Tim Tebow is one of the most decorated quarterbacks in college football history and had several memorable moments during his time with the Denver Broncos. Now, it's time to start looking toward the future, and broadcasting is emerging as a potential destination.
Tebow was a perfect fit for the system at Florida. His dual-threat ability put consistent pressure on opposing defenses, and the short passing game helped mask his flaws as a passer. The result was two national titles and a Heisman Trophy.
His outstanding performance at the collegiate level was enough to get him drafted in the first round of the 2010 draft by the Denver Broncos.
Although he flashed playmaking ability in 2011, a season in which he accounted for 18 touchdowns and just eight turnovers, his lack of accuracy, especially on downfield throws, limited his upside. He completed less than 47 percent of his 271 attempts that season.
It was a sign the Broncos, who have since upgraded to Peyton Manning, or any other team would have a hard time committing to Tebow as a long-term option at quarterback.
With the halfway mark of the 2013 season now in the rear-view mirror, it seems like Tebow might be coming to that realization as well.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports Tebow hired broadcast agent Nick Khan of CAA to represent him alongside Jimmy Sexton with an eye on possibly securing a television gig.
Tim Tebow hired prominent broadcast agent CAA’s Nick Khan to join Jimmy Sexton in repping him. If no NFL, will look at college TV jobs.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 10, 2013
Whether Tebow is actively seeking a job for the latter stages of the current season or is simply laying the groundwork for the future is unclear. He may still be waiting for an NFL team to call with another chance to prove himself.
That's becoming less likely with each passing week, however.
The fact the New England Patriots, with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who's always been one of Tebow's biggest supporters, and Bill Belichick, a coach constantly looking for unique ways to improve the team, decided he wasn't a good fit was a bad sign.
Since Tebow was let go at the end of August, he's failed to land with another team.
There's been no shortage of openings over the past few months. Several teams have watched their quarterbacks go down to injury, including ones that lacked other reliable options like the Buffalo Bills and St. Louis Rams, but Tebow wasn't signed.
In the football world, his popularity is working against him. Even if a front office thinks he could be a reserve quarterback, the hoopla and distractions that come along with having him on the roster outweigh any potential reward.
What type of broadcaster would Tebow be?
It's the direct opposite in the world of broadcasting. Stations are always looking for ways to get more people to watch their shows, and landing Tebow would likely provide an immediate boost to whatever show he appears on.
He has a loyal fanbase and always comes off as a very likable person, which would make the transition to television easier. Fans shouldn't expect any hard-hitting, negative analysis at the outset, but he would still be a valuable asset.
One show that could certainly use the Tebow bump is Fox College Saturday on Fox Sports 1. It's struggling to carve out a niche alongside ESPN's dominant College GameDay, as illustrated by Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated.
CFB pregame ratings update (11/2): College GameDay: 1.8 million viewers. Fox College Saturday: 54,000 viewers.— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) November 6, 2013
Tebow would likely provide the show with an immediate surge of viewers, at which point it gets the opportunity to showcase why it's a viable alternative to GameDay.
It's hard to imagine anything less than a major battle if Tebow did decide to go the broadcasting route, though. He would generate the buzz every college football show is seeking.
Ultimately, it's an option he should embrace sooner rather than later. The lack of quarterbacking opportunities is a message that it appears he's finally received with the hiring of a new agent that deals in broadcasting.
Tebow could still have a bright future in the football world, it might just come behind a desk instead of under center.