It has been more than two years since Tim Tebow led the Denver Broncos to a playoff win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, but the polarizing star is still very much in the spotlight. With Super Bowl XLVIII looming on Feb. 2, Tebow joined Good Morning America as a special guest host.
There is a certain symmetry to all of this since Tebow played for the Broncos as well as the New York Jets, and Super Bowl XLVIII will be staged at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., which happens to be the Jets' home base. With all of that in mind, Tebow was a perfect fit for Good Morning America, especially considering his recent foray into television.
Tebow appeared periodically throughout the show and was largely called upon for his football expertise, and he seemed to be comfortable in that setting. Here is a closer look at what we learned about Tebow and his potential plans for the future during his appearance on Good Morning America.
Tebow Still Has NFL Aspirations
Will Tebow ever play another NFL regular-season game?
Even after being released by the New England Patriots prior to the 2013 season and being passed over by every other NFL team as well, Tebow still has hopes and dreams of playing in the NFL again one day. Part of Tebow's appearance on GMA was dedicated to a sit-down interview with host Robin Roberts. Tebow discussed several different things including his faith, but the one aspect of the interview that probably raised the most eyebrows was his insistence that making it back to the NFL is still priority No. 1.
Tebow revealed that he continues to work out in Los Angeles, and he believes that he is a better player now than he ever was in the past. Even if that is true, Tebow needs an opportunity in order to prove it. As unconventional as Tebow is, he did spark the Broncos two years ago and lead them to a playoff berth. Things went off the rails after that since things didn't exactly work out with the Jets, and there are many who believe that Tebow hasn't gotten a fair shake.
While most probably view an NFL comeback as a longshot, Tebow hasn't given up hope. According to C.J. Nitkowski of MLB.com and CBS Sports, Tebow is content to let his future play out the way that it is meant to:
"You don't know what the future holds but you know Who holds your future" - Tebow on how his faith & attempted return to the NFL intertwine.— CJ Nitkowski (@CJNitkowski) January 31, 2014
If nothing else, there is something inspiring about watching Tebow continue to chase his dream. Tebow is a mainstream sensation who could very easily rest on his laurels and rake in money based on his name alone, but he doesn't want to settle. Based on his comments on Good Morning America, he doesn't intend to end his NFL pursuit any time soon.
Tebow Will Have a Presence on Super Bowl Sunday After All
Although Tebow won't be playing for the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, those watching at home will still get a heavy dose of Tebow-mania nonetheless. It should come as no surprise that Tebow is a hot commodity as far as advertisers are concerned, and T-Mobile was lucky enough to land him for a pair of Super Bowl commercials. Previews of the commercials were shown on Good Morning America, and they were very well received.
One of T-Mobile's biggest draws is the fact that it doesn't require contracts. The cell phone company used that to play off the fact that Tebow currently doesn't have an NFL contract. Tebow then comically described all the great things he has been able to do without a contract, as seen in this video:
As entertaining as that ad was, the hijinks continued in yet another T-Mobile spot featuring Tebow:
Even those who aren't particularly big Tebow fans had to get a kick out of those commercials. They were very well done, and it's nice to see Tebow having a little bit of fun with his situation. Chris Littman of Sporting News is one of many who praised Tebow's performance:
Gotta admit, Tim Tebow's new spot for T-Mobile is actually pretty funny/self-aware - http://t.co/O12We1DUtm— Chris Littmann (@chrislittmann) January 31, 2014
Tebow may never reach the same heights as Peyton Manning in the marketing realm, but there is little doubt that his representatives will continue to receive plenty of calls once these ads air.
Tebow Has a Future in Television
After signing with ESPN to be part of the upcoming SEC Network, it became quite clear that Tebow had an exciting new career on his hands. After his showing on Good Morning America, that was all but confirmed. Even if Tebow is unable to make it back to the NFL, he will be great in his new role. Tebow seemed especially comfortable breaking down the Super Bowl alongside Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young, as seen in this photo courtesy of Good Morning America on Instagram:
Tebow was diplomatic as he didn't offer a pick, but he gave some in-depth analysis by saying that the play of Broncos nose tackle Terrance Knighton and the rest of the front seven will be the game's biggest key. Tebow did so well that former Ohio State and Broncos running back Maurice Clarett praised him on Twitter:
Just turned on the TV and seen my man Tim Tebow flawlessly adjusting to his new life. Probably enjoys this new life more than football.— Maurice Clarett (@ReeseClarett13) January 31, 2014
In addition to being an analyst, Tebow proved capable of moving outside his comfort zone. Tebow and Hall of Fame quarterback engaged in a cook off with famous chef Emeril Lagasse serving as the judge. Tebow made filet, while Montana went with dry-rub chicken wings. Tebow did his best to sell his dish, but Emeril ultimately chose Montana's wings. It was a fun, light-hearted segment that showed Tebow's potential range should he decide to retire the jersey and slip into the suit for good.
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