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Tim Tebow Says Politics Would Be 'Intriguing'

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 06:  NFL player Tim Tebow attends DirecTV Super Saturday Night Co-hosted by Mark Cuban's AXS TV at Pier 70 on February 6, 2016 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for DirecTV)
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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistMarch 29, 2016

Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow left open the possibility of a political career in his future during an interview with Fox News at a charity golf tournament.

"I don't know in this time in my life," Tebow said in the interview when asked about pursuing politics, per TMZ Sports, before adding, "If there's a chance you can make a difference someday in something...then that would be intriguing."

Tebow, 28, last played for the Philadelphia Eagles during training camp before the 2015 season, but he didn't make the team. He last played in an NFL game in 2012 with the New York Jets, though he finished that season just 6-of-8 for 39 passing yards while also rushing 32 times for 102 yards.

Tebow was the 25th overall pick of the Denver Broncos in the 2010 NFL draft, and he led the Broncos to the playoffs in his second season. Denver signed Peyton Manning before the 2012 season, and Tebow was traded to the Jets, where he never made an impact.

While Tebow has continued to pursue a career as an NFL quarterback, the fact that he couldn't make an Eagles team that at the time was running Chip Kelly's uptempo, read-option offense—seemingly an ideal fit for Tebow's skill set—suggests his NFL career at the position is over. He has remained active in the sports world, however, working as a college football analyst for ESPN.

Now, he's left open the possibility for a political career in his future as well.

Despite not appearing in an NFL game in three years, his popularity remains high, at least with people who watched him play at Florida and in the NFL. A number of former athletes, such as Bill Bradley, Jesse Ventura and Kevin Johnson, transitioned from athletics to successful political careers.

A political career for Tebow isn't outside the realm of possibility.

 

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