While Tim Tebow isn't drawing a lot of -- or any -- attention from NFL (or even CFL) teams as a free-agent quarterback, he's certainly getting more than his fair share of attention from the media outlets that cover the NFL (and CFL).
And so you have to start wondering if the world's most famous backup quarterback might eventually be forced to resort to a backup career plan by joining the media world. Such a move would make a lot of sense when you consider that Tebow has become the megastar he is today thanks mainly to that industry.
With the list of potential Tebow landing spots seemingly shrinking by the day as more teams publicly declare their lack of interest in the 25-year-old, Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News wonders if Fox Sports might make a play for an unemployed Tebow before it launches Fox Sports One this summer:
"There is no bigger name on the current Fox Sports roster, no bigger new name it could bring to FS1, than Tim Tebow. Fox’s college football studio show now consists of Erin Andrews, Eddie George and Joey Harrington. Throw Tebow into the mix and the buzz becomes huge, the sizzle electric. Tebow’s loyal flock of eyeballs would follow him, significantly increasing the ratings of a show rarely discussed."
Of course, Raissman notes that ESPN would be a player in those sweepstakes, too. And when you consider how much time and attention the Worldwide Leader gives to Tebow on a daily basis, it's hard to envision them getting outbid for Tebow's services.
Tebow would definitely boost ratings, at least in the short term, and he'd definitely be better off as a college football analyst than an NFL analyst. The question, now, is whether he'll take that route if nobody bites between now and, say, August.
Tebow might have larger aspirations as a speaker, a philanthropist and a community builder, but he has to realize that his value in those other areas will decrease substantially if he doesn't maintain his relevance in the national sports spectrum. With his pro football career hitting a wall, television might be his best option in that regard.
First off, this was a retarded article trying to piggyback on tebow's popularity to get views, dont deny it (unfortunately I fell for it). However I find the prospect of tebow helping contribute to the same sports media that ultimately caused his demise in the NFL a bit funny. If he goes to one of these networks he will become part of a vicious cycle of over analysis that is turning professional sports into a fucked up version of stupid reality programs like jersey shore. Why don't you write about things that are ACTUALLY relevant, and stop shitting on this dude's career. But hey, I guess reporters know best about what Tebow should do, after all they spend more time analyzing tebow than tebow does..... time to grow up and write about things with actual content sonny
@dlaxn1 The media caused his demise? Wow. The rest of your post is rendered invalid from that one statement alone. Sonny.
@BeardedInMD That statement has more validity than you realize. I never said Tebow can be an starting QB if thats what you think im staying. Teams with unestablished quarterbacks can't even consider him as a backup because if the starter is underperforming there will be pressure from the media and these crazed fans to put tebow in... look at sanchez and the jets (not saying sanchez should be starting in the NFL either). If you think that Tebow is still a free agent right now solely because of his deficits as a player you are misinformed, coaches around the league have acknowledged his ability as an athlete and a football player. They just wont "take a chance" on Tebow because of the media attention he attracts. So yes, in my opinion the media has played a big part in his demise. It's impossible for the guy to be low key right now, thats the last thing a team wants out of their backup QB
@dlaxn1 It wasn't even our idea, bro. We're reacting to something proposed by Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News.
@Brad_Gagnon @dlaxn1 Exactly my point, you're reacting to hearsay and not real life events. This is exactly why no team wants Timmy Touchdown, every move (or potential move) that he makes is followed by a whirlwind of hype and attention that is just unnecessary. I used to respect sports journalism because the writers provided insight into what is going on with the players and the franchises in regards to the sport. But every time this guy takes a shit a million people write about it. Why don't you guys focus on what is HAPPENING vs what MIGHT HAPPEN. A celebrated public speaker fizzling in the NFL and possibly taking a position as a football analyst is NOT news. Every article about Tebow since the Jets released him is pure speculation, let the kid make a move then tell me about it.
I think he should sign a contract with SNY, who would then have him do Westchester County modified football highlights at 3:00 A.M.
this is like sports' version of paula abdul doing american idol.
at this rate, just give "good job, good effort" kid a mic.
I don't know that it's entirely fair to say he's a star mainly due to the media. He did, after all, win the Heisman Trophy.
@Pastor Bear So did Mark Ingram, Troy Smith and Jason White.
@Brad_Gagnon And they were quite famous for a while. I'm not saying that Tebow has not gotten an inordinate amount of media attention--he clearly has. I'm just saying he's not entirely a creation of the media. He'd have had some fame anyway, just not nearly as much.