Tim Tebow is returning to the football field—in a suit and tie instead of a jersey and cleats. SEC Network announced Wednesday that Tebow will resume his role as an analyst on SEC Nation beginning this week for Saturday's game in Nashville, Tennessee, between Georgia and Vanderbilt.
"Tim quickly developed into an excellent analyst last year, and we were not shy about acknowledging his home at ESPN should he be available to return," ESPN Executive Vice President John Wildhack said in a statement.
The Philadelphia Eagles released Tebow, 28, last week. He was attempting to make the roster as a third quarterback and was let go as part of the 53-man roster cuts. The Eagles instead gave the third signal-caller nod to former Miami Hurricanes quarterback Stephen Morris.
ESPN initially hired Tebow in December 2013 to bolster its SEC coverage. Tebow joined SEC Nation, a College GameDay-like program that specifically focuses on SEC schools, last year for its inaugural season. He will join Joe Tessitore, Marcus Spears, Paul Finebaum, Kaylee Hartung and former on-field rival Greg McElroy for the 2015 iteration of the program.
As for what this means for his football career, the answer is likely nothing. Tebow will still be available to return to football if another NFL team gives him a shot. ESPN has been more than accommodating thus far, and there is little reason to believe that will change in the future.
Matt Yoder of AwfulAnnouncing.com provided context as to why Tebow is such a great fit in an analyst role:
It’s easy to forget with all that was TebowMania that we’re still talking about a guy who was one of the great college football players of all-time. And if you remove the media obsession around him, he’s still a very affable personality that should resonate with college football fans moving forward, especially in the SEC. ESPN should be very happy that Tebow decided to come back after what might be one last hurrah in the NFL.
Tebow's presence alone has brought attention to the SEC Network it wouldn't otherwise have, and it's mutually beneficial to keep the relationship as open as possible.
The odds of another NFL team calling, however, remain low after Tebow's less-than-stellar jaunt in Philadelphia.
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