Tim Tebow made his ESPN debut Jan. 2 as an analyst during pregame coverage of the college football National Championship game in Pasadena, Calif.
Hired by ESPN in December, Tebow is the first college football analyst to agree to be part of the Southeastern Conference Nation, a traveling network program that will feature a Southeastern Conference college football game every week.
The network will launch Aug. 28, when Texas A&M University plays at South Carolina.
This job is Tebow’s first since he was released by the New England Patriots last August after he failed to meet expectations.
Though his ESPN job description is that of an analyst, there is a clause stating that he is still free to pursue a career as a quarterback in the National Football League.
Tebow released a statement after the television network announced that he would be joining the media network.
“I am so excited that ESPN has given me this incredible opportunity,” Tebow said in his statement.
“While I continue to pursue my dream of playing quarterback in the NFL, this is an amazing opportunity to be part of the unparalleled passion of college football and the SEC,” Tebow continued.
For those who have followed Tebow through his time playing college football and his short career in the NFL, it is no surprise that he still wants to pursue this lifelong dream.
“I love (football),” Tebow said in an interview with ESPN. “When you love something and are passionate about it, you want to go after it.”
Tiffany Kelly, freshman psychology major, said she believes that while the job with ESPN is a good fit for Tebow, he still has the potential to make it in the NFL.
“I don’t know if he can make it 100 percent as a quarterback right now,” Kelly said. “But if he got with the right coach, he could make it.”
That is exactly what Tebow is doing. He now spends a large amount of time training at University of Southern California with Tom House, a well-known quarterback coach.
“Every day I push myself to the limit,” Tebow said.
Regardless of his new job, Tebow has said he is still determined to follow his dream of playing in the NFL.