Tim Tebow signed a contract this offseason with the New England Patriots, but if for any reason he doesn’t make the team’s final roster, the ringing endorsement from former NFL quarterback Mark Brunell will help the polarizing player find a new home.
Brunell spoke with Mike Bianchi of the Open Mike radio show about whether he would sign Tebow to a deal if he was running a franchise:
If I had the opportunity, I would find a place on my team for Tim Tebow—no question…I think Tim is an asset to any team simply because of his work ethic, what he means in the community and the fact that he's a great guy to have in the locker room. I believe there's a place for Tim Tebow in the league. He has a special skill set. He's a quarterback who has had some success throwing the ball, he can run with it and you can put him anywhere. I'm surprised more teams weren't more interested in him.
There is no question that Brunell is the greatest quarterback in Jacksonville Jaguars history. The veteran's words about Tebow should not only have people around the league taking note, but should also have officials in the Jacksonville organization thinking twice about passing on the polarizing player.
It’s not just that Brunell was the best starter in the franchise’s history that should have organizations taking notice of his words, but his longevity in the league. The veteran stayed in the NFL for 18 seasons and was a versatile player that could use his legs to get out of trouble.
Brunell knows what it takes to be a star, and he thinks Tebow has it.
With Tebow mirroring Brunell’s game in certain aspects (ability to use a mix of passing and running to get the job done), the fact that the former Super Bowl-winning backup quarterback is coming out in support of the enigmatic star should be a great sign for his future in the NFL.
The Patriots will have the first crack at translating Tebow’s talents to their franchise, but if the team decides he doesn’t add enough on the field to warrant a place on the roster, there should be others looking to take the same risk.
Tebow is a bona fide winner in both college and in the NFL, and the passing inefficiencies he has fought over his career can be masked with the proper game plan. Just ask the Denver Broncos.
Organizations desperately want to find a face of the franchise. If Tebow fails to make New England’s 53-man final roster, Brunell’s words will help the Jaguars or another team take this educated risk.