Tebow has been one of the most polarizing figures in the sport since being drafted by Denver in the first round, but he is still working hard to keep in top shape and get another opportunity with an NFL team.
Gayle Jansen of MyFoxPhoenix.com conducted an interview with Tebow during one of his training sessions with Ian Danney in Scottsdale, Arizona. During the conversation, Tebow had this to say to Jansen: "I feel great. I feel the strongest, healthiest, throwing the best I ever have. I'm just really excited about the improvement."
The video clearly shows Tebow in excellent physical condition and he claims to be working out with quarterback coaches as well. While many experts may have closed the door on Tebow’s return to the NFL, he will not.
Tebow has become known for his positive attitude, and despite the inability to find an opportunity in the NFL, he told Jansen about the inner peace he feels, via NFL.com:
One of my favorite quotes is 'I don't know what my future holds, but I know who holds my future.' And in that, it gives you peace to just continue to work, go after what your heart desires and when you do that, you don't have any regrets. I think that's the best way to live life.
When asked about a possible comeback in June of this year, Tebow told Mike Organ of The Tennessean about his training and his unwavering love of the sport:
I'm training every day and feel like I'm the best that I've ever been. I still love it, love playing, talking about it, and I'm just excited about whatever the future holds. Who knows what could happen? But I'm excited about it, though.
Tebow found the most success of his career during the 2011 season, racking up 1,729 yards and 12 touchdowns passing and 660 yards and six touchdowns rushing before ultimately leading the Broncos to the playoffs and a first-round win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Instead of giving Tebow a chance to build off the success, Denver signed veteran free agent Peyton Manning during the offseason and traded Tebow to the New York Jets.
During his one season in New York, Tebow threw just eight passes and ran 32 times for 102 yards. After being released by the Jets, the New England Patriots signed the former first-round pick and added him to their preseason roster before the 2013 season, but ultimately cut him following a lackluster performance.
Without a contract in the NFL, Tebow took a job with ESPN late in 2013 and is now a co-host for the SEC Network. He has already started exploring other ways to stay employed and is staying in the spotlight, but his intense workouts in Arizona indicate the hope is still there for a return to the NFL.
No one ever questioned his strength or conditioning but rather his mechanics as a passer. With Tebow continuing to work on improving his ability to throw the ball consistently and claiming he has seen improvements, there could be a team interested in seeing him up close during training camp.
With the right attitude and the willingness to work at getting better, Tebow has managed to keep the door open for a NFL return if a team comes knocking. Whether the call ever comes or not, he will be ready physically and mentally.
*Stats via NFL.com.