. Regardless of what every analyst and quarterbacks coach was saying to the contrary, Tim Tebow was convinced that his dream was not dead.
*Gives gentle nod to F. Murray Abraham’s brilliant portrayal of Antonio Salieri*
But then…do you know what happened?
ESPN gave birth to the SEC Network, and with it, they brought college football’s greatest conference and its prodigal son back together once more. When it was announced in December 2013 that Tebow was joining the SEC Network, there was much rejoicing from haters and lovers alike…as well as Sir Robin’s minstrels.
Tebow had made several appearances on ESPN’s staple Saturday morning college football preview show, College GameDay, and made his professional debut as a broadcaster for the network in the 2014 BCS Championship Game. It was obvious from the start that his enthusiasm for college football (in particular the SEC) hadn’t died at all…it hadn’t even hibernated.
Now Tebow is part of a regular panel on the traveling SEC Network pregame show, SEC Nation. Along with Joe Tessitore, Marcus Spears, Paul Finebaum — and the slightly more attractive than Finebaum, Kaylee Hartung — Tebow is giving analysis and breakdowns of games with the type of joie de vivre that only he can deliver.
It’s fantastic, I tell you.
- In a time when college football is going through one of the biggest upheavals and systematic changes that the sport has ever seen, Tim Tebow brings a grounding pole and rams it into the ground with the force of Ulysses, giving us all a warm reassurance that the game is still a bunch of young kids doing their best at a game that many of us never played beyond our backyards.
If you haven’t watched SEC Nation yet, give it a look. You’ll be pleasantly surprised. It’s a group of raucous, passionate football lovers, who have an affinity for wanting to draw the camera in their direction, and Tebow fits right in.
Yes, he’s still a bit excitable and thunderous at the microphone, but that’s part of his charm. He loves what he’s doing. He loves talking about loving what he’s doing. He loves talking about the SEC and (yes) about the Gators too (can’t be helped, last we saw they’re still in the conference).
But Tebow on the set with a bunch of loveable goofballs just enjoying their Saturday and talking about football, school traditions, tailgating and more football, it’s a win-win for everyone.
Not that Herbstreit, Corso and company on GameDay aren’t enjoyable too…it’s just a different vibe on SEC Nation, and for those not suffering from SEC-fatigue, it’s a completely focused show. All SEC, all Saturday, all Tebow.
College football needs Tebow, and whether he wants to truly admit it or not, he needs college football. Although he says he hasn’t given up his NFL dreams, he’s looking more and more comfortable on the set and in front of the cameras with each passing week.
Tebow is back, and he can spend his Saturdays on my TV screen from now until the Chick-fil-A kows come home…as long as he’s not wearing orange and blue.
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One-time NFL quarterback makes ABC debut with inspiring story of a boy who lost both legs but returned to playing football
- Tim Tebow is already a college football analyst for ESPN and SEC Network
- Former college star will host ‘Motivate Me Mondays’ segment on GMA
Published: 10:40 EST, 15 September 2014 | Updated: 13:25 EST, 15 September 2014
It’s Tebow Time on Good Morning America. The one-time NFL quarterback made his debut on ABC today with an inspiring story of a little boy who overcame the loss of both his legs and returned to the football field.
The network has hired Tim Tebow to anchor a new segment called ‘Motivate Me Mondays.’
It’s the latest step into the broadcast world for the former college star, whose NFL career peaked and then dried up under the national spotlight.
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Come on out! Tim Tebow made a grand entrance on Good Morning America Today, stepping through a specially made ‘Motivate Me Monday’ door
Tebow Time: Tebow’s winning smile was on full display as he talked passionately about his new gig – which has him roving the country searching for inspiring stories of courageous kids
Tebow, a Heisman Trophy winner for the Florida Gators, works as a college football analyst for ESPN and the new SEC Network. He will travel across the U.S. for Good Morning America to tell feel-good stories for the morning show.
Tebow’s first segment was about 10-year-old Deven Jackson, a Pennsylvania boy who lost both his his legs six inches below the knee after contracting meningitis.
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The horrified disease nearly killed him, but he fought back – and returned to playing football thanks to a pair of donated running blades.
‘To be able to share these amazing stories about kids who have so much courage and have overcome so many obstacles and that’s what really inspiring. It’s awesome for me to be able to share these stories,’ he told GMA.
Tebow’s first segment focused on 10-year-old Deven Jackson, who lost both legs after a horrific bout of meningitis. He learned to walk again and eventually returned to football – the game he loves
Tebow, outspoken about his Christian faith both on and off the field, developed a national following before he ever entered the NFL.
