If you've been reading DOL for its six calendar years of publications you're well aware that I'm a huge Tebow guy. His college and my high school career overlapped (2006-09), so I've been defending and loving this man who'd probably rub me the wrong way IRL for almost 15 fucking years. He's my favorite college football player of all time. I was pumped when rumors circulated that the Jaguars were considering signing him and ecstatic when they eventually did.
Of course, I knew it would be an uphill battle given his age, time out of the league, and positional change, but obviously, I wanted to see him pull it off. I literally dreamed about this situation for years.
Unfortunately, the tape doesn't lie. After footage of Tim TEbow blocking like a make a wish kid went viral and Tavon Austin Jamie Taco-ed his only target, I knew the writing was on the wall.
Last night/technically this morning, I watched a clip of Tony Boselli on Colin Cowherd saying that Tebow played zero special teams and how that's basically a death sentence for a bottom 1/4 of the roster guy fighting to make the team. Still, I didn't think I'd fucking wake up at the crack of noon to the news of Tebow's comeback was over.
I'm somewhat surprised it happened this early. I thought Urban would at least give him another game, but with the preseason only being three weeks now, there are simply fewer opportunities. You have to get to 53 players somehow.
This will likely close the professional athlete door for Tim Tebow, but of course he was gracious and thankful for the opportunity.
I just can't help but think what would've happened if he just embraced this change in 2013 with the Patriots. Taysom Hill and even Brad Smith a decade before showed that the Swiss Army Knife QB/utility guy could be worth a roster spot, but with over 3,000 days since his last NFL snap, the move proved too tricky for even the greatest college QB of all time.
Oh well, plenty of time to hosts proms and college football shows. I commend him for trying when the odds were stacked against him; not everybody has the balls to try when failure is probable. I'll always be a Tebow (the football player) guy. His 2011 run is one of my favorite periods of my entire life, and yes, he did play well enough in the 2015 preseason to earn a roster some as a QB somewhere. Arguably the worst part of this entire situation is that Tebow likely won't be in the new Madden now.