Major broadcast networks reportedly prepared for Tim Tebow bidding war

Tim TebowThe more time that passes, the less likely it seems that Tim Tebow is ever going to play in the NFL again. While the former Florida star has made it clear that he refuses to give up on his dream of playing quarterback, it might be wise to start considering some career alternatives. Last month, Tebow reportedly hired a well-known broadcasting agent and began considering a career in television.

On Wednesday, The Big Lead reported that it is a virtual certainty that Tebow will be working as a college football analyst next season. Multiple sources reportedly told The Big Lead that ESPN, CBS, and FOX are all vying for his services.

ESPN is said to be interested in having Tebow join its SEC Network, which will debut in August 2014. ESPN is aiming to recreate a version of “College Gameday” for the SEC Network, and the network reportedly wants Tebow to join the panel and play the role of Kirk Herbstreit. CBS, which airs the top SEC games each week, is also interested in bringing Tebow on board given his status as an SEC legend. And FOX, which could be looking for a big draw for its new FOX Sports 1 network, supposedly wants to hire Tebow as an analyst.

The network that wants Tebow the most could be CBS, as The Big Lead is reporting executives are willing to “blow up” their pregame show if they have to in order to get Tebow to join.

While we are unaware of how much truth there is to any of the speculation, it seems fairly obvious that Tebow would have little trouble finding a job working as a television analyst. It’s all about ratings, and we know how much of a ratings machine he can be.

Mysterious powder, photo of Tim Tebow lead to hazmat scare in New Jersey

Tim TebowA letter that was addressed to Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop caused an evacuation of City Hall on Monday. The letter, which was later tested and deemed harmless, contained a mysterious white powder that was clearly intended to cause some sort of chemical scare. The letter also reportedly contained a photo of the one and only Tim Tebow.

According to The Jersey Journal, a source noted that the letter contained “spiritual stuff, heaven stuff” and the photo of Tebow. It is unclear who the letter was from or what the sender’s motive was. The building was evacuated for about an hour until the powder was tested and city workers were allowed back inside.

There’s nothing funny about a biological scare, given some of the problems politicians and city offices have had with anthrax over the last decade or so. Still, we can’t help but chuckle at the fact that there was a picture of the Teebs included with the letter. This guy truly is everywhere, even if he remains unemployed.

H/T Deadspin

Tim Tebow still working on his quarterback skills (Video)

Tim Tebow PatriotsTim Tebow was spotted throwing passes at USC on Tuesday and running through some different quarterback drills. Is this a major development? Not at all, but the timing is interesting given the news we heard earlier this week.

On Monday, reports surfaced that Tebow has hired a well-known broadcasting agent and is exploring the possibility of beginning a career in television, either in the NFL or at the collegiate level. Then on Wednesday, TMZ posted a video of him throwing passes and working out. If nothing else, that would seem to indicate that the former Florida star hasn’t totally given up on his football dreams.

There’s a difference between working out to stay in shape and working on your throwing mechanics. It appears Tebow was doing a little bit of both, just like he did a few months ago. It could be that he simply enjoys tossing a pigskin around, or it could be that he’s still waiting for a call. My guess is it’s a little of both.

Tim Tebow reportedly interested in broadcasting career

Tim Tebow PatriotsTim Tebow may finally be coming to the realization that his days of playing in the NFL are over. Considering the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars have no interest and several teams have chosen not reach out to Tebow despite injuries at the quarterback position, he can probably take the hint. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Tebow is now exploring potential broadcasting careers.

Rapoport reported on Sunday that Tebow has hired well-known broadcasting agent Nick Khan and has his sights set on NFL broadcasting. If he can not find an NFL job, Tebow will look at college television jobs.

After he was released by the New England Patriots before the season, Tebow reportedly turned down an inquiry to switch positions. He then began working on his throwing mechanics at USC and assured Twitter followers he was committed to pursuing his dream of being an NFL quarterback. Have the last 10 weeks been a reality check?

Jaguars fans have rallied for their team to sign Tebow, but the ownership group is not interested. Maybe they could bring him in as a broadcaster since their fans seem so passionate about him. Someone give the man a shot. It’s bad enough that his playing career could be history.

