Tim Tebow Can Save NFL Career with Switch to Fullback

Josh BenjaminCorrespondent IFebruary 28, 2013

December 9, 2012; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow (15) reacts after a touchdown during the second half of the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. The Jets defeated the Jaguars 17-10. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports
Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

Tim Tebow may not be a good quarterback, but he could see his NFL career prolonged by switching to fullback. That's not exactly a glamorous position, but Tebow has the size and the skill set to make it work.

Look at it this way. Though he has a decent quarterback's build at 6'3", 236 pounds, Tebow has never really been a top option at the position. Sure, he helped lead the Denver Broncos to the playoffs in 2011, but was it really his arm that led the way?

That season, Tebow threw for 1,729 yards and 12 touchdowns, but his rating was a subpar 72.9. His ground game, however, was a different story.

Tebow ran for 660 yards and six touchdowns that same year, and while his passing game definitely played a role in the Broncos' success, it can be argued that he led them to the playoffs more with his legs.

This is why Tebow needs to make the switch to fullback. How many touches he'll get there remains to be seen, but it's clear that he can make more of an impact there than he ever will at quarterback. In fact, he wouldn't be the first runner to leave his mark at fullback.

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Allow me to take you back in time to the early 2000s, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a fullback by the name of Mike Alstott. Rather than a traditional blocker, like most men at the position, Alstott was used more as a power running back to complement teammate Warrick Dunn.

In 11 seasons, all with Tampa Bay, Alstott ran for 5,088 yards and 58 touchdowns, plus 2,284 receiving yards.

Just how well Tebow would do on the receiving end is unclear, but take into consideration that Alstott was 6'1", 248 pounds in his playing days. Tebow is of a similar build and if he can learn fullback quickly, he can quickly make an impact in the NFL and not just be a name.

Moreover, Tebow does not really have a choice but to change positions, be it to fullback or tight end. If he insists on remaining a quarterback, he'll be destined to ride the bench and only come out for the Wildcat, leaving him as just another college QB who couldn't cut it in the pros.

Switch him to fullback, however, and Tebow has a chance to build an entirely new legacy as a power back. It's not as glamorous as quarterback, but it has come to a point where Tebow needs to make an important decision.  

He can either keep on riding out the empty dream of running an offense or do something productive with his career.


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