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Is Tim Tebow’s NFL Career Over Now That He’s Joining ESPN As A College Football Analyst?

Submitted by on December 31, 2013 – 12:15 pmOne Comment

Former Denver Broncos/New York Jets/New England Patriots quarterback Tim Tebow may have taken his final snap in the NFL. He may have thrown his final errant pass, given his final rowdy pregame pep talk, and Tebowed for the final time as well. Because yesterday, ESPN announced that, effective almost immediately, Tebow will be joining The Worldwide Leader in Sports as a college football analyst. He will start by doing some pregame analysis prior to the BCS National Championship next week. And then, next summer, Tebow will become a staple on ESPN’s new SEC Network, co-hosting a show called SEC Nation and serving as a regular college football analyst on shows like SportsCenter. It sounds like Tebow is ready to move on to the next phase of his life. Er, or is he?

“While I continue to pursue my dream of playing quarterback in the NFL,” Tebow said in a statement released by ESPN, “this is an amazing opportunity to be part of the unparalleled passion of college football and the SEC.”

While you continue to pursue your dream of playing quarterback in the NFL, though, Tim? Don’t get us wrong. We actually think that Tim Tebow is good for the NFL. We got a little bit tired of Tebow towards the end of his tenure in New York. But Tebow makes for good headlines for the NFL. So we would love to see him make a comeback and get another opportunity in the league. But doesn’t it feel like Tebow is jumping headfirst into a huge opportunity with ESPN without coming to terms with the fact that his NFL career is likely over? It almost sounds like he’s in denial about it and isn’t quite ready to give up on playing in the league. And let’s say that some team calls him up next June and offers him a spot on their practice team. Does Tebow leave a fantastic co-hosting role on ESPN’s SEC Network to go suit up for NFL practices?!

The ESPN opportunity is a big one for Tebow. And it’s one that he should definitely take. But before he gets too involved with it, he probably needs to do some soul-searching and decide whether or not he’s willing to give up the ESPN gig if an NFL team comes calling. Otherwise, he could be faced with a very difficult decision in 2014—one that could impact the way that people see him as both a football player and an analyst.

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