Terrelle Pryor does not want to end up like Tim Tebow

Terrelle Pryor RaidersAt one point in his career, Tim Tebow was a quarterback that young players aspired to be like. His throwing mechanics and playing style were unorthodox, but Tebow won two national championships in college and led the Denver Broncos on an improbable playoff run in his first full season as an NFL starting quarterback. Now, he’s unemployed.

Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor has spent some time working with quarterback guru Tom House recently and is planning to work with him again during the bye week. House also worked with Tebow, and many say he had helped the former Florida Gator’s mechanics at one point. The belief is that Tebow reverted to his old form when the pressure was on. Pryor does not want to make the same mistake.

Pryor said he has spoken with House about what happened to Tebow.

“He said [Tebow] was ready to go after working with him,” Pryor told ESPN.com’s Paul Gutierrez. “Tebow looked great, he was throwing the ball great, wasn’t missing anything. Then they said he went to [training] camp, and when he went back, he reverted back to himself because [that's] when the bullets are flying at you.

“I hope when I get the rushers, people are rushing me, I hope I don’t go back to the old thing.”

And just like that, Tebow has become an example of what not to do for NFL quarterbacks. A number of Jacksonville Jaguars fans have tried to rally their team to sign Tebow, but even the worst team in the league is not interested. As for Pryor, he has completed 72.7% of his passes when inside the pocket — the fourth-best percentage in the NFL.

“I’m very proud of that,” he said. “I’m very locked in. That’s definitely something I’m proud of. It’s a nonstop progression. It doesn’t really catch me by surprise that it’s happening.”

Pryor is capable of making plays with his legs, which is something Tebow could also do. The problem with Tebow is he never got the passing down. It’s nearly impossible to succeed in the NFL without it. Pryor is hoping he can become a true dual-threat.

Bryce Harper on his religious beliefs: ‘I’m not going to be Mr. Tim Tebow’

Bryce Harper NationalsWe all know that Tim Tebow is a very, very religious man. He has always gone out of his way to spread the Christian faith and thank God for all the good that has happened in his life. Less people know about Bryce Harper’s religious faith, although he takes it just as seriously.

Harper is a devout Mormon. He writes “Luke 1:37″ on every autograph he signs, which is a bible verse that reads, “For with God, nothing shall be impossible.” According to The Washington Times, Harper also attended seminary classes at 5 a.m. every weekday during high school. However, he said he tries not to share his religious beliefs with anyone unless they ask.

“If somebody asks me about it, I’ll tell them about it, but I’m not going to be Mr. Tim Tebow,” he said, noting that he meant no offense toward Tebow.

Other religious NFL players have accused Tebow of talking about his faith too much. Unlike other Mormons, Harper decided not to go on a Mormon mission but instead pursue a career in professional baseball. He said that decision was driven by his mother’s advice.

“My mom always told me, ‘You can touch a lot more lives playing baseball and doing good things than you would on a mission,’” Harper said. “It’s very true. Shoot, I’ll tweet about God and get 1,500 retweets and it’s like, that just went to 1,500 people or more.

“I’m going to try to be the best person I can off the field [and promote my faith that way]. What I say is, ‘I try to be the best walking Book of Mormon as I can.’”

Instead of preaching, Harper simply turns reporters into a punchline if they ask a “clown” question about him doing something that would go against his religious beliefs. As they say, to each his own.

Dozens of Jacksonville Jaguars fans show up to Tim Tebow rally


Jacksonville Jaguars fans are willing to try anything to turn their misfortunes around. The team was 2-14 last season and looks like it could somehow be even worse in 2013. Positions of need include quarterback, among many others. And many Jags fans are wondering why that quarterback can’t be free agent Tim Tebow.

Despite a number of reports over the past year that the Jaguars have been close to signing Tebow or were aggressively trying to acquire him in a trade, the team has denied ever having interest. On Monday afternoon, dozens of fans showed up in an attempt to force the front office’s hand. Here’s another photo of the angry mob:

Did I say dozens? I meant a few. Well, maybe more than a few. A bushel? Can we use the word “bushel” to describe people? It seems appropriate in this situation.

I think it’s safe to say that letter from Chuck Norris is the best chance Jags fans have of seeing Tebow as their signal-caller.

H/T Shutdown Corner
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