Tim Tebow is back, sort of. The former Florida quarterback has joined ESPN and will be a college football analyst for the SEC Network. Tebow will appear as a member of a new pregame show–SEC Nation–that premieres on August 28, 2014.
Tebow won’t be restricted to appearing only on SEC Nation. As a member of the ESPN team, Tebow will also appear on the main network itself and also contribute to ESPN Radio and various other college football-related platforms. He won’t have to wait until August 28 as he’ll make his first appearance on January 6 as part of ESPN’s coverage of the national championship.
The former Gators’ star expressed his excitement over the opportunity while mentioning he still has a certain goal he hopes to accomplish again.
“When I was 6 years old, I fell in love with the game of football, and while I continue to pursue my dream of playing quarterback in the NFL, this is an amazing opportunity to be a part of the unparalleled passion of college football and the SEC,” said Tebow.
The biggest question surrounding Tebow as an analyst will be how critical he can be. Always known as a leader during his time as a football player, Tebow also defines the nice guy persona. Whether he can be critical of teams, coaches, and even players remains to be seen. For instance, what does he say if the Gators’ offense struggles as it has in recent years? The guess is a fair analysis, but we’ll need to see it for ourselves to determine if this is a career for Tebow or just a short-term gig.
In case you’re wondering if we’ll ever see Tebow in the NFL again, well, that’s up in the air, but his contract with ESPN allows him to pursue the opportunity if it arises.