Tim Tebow went from being a national champion and Heisman winner, to a player who was shockingly drafted in the first round, to a national phenomenon that led the Denver Broncos to a playoff game, to an afterthought on the New York Jets' sideline, to a player who currently doesn't have a job in the NFL.
Whew...got all that?
It's been a wild and crazy ride for the unorthodox quarterback, and it could take another interesting turn as there is a spot waiting for him in the Arena League, according to ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski.
It's a spot he should take.
So when Tim Tebow was released by the New York Jets on April 29, Jaworski took a shot by reaching out to the unemployed quarterback and offered him a roster spot with the Soul.
He's still waiting for a reply.
"I haven't heard back from him and I'm not going to push it," said Jaworski, one of the Soul's owners. "If he decides he wants to play Arena Football, we'll make a spot for him."
One [criticism] of Tebow is that he is slow and methodical. He would be forced to quicken it up in this league and it would be good training for him. You can learn a lot in this league. It's about processing information and getting the ball out... or you get whacked.
Jaworski's logic makes sense.
Besides, it seems pretty obvious at this point that Tebow isn't going to get a job as an NFL quarterback, at least not this season.
His mechanics need too much work, he brings a distracting media frenzy with him wherever he goes and, honestly, what offensive coordinator wants to put in a separate package into the playbook for a backup quarterback?
However, it also seems as though Tebow will continue to reject a move to a new position, despite the fact that he could likely transition into a very effective fullback or H-back. Tebow may not be a great passer, but he is a natural, bruising runner that would be a real weapon in the red zone if he made the switch.
If he is hell-bent on remaining at quarterback, though, and NFL teams continue to give him the cold shoulder, why not go to the Arena League? It worked for Kurt Warner, after all, and Jaworski is an ex-quarterback and an expert on the position.
It would be an unorthodox move, of course, but what about Tebow's career thus far has gone by a traditional script?
Will it happen? Probably not.
Would Tebow likely switch positions before downgrading leagues? I would guess he would.
Does the fact that we are now talking about Tebow in terms of the Arena League say a lot about how far he has fallen since beating the Pittsburgh Steelers in the playoffs two seasons ago?
It sure does.