After spending a season and a half riding the bench for the Denver Brocos, he shocked the nation by leading them to two unlikely victories – including one in the playoffs – in 2011.
His practice of ‘Tebowing’ – bowing his head in prayer after making touchdown passes – divided the nation. Millions of devoted fans praised him for not hiding his faith.
However, Tebow’s NFL prospects dimmed the next year when he saw little playing time for the New York Jets. In 2013, the New England Patriots invited him to training camp, but cut him before the season.
Tebow has since recast himself as a broadcast personality – relying on his good looks, easy smile and down-home charm.
|Former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow takes pictures with fans on the University of Florida’s Plaza of the Americas in Gainesville, Florida, on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. (By Jordan McPherson, For the Orlando Sentinel / September 12, 2014)|
Tebow’s return to Gainesville Friday moved one young fan to tears. UF faithful couldn’t get enough of the Gator great during his campus appearance as part of an SEC Network tour stop.
“You can tell he left an indelible mark — impression — on the people around here,” said Marcus Spears, Tebow’s co-host. “We had a girl crying … When you can make someone cry, you’re sort of a big deal.”
For Tebow, it’s hard not to get a little sentimental when it comes to his time in Gainesville.
“Obviously I have so many great memories and I love the University of Florida,” Tebow said following his stint on SEC Nation Friday.
It’s why he made time to sign autographs and pose for pictures with fans who flocked to UF’s Plaza of Americas to watch the SEC Network’s live broadcast.
“All these great fans, if you give them the opportunity to make their day by taking a picture or doing something nice for them, it’s worth it for me,” he said.
When the conversation shifted to his future — Tebow has made it clear he still hopes to play in the NFL someday — he spun out of the question, much like he used to do against opposing linebackers.
“I think every day is just an opportunity to count your blessings,” Tebow said. “And that’s what I do. And it’s a blessing for me to do this.
“You know me. You know I’m going to train and work hard every day and that’s my mentality. I’m going to do that at anything I’m doing. I have so many great opportunities — this and with Good Morning America — it’s been great.”
For now, he’s enjoying his time as an analyst with the SEC Network along with host Joe Tessitore and fellow analysts Paul Finebaum and Spears.
“It’s been great. I love it,” Tebow said of the job. “So many of you have been around me for all of those years and you know how passionate I am about the game of football and for the Southeastern Conference and college football in general. I think that’s the one thing about college football that stands out is its passion especially in the SEC.
“The fans, the environment, all these fans — it’s a Friday afternoon and most of them probably should be in school, but they’re out here and they’re excited about it. That’s been every week. And that’s something that’s been super exciting about this show because it is … emotional, passionate and live.”
Tebow will be expanding his television duties as a guest contributor for ABC’s “Good Morning America.” He’ll help the show kick off its “Motivate Me Monday” series. It’s a role that Tebow relishes.
“It’s an opportunity for me to show my heart too and be who I am and that’s someone who likes to make a brighter day in people’s lives,” Tebow said. “That’s a lot of what I’m going to be doing on the show.”
And speaking of brighter days, Tebow thinks this year’s UF team is in for more of those moving forward. Despite having only played one game, he’s been impressed so far with Will Muschamp’s team.
“Offense, defense, special teams. You look at what Kurt Roper has been able to do and he’s really given these guys an opportunity to play in space and be successful in space. And I think that’s really going to help this offense,” Tebow said. “Coach Muschamp has always done a great job with this defense all the way back to 2007 when we played him at Auburn.
“I think both sides of the ball are going to be awesome this year and really help turn this Florida program around from a 4-8 team to a team that has a chance to compete in the [SEC] East.”
Published: September 12, 2014
After completing shooting for the “SEC Nation” that airs on the SEC Network, Tebow went into the crowd to shake hands, sign autographs and have some photos taken to the delight of hundreds watching. Then it happened. Up in the sky, something stretched out a tiny baby with a bow around its head. Cute kid. Scary sight, thought.
The proud parent was about to hand off the precious cargo and what could Tebow do? He smiled real big, held out his hands, and the tiny child slid into his arms behind the roped-off area. Cameras clicked like wild fire. Fans roared. In the sizzling hot heat that was so bad the ESPN crew had a guy hold a fan in front of Tebow during the shooting, he was clutch taking the pass.
“Yes, that was a little nerve wracking. But you know that’s not the first time that’s happened,’’ he said with a chuckle. “I’m just glad it was a very calm atmosphere.’’
