The name Tim Tebow is one that will always bring back nostalgic memories, directly followed by the question, “Why was he ever relevant again?” For most people attuned with the sports world and college football fans, in particular, Tim Tebow is and always will be a figure of the past. For someone who is my age (college-age or younger,) the name sounds familiar, but we hardly remember why.
When I started researching Tim Tebow to write this article to jog my memory, three things struck me in particular. First, the guy is quite a Renaissance man, from college football quarterback to minor league baseball player, to trying (and failing) to make it in the NFL as a tight end. Second, he has an intense passion for professional sports. Third, he should really stop trying to make it in said professional sports.
And don’t forget when he started the “Tebowing” trend.
Tebow’s comeback attempt and release
When the news finally broke that Tim Tebow would be trying to make it in the NFL as a tight end for Jacksonville, the internet and media broke, which is odd, considering that this story occurred on the same preseason weekend that included the NFL debut of multiple star college quarterbacks like Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, Mac Jones, and Justin Fields. For some reason, it seemed like everyone on every single platform was talking about the Tim Tebow comeback story.
Tebow played as a backup quarterback for the Florida Gators for a couple of seasons before he earned the starting position in 2007. That season, he threw for 3,286 yards and 32 touchdowns and ran for 895 yards and 23 touchdowns. This outstanding season led Tebow to become the very first sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy.Tim Tebow is quite a Renaissance man, from college football quarterback to minor league baseball player, to trying (and failing) to make it in the NFL as a tight end.
The next season, in 2008, he led the Gators to win the national championship, and they also went undefeated in the regular season in 2009, until they lost to Alabama in the Southeastern championship game. According to ESPN, Tebow finished at the University of Florida as the SEC’s career leader in rushing touchdowns, touchdown responsibility, and passer efficiency, and he still holds the first two records.
Despite a glowing collegiate football career, Tebow had not played since the 2015 NFL preseason. Since seemingly abandoning his football career, Tebow has spent the past handful of years working for the SEC Network as a broadcaster and building a career in professional minor league baseball (that has also since come to an end.)
Tim Tebow has been trying since his college years to make it in “the big leagues” of multiple sports, and he has proven time and time again that he simply does not have what it takes. That being said, I was kind of excited to watch him when the news broke that he would be trying to make it in the NFL once again, with Urban Meyer, Trevor Lawrence, and the Jacksonville Jaguars. But I was not surprised when a couple of days ago (Saturday,) Tebow was one of the first players cut from the Jaguars’ roster in preparation for the regular season. It was a story that was disappointing but not surprising.
Suffice it to say that the time of Tim Tebow’s relevance is long past. He was once a stellar college quarterback, but now he is a hardly relevant former professional athlete who, for some reason, keeps making headlines by trying to make it in other sports. One can admire Tebow’s resilience, perseverance, and dedication to his dreams, but that’s about it.