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Tim Tebow's versatile nature showcased

THURS. | 06-10-21 | SPORTS

     Tim Tebow has just signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars as of Thursday, May 20, 2021. However, Tebow will be a tight end for the Jaguars rather than holding his previous position as quarterback (QB). This 6’3 255 lb. former QB has not started in a National Football League (NFL) regular season game since 2012. Tebow is 33 years old, and has been playing professional sports for 11 years. A star QB best known for his time spent playing for the Denver Broncos from 2010-2012 wasn't done with his NFL career just yet. 

     Tebow finished a very successful college career with the University of Florida Gators from 2006-2008. With two college national championships and the Heisman trophy under his belt, he was set for a great career in the big leagues. Tebow was drafted in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft as the 25th overall pick, to the Denver Broncos. The Broncos had a rough first year with Tebow finishing last in the American Football Conference (AFC) west. In 2011, Tebow really turned the program around, bringing them to be first in their conference for the regular season. After 2011, Tebow hopped around a couple teams. In 2012 he was the third-string quarterback for the New York Jets. There was not much for Tebow to do playing behind Drew Stanton and Mark Sanchez, so he was traded to the New England Patriots in 2013. Where he was benched with Tom Brady as the starting QB. In 2014, Tebow was dropped into free agency for a year until the Philadelphia Eagles signed him in 2015. Tebow was once again a third-string quarterback behind Sam Darnald and Mark Sanches and did not play as much as he hoped. After his one year deal with the Eagles, Tebow decided to retire as an NFL quarterback.

     However, Tebow was not done with professional sports. Tebow decided to try baseball. He had not played since high school, but showed a lot of potential for the game. Tebow made the transition in 2016 to play in the minor league for the New York Mets. In Tebow’s first game with the Mets, he hit a homerun. Tebow played for the Mets for five years putting up some pretty good stats such as a .223 batting average over 287 games, Especially for a former NFL QB. At age 33, in February of 2021, Tebow decided to retire from baseball.

     After six years of being retired from the NFL, Tebow decided he was not done just yet. Head coach Urban Meyer for the Jacksonville Jaguars approached Tebow


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and signed him as a tight end for a one year,which was a $700,000 deal. Meyer was the head coach at Florida while Tebow was the star quarterback, so no doubt there is a long standing friendship here.
     The Jacksonville Jaguars have six tight ends on their roster now, so Tebow will definitely have a challenge. 

     "I know it will be a challenge, but it is a challenge I embrace. I am dedicated to taking the direction of our coaching staff and learning from my teammates,” Tebow said.

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