Tim Tebow isn’t giving up. (Charles Krupa / AP)
Tim Tebow has been released by two NFL teams and traded by another, but he vowed to continue to try to play pro football.
“I would like to thank [owner] Mr. [Robert] Kraft, Coach [Bill] Belichick, Coach [Josh] McDaniels and the entire Patriots organization for giving me the opportunity to be a part of such a classy organization. I pray for nothing but the best for you all. I will remain in relentless pursuit of continuing my lifelong dream of being an NFL quarterback.
“2 Corinthians 12:9: And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.”
Whether he gets another chance remains to be seen. His skills have been in decline in the 20 months since he led the Denver Broncos to a playoff victory. The Broncos’ John Elway traded him to the New York Jets, who cut him in April after one lackluster season. He signed in June with New England and figured to get his best chance with Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, the man who took him in the first round of the NFL draft when he was coaching the Broncos. But today the Patriots decided it wasn’t working after a mediocre performance in three preseason games.
The problem, USA Today’s Jarrett Bell points out, is that, while Tebow is effective at scrambling and on keepers, that’s not a prescription for survival for an NFL quarterback. “[T]he most explosive running quarterbacks — Cam Newton, Colin Kaepernick, Robert Griffin III — can all do something Tebow can’t,” Bell writes. “They can throw the football, too. Tebow too often had trouble just seeing where to throw. And when to throw. And when he did throw, who knows where the ball would wind up.”
There are other possibilities for Tebow at quarterback: he could wait to see if an NFL team has a need or try football in Canada or in the Arena league, according to Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report. “Tebow could still be a blocker somewhere, but he doesn’t have the speed any longer to play a skill position,” Freeman writes. ” [A] far greater possibility is some Canadian or Arena team offers Tebow a shot in order to make a big splash. Someone will use Tebow as a prop, a ticket-seller, then they will see what Elway and [Jets Coach Rex] Ryan and McDaniels and Belichick did. They will see, unfortunately, that it’s over for Tim Tebow.”
And, if he chooses to keep trying without in success in the NFL, it isn’t as if there aren’t plenty of other options for a guy with nearly 2.4 million Twitter followers and a busy offseason career speaking about his religious beliefs. Jeremy Foley, athletic director at Tebow’s University of Florida alma mater, told NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport in April 2012 that Tebow could do “anything he wanted to do.”
“First of all, Tim has charisma off the charts, if he talked to 5,000 people or 100,000 people. When he speaks to you, he speaks the truth. One of his greatest attributes is his passion for whatever he does,” Foley said. “If he left football and had passion for whatever — I’m not going to even try to guess what he might do — people would follow him. They take sides about his faith and everything.
“But he could be anything he wanted to be.”