Tim Tebow Replacing Max Kellerman to Go Toe-to-Toe With Stephen A. Smith on ‘First Take’

by Jonathan Howard

It’s official. ESPN has found Stephen A. Smith’s next cohost on First Take. Tim Tebow will replace Max Kellerman on the sports-debate show. Over the years, Tebow has slowly climbed the on-air personality ranks at the network. Mainly focusing on SEC Football on the SEC Network, this is a big step for the former Florida Gators quarterback.

While Tim Tebow will be a permanent fixture on the show, he is not the only host being added. He will be featured only on Friday shows. Meanwhile, on Mondays, Michael Irvin will face off with Stephen A. During the rest of the week, there will be a rotating cast of ESPN personalities to debate with Smith. Of course, Molly Qerim will stay on the show as moderator.

There will no doubt be a drastic difference between Smith’s fiery and robust personality versus the usually calm Tebow. Fans have enjoyed Tebow on the SEC Network. His work alongside Laura Rutledge has made a move like this possible. It shows that ESPN is willing to bring those personalities over to the main network. Also, it shows that Tebow’s football career is not on the resurgence that he hoped it would. Tebow did not make the final roster.

Max Kellerman was removed from the show. Allegedly at the behest of Stephen A. Smith himself. Over the years of working together, Kellerman and Smith produced a lot of viral moments. Arguing about the latest in sports news and debate and many times, causing fans to chime in as well. With Smith still on the show, those moments are sure to keep happening.

First Take won’t be new for Tebow. He has appeared on the show in the past, making his first appearance in 2017.

Tim Tebow Released by Jacksonville Jaguars

This is great news for Tim Tebow, as he was recently released from the Jacksonville Jaguars. Despite taking almost a 10-year break from the NFL, Tebow attempted to make the switch to tight end. However, that didn’t pan out. Now, the former BCS Champion is back on television. His work with ESPN on college football has been well-received by viewers.

While attempting his NFL comeback, Tebow did play in a preseason game against the Cleveland Browns. Soon after he hit the field, it was clear he was a bit over his head. He wasn’t blocking well, looked old, and he didn’t look comfortable at all. Always an optimist, Tebow gave his thanks to Jacksonville for the opportunity.

In a tweet, he wrote, “Thankful for the highs and even the lows, the opportunities, and the setbacks…Thank you to the @Jaguars organization and everyone who has supported me in this journey.” He concluded the tweet with a bible verse, Romans 8:28.