No network loved Tebowmania more than ESPN. Now Tim Tebow will work for ESPN.
Tebow signed a three-year agreement with ESPN to be a college football analyst for the SEC Network, according to CBSSports.com. Per CBS, Tebow will be working primarily with ESPN's traveling pregame show "SEC Nation" beginning on Aug. 28, 2014.
Tebow will debut on the network during ESPN's coverage of the 2014 BCS National Championship between Florida State and Auburn next week. ESPN released the following statement (via CBS):
Through a multi-year agreement, Tebow's primary role will be as an analyst for SEC Nation, the network's traveling pregame show that will originate from a different SEC campus each week beginning August 28, 2014. In the months leading up to launch and after, he will contribute to a variety of ESPN platforms including SportsCenter, ESPN Radio, and the network's Heisman Trophy coverage, offering in-depth perspective as a legendary Southeastern Conference player.
Though this seems to possibly be the first step towards Tebow's NFL career being officially over, as NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting that Tebow's contract with ESPN has an "out-clause" in case an NFL team "comes calling."
Tim Tebow joins ESPN's SEC Network, will debut on ESPN Monday. He has an out-clause if he signs with NFL team, per @RapSheet.— MileHighReport (@MileHighReport) December 30, 2013
It seems unlikely that any NFL teams will come calling for Tebow anytime soon, but if Josh McDaniels ends up becoming the next head coach of the Cleveland Browns, anything could happen. As of now, though, Tebow is a football commentator and no longer a football player.
Tebow made the following statement once the news broke:
"I am so excited that ESPN has given me this incredible opportunity," said Tebow. "When I was six years old I fell in love with the game of football, and while I continue to pursue my dream of playing quarterback in the NFL, this is an amazing opportunity to be part of the unparalleled passion of college football and the SEC."
Tebow was drafted by McDaniels in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. After starting the final three games of his rookie season, Tebow took over as Denver's starter five games into his second season and helped the Broncos secure the AFC West while riding a read-option offense that would go on to take the NFL by storm the following season.
The thrilling Tebowmania ride came to a sudden halt in the Divisional Round of the playoffs, however, when the New England Patriots stomped the Broncos 45-10. Broncos owner Pat Bowlen made it known after the game that such a performance was unacceptable and Denver went after Peyton Manning the following offseason.
Manning ended up signing with Denver and Tebow was traded to the New York Jets. After an uneventful season with the Jets in 2012, Tebow signed with the Patriots before training camp but ended up not making their final 53-man roster.
Tebow spent all of the 2013 season without a team. Going forward, ESPN will be his team.