With his NFL career almost certainly done, there is now a legitimate possibility that Tim Tebow will become a college football announcer, and it's just an overall fantastic idea.
According to Ian Rapoport from NFL Network, it appears that Tebow has hired a broadcast agent and is considering looking at either a college football or NFL TV job.
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
While he was certainly an incredibly polarizing player in the NFL, his college football resume would make him an ideal announcer at the college football level.
Tebow was arguably one of the greatest players in the history of college football with his ability to make plays both through the air and on the ground. He was a two-time national champion, two-time first-team All-American and was the Heisman Trophy winner in 2007. He finished his career with over 12,000 total yards and 145 total touchdowns.
As a broadcaster, Tebow could provide some terrific analysis as someone who played the game at an incredibly high level. He could provide terrific stories about what it's like to play in a national championship, win the Heisman, play against SEC schools and so much more.
There are a number of landing spots that would certainly be interesting.
The most popular one is ESPN's College GameDay, with Tebow joining the likes of Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard, if Lee Corso decides to leave.
In an article by Chris Chase in USA Today, he talks about the possibility of Tebow joining the show:
Naturally, the biggest job in college football will be getting Lee Corso's chair on College Gameday whenever he walks away. "If he chooses to end his playing career, we'd have an interest in exploring it," ESPN spokeswoman Gracie Blackburn said in an email, of having Tebow join ESPN's broadcast team.
Of course, there are other spots besides College GameDay. Fox College Saturday is another pregame show, but they're struggling to attract viewers. According to Richard Deitsch from Sports Illustrated, the numbers for Fox's show aren't exactly promising.
Saturday's college football pregame ratings: College GameDay: 1.7 million viewers. Fox College Saturday: 80,000 viewers.— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) October 8, 2013
With a personality like Tebow, I'm sure that more people would certainly start tuning in.
Tebow could also go the way of being an in-game announcer, although I'm not quite sure what that would be like. We have a very limited sample of what Tebow is like in a broadcast setting.
Naturally, there will be some growing pains with a new job like this, but since his football career is essentially over, this would be a great opportunity for him to stay close to the game and do something he likely loves.