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Tim Tebow Comments on Retirement, Potential Career in Coaching and Politics

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIJuly 28, 2016

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 31:  Broadcaster Tim Tebow of the SEC Network speaks on air before the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Tim Tebow prefers to keep his options open as a free agent rather than retire from football, but he is interested in coaching and politics if such opportunities present themselves. Β 

Tebow spoke to the Associated Press' Ralph D. Russo about his future in a report that ran Wednesday. He laughed and didn't directly answer a question about whether he considered himself a retired football player.

"I think I consider myself someone that is so blessed to do what I love to do and to be around the game of college football and to be able to be part of something that was so much a part of my life since I was a little boy," Tebow said. "But also I've got a lot of different things going on right now."

Among the multiple things Tebow is juggling are a role as a college football analyst for ESPN and its SEC Network and his work for the Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team.

The latter initiative recognizes and distinguishes college football players who engage in community service, something Tebow has been perpetually involved in.

Given the leadership intangibles and competitive fire Tebow showed as a Heisman Trophy winner and national champion, coaching seems like a natural fit. Tebow acknowledged he's thought about it.

"I love what coaching is," Tebow said, per Russo. "I love the fact that coaching is teaching and it's helping and it's mentoring and it's loving and it's being a father figure. That is something that has always intrigued me."

As for the political realm, it's not necessarily a priority for Tebow, 28, yet he has thought about the influence he could have:

My goal has always been able to make the biggest impact that I possibly could in people's lives. If I thought this is the right avenue, this would work, then I would be totally up for going down that path. Do I feel like that's right now? No, not necessarily. Could it happen in the future? Yeah, I definitely wouldn't [write] that off.

Tebow has refused to play any position other than quarterback and has declined offers to play professional football in any other league besides the NFL. The last time he appeared in a regular-season game was for the New York Jets in 2012.

Despite the flaws Tebow had as a QB, notably the ability to deliver the ball with accuracy, he had flashes of brilliance that almost defied explanation.

The 2010 first-round draft pick of the Denver Broncos lifted the team to an AFC West title in 2011, throwing for 1,729 yards with 12 touchdowns and six interceptions and running for 660 yards and six scores. He threw for 316 yards in a postseason win over the Pittsburgh Steelers as well.

No NFL teams have given Tebow an opportunity since the Philadelphia Eagles released him following a stint that lasted until the end of the 2015 preseason.

Tebow evidently has numerous other platforms to explore if a return to the NFL gridiron isn't in the cards, be it as a QB or at another position.

Notable among his upcoming life events is a new book, Shaken. Per Russo, it chronicles the struggles Tebow has faced in recent years and will be available in "about a month."

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