Everywhere Tebow goes, it gets strange. One fan after another slid up to the rope to get a photo, to touch, to cheer. Even thought we’re going on seven seasons since he won the Heisman, six since leading the Gators to their last national title.
While ESPN executives have been less than thrilled about expressing his desire to keep playing, Tebow gave a response on today about what he thinks about the NFL. Asked how long it would take him to get ready if a team called he responded: “Not long.’’
Asked a second time, he responded again with a smile: “Not long. I’m always working hard, you know that.’’
The odds of that call ever coming look less likely every day. Asked directly if he’d given up on the NFL, Tebow dodged the question by saying he’s learned to enjoy the experiences of the moment.
“It’s been great,’’ Tebow said of working for ESPN. “So many of you all (Florida beat writers) have been around me a number of years. You know how passionate I am about football, for the Southeastern Conference, college football in general. . . . It’s Friday afternoon and most of these guys should be in school but they’re out here and they are excited about it. That’s been every week. That’s something that’s super exciting about this show because it is an emotional passion, live, and I love that.’’
The hardest thing about his new job?
“Putting on all these suits,’’ he chuckled.
Tebow said he starts every day breaking down film.
“Looking at how we would attack these defenses, the best way to handle them,’’ he said. “That’s awesome to me. It keeps you in the game, that’s fun.’’
Former LSU star Marcus Spears said he was anxious to see Tebow on the Florida campus. He came away realizing it was as entertaining as he thought it would be.
ebow is in town to do the Game Day version of the SEC on Saturday. His thoughts on the current Florida team that plays Kentucky: “I’ve been very impressed. Offense, defense, special teams. You look at what Kurt Roper has done offensively, he’s really given these guys an opportunity to play in shape and be successful in space and I think it’s really going to help, this offense. Coach (Will) Muschamp has always done a great job with his defense all the way back to when we played him in 2007 and he was at Auburn. I think both sides of the ball are going to be awesome this year and really help turn this Florida program around from a 4-8 team to a team that has a chance to compete in the SEC.’’
All the fans flooding to Tebow is nothing new. He’s dealt with it since his freshman season at UF.
“Being here at the University of Florida is obviously very nostalgic, all these great fans,’’ Tebow said. “You get an opportunity to make their day by taking a picture, doing something nice for them. It’s fun for me.’’
He nodded towards a nearby building where he took his first class on campus, a 7:55 a.m. course.
“It’s fun,’’ Tebow said. “I obviously have so many great memories and love the University of Florida and just love what we’re doing too. Being a part of ball and talking about it every week in a fun environment. It’s a lot of fun for me.’’
As for the NFL, Tebow said: “I think every day is just an opportunity to count your blessings and that’s what I do and it’s a blessing to do this and you know me, you know I’m going to train hard every day, that’s my mentality. But I’m going to do that at anything I’m doing. I have so many great opportunities, this, an opportunity (coming up starting next week) with ‘Good Morning America.’ I just love what I’m doing. It’s great.’’
The “Good Morning America” appearances are “an opportunity to show my heart and be who I am, too,’’ he said. “That’s someone who likes to make a brighter day in people’s lives. That’s a lot about what I’m going to be doing on the show.’’
The biggest key to Saturday’s UK-UF game? Tebow said it’s how Wildcats quarterback Patrick Towles handles the pressure Florida is going to throw at him.
“Last when when Ohio pressured him he was 5 of 9 for 36 yards and two sacks,’’ Tebow said. “And I believe Florida is going to pressure and when that happens will those receivers be able to win man-to-man coverage and will they be able to give him a few seconds to get the ball off.’’
Tebow said he analyzes tape, looks at film and gives his honest opinion.
“I’ll always be a Gator fan but when you live on the show you take that away and you look at the facts,’’ he said. “And you look at your ability to analyze tape and analyze film. If I think they are going to win, I’ll say it. If I think they are going to lose I’ll say that as well. I think you take being a fan out of it for a little while.’’
Tebow added he had “pretty good memories of almost every campus in the SEC . . . coming back here it’s just a little more special.’’
Nearby, fans lined the ropes waiting to see if Tebow would come back and spent more time. His legend in Gainesville lives on.
Asked about next week’s Alabama-Florida game, he called it two teams with chips on their shoulders with something to prove.
“I think it’s going to be a great game in an awesome environment and we’re going to be there to share it with everybody,’’ Tebow said. “And that’s going to be really fun.’’