By Dustin Brewer
Everyone’s favorite football folk hero, Tim Tebow is all set to be an analyst for ESPN’s upcoming SEC Channel, which will be launching in August. But despite that, Tebow is still practicing vigorously with the hope he’ll one day play in the NFL again.
When we last saw Timothy Richard Tebow, he was unceremoniously being cut by the New England Patriots after only two months and before the 2013-14 regular season had even begun.
Now, despite all the criticisms, soaring highs and crushing lows, he’s back in the spotlight trying to get back into the NFL.
“I’m training every day and feel like I’m the best that I’ve ever been. I still love it, love playing, talking about it, and I’m just excited about whatever the future holds” said Tebow. “Who knows what could happen? But I’m excited about it, though.”- Tim Tebow
Very few athletes enjoyed the type of meteoric rise the world saw when “Tebow-Mania” ran wild with the college hero trying to take his unconventional game to the next level after being drafted 25th overall in 2010 by the Denver Broncos.
With “Tebow-Mania” there was no in-between, you either loved it for some reason (it was inspirational, it was insane, it was hilarious, etc) or you absolutely hated it and saw it as an insult to QBs.
After being put in Week Six after halftime against the Chargers, Tebow almost led the team back from a 16-point deficit and though they were unable to complete the comeback, he earned his chance as a starter.
As a starter, he was inept every week for 3 1/2 quarters of every game, until crunch time where he inexplicably was able to pull football miracle after football miracle off which culminated in a playoff birth for the Broncos against the Steelers in the first round.
In that playoff game, Tebow went 10-21 but had 2 TDs, including one on the first play of overtime where he hit WR Demaryius Thomas for an 80-yard game-winning score, sending them to the next round. “Tebow-Mania” couldn’t be stopped.
Then he went to Foxborough to face the Patriots.
As quickly as it started, “Tebow-Mania” had run its’ course as Tom Brady and the Pats stomped on the Broncos until all the inspiration and novelty had been drained from the team. The final score being 45-10.
From there, the lightning could never be captured in another bottle. After the Broncos pulled off the free agent pickup of a lifetime in signing Peyton Manning, Tebow was traded to the Jets where he never got a chance to start and destroyed any confidence that Mark Sanchez had left as he struggled all year (and was cut by the team this off-season after they began building around Geno Smith.)
It remains to be seen if Tebow will ever get another NFL chance, having not started a game since 2011 and only completing six passes since he left the Broncos.
Since then we’ve seen Jeremy Lin instigate “Lin-sanity” in the NBA and now are celebrating the one year anniversary of Yasiel Puig’s introduction as the newest hero to LA Dodgers and MLB fans.
There’s always going to be a young phenom that captures the fans’ attention, what separates the good from the great, is keeping it.
Until Tebow either finds a new team or settles in his position as an analyst, let’s bask in the glory of “Tebow-Mania” one more time: