Tim Tebow would resurrect the AFL.
Will the AFL land Tebow?
The blackballed quarterback has yet to find a place to play football in 2013 after the New York Jets released him earlier this offseason. NFL teams—and CFL teams, in Warren Moon’s mind—may shy away from signing Tebow due to poor throwing ability. Despite a questionable skill set, he’s still the biggest name in the game, and that’s why, as much as Tim Tebow needs a home right now, the AFL needs him more.
The Associated Press (via ESPN) reported that former NFL QB, ESPN analyst and part-Philadelphia Soul owner Ron Jaworski wants Tebow on his team.
“I love the guy,” said Jaworski, who contacted Tebow the day after the Jets cut him. “I want him here just for his leadership.”
Hopefully, for the AFL’s sake, the "Polish Rifle" turns into the Polish Fishing Rod and reels in what would be the greatest catch in the league’s history.
Tebow would bring much more than leadership to the AFL. He’d add recognizable face to a league with a lack thereof.
Even the often-ridiculed WNBA has more than twice has many Twitter followers as the AFL. The AFL averaged an attendance of just 7,882 in 2013, according to ArenaFan.com. 10,090 were in attendance for the Los Angeles Sparks’ game against the Seattle Storm on Sunday night.
Tebow would single-handedly eliminate the league’s lack of hype.
Forbes named Tebow America’s most-influential athlete alive. He attempted eight passes last year and still sold the 14th-most jerseys in the NFL, according to the league’s official website. Chuck Norris even co-signed the “The Ultimate Clutch Player” recently, saying Tebow reminds him of himself.
If that isn’t enough to convince one Tebow’s name would breathe life into the AFL, picture this.
The Dallas Cowboys are one of the NFL’s most popular teams. The Buffalo Bills are not. Despite their Grand Canyon-like gap in popularity—Dallas boasts over 550,000 Twitter followers compared to just over 150,000 for Buffalo—the Jets’ opening day attendance in 2013 against the Bills topped their opening day attendance against the Cowboys the year before.
Tebow wasn’t in green and white the year before.
The AFL will be rolling in green if one of its teams signs the media magnet.
David Daniels is a breaking news writer at Bleacher Report and a news editor at Wade-O Radio.