The Jacksonville Jaguars made a number of roster moves Tuesday morning. Most notably, they released Tim Tebow, who was attempting to make the team as a tight end nearly nine years after last being on an NFL field.
Was it a silly experiment to try and turn Tebow, who had never played a position other than QB during his storied playing career, into a TE after being away from the game for so long? Of course it was.
Credit Urban Meyer for that. It’s just one of many dumbass moves Meyer will make in what will be a brief and forgettable tenure as head coach of the Jags.
It was an absolute given that Tebow would be classy to the end of a spectacular athletic career. He was just that in a statement he released on his Twitter account shortly after getting the news this morning.
The 34-year-old Tebow led the Florida Gators to a pair of national championships during his collegiate career. He won the Heisman Trophy in 2007 and finished in the top five for the award in 2008 and ’09.
Tebow was taken in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. In two seasons with the Broncos, Tebow started in 16 of 25 games he played in, compiling a 9-7 record in his 16 starts.
After a loss to the San Diego Chargers in Week 5 of the 2011 campaign, Denver was 1-4 and left for dead going into the open date. The club announced that it would turn to Tebow as its starting quarterback for a Week 7 date at Miami.
During the off week, GM John Elway purposely set Tebow up for failure by trading the team’s best wide receiver, Brandon Lloyd, who had led the NFL in receiving yards in 2010.
Nevertheless, Tebow and the Broncos became the story of the rest of the NFL season. In their next eight games after the 1-4 start, Tebow orchestrated six game-winning drives and they went 7-1.
Despite a three-game losing streak to close the regular season, Denver still won the AFC West to earn a home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the wild-card round of the playoffs. Tebow threw for a career-best 316 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. He also ran 10 times for 50 yards and one TD.
On the first play of overtime, Tebow hit Demaryius Thomas with a quick slant and the Georgia Tech product took it to the house for an 80-yard, game-winning reception. The Broncos lost at New England in the AFC semifinals the following week, and Tebow never started another game in the NFL.
His final stats as an NFL quarterback read like this: 19/9 career touchdown-to-interception ratio, 13 rushing TDs and a 5.0 yards-per-carry average.
After a season with an awful New York Jets team, Tebow failed to make the final roster for the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles in subsequent training camps.
Before this unsuccessful comeback bid, Tebow played in the minors for several years with the New York Mets. Tebow will continue his role as a college football analyst for the SEC Network this fall.