In an interview with Steve Wyche of NFL Network, Goodell was asked about Tebow's future in the NFL:
Well, he's a great young man. And I try to stay out of the decisions about who should be playing in the NFL and on what team. But as a young man, he's just a super young guy, and I sure hope he's part of the NFL going forward. He's just a terrific young man and represents all of the values that I think all of our players do. I'm very proud of our players. I think, as a group, they're extraordinary young men, and I love to see the things they're doing in the community. They're obviously great athletes on the field, but these are great young men, and Tim's a good example of that.
Will Tim Tebow play for an NFL team in 2013?
While this is a nice sentiment, will these words help land Tebow a job with another NFL team?
That all depends on the teams that may become interested in this polarizing player. Obviously, Tebow's skill set doesn't fit everywhere, and his lack of development under center remains a concern.
Regardless of Tebow's numbers since suiting up for the Denver Broncos, however, he has been good for the NFL. His marketability alone is easily among the best in the league, and along with his improvisation on the field, he is a very unpredictable player.
Furthermore, no one will question his undying work ethic.
What occurred with the New York Jets was simply unfortunate, as Gang Green was already in dire straits before Tebow came aboard. Mixing him into the drama only inflated the Jets' messy situation, but having Tebow at the heart of it kept both the Jets and the NFL in the headlines.
For as popular as the sport already is, Tebow's presence has taken things to another level.
Forbes' list of the most influential athletes has Tebow ranked No. 1, and he's a backup quarterback. That simply speaks to his popularity, which enhances the NFL's brand and keeps the sport among America's most popular.
Not many NFL teams seem interested in Tebow at the moment, but there is no doubt that he has the full support of Roger Goodell.