Tim Tebow Speaks Out After Signing Contract for NFL Return

by Josh Lanier

Tim Tebow is returning to the NFL. Years after his disappointing start as a quarterback in Denver and his time as a minor league baseball prospect, Tebow is rejoining his college coach in Jacksonville. But this time, he’ll be in a new position.

Tebow signed a one-year deal to play with the Jaguars as a tight end. A position he’s never played before. But the 33-year-old said he’s up for the challenge and is ready to compete.

“I want to thank the Jaguars for the opportunity to compete and earn the chance to be part of this team,” Tebow said in a statement. “I know it will be a challenge, but it is a challenge I embrace. I’m dedicated to taking the direction of our coaching staff and learning from my teammates. I appreciate everyone’s support as I embark on this new journey.”

The move reunited Tim Tebow with his former coach at Florida, Urban Meyer. Together, they won two National Championships and Tebow won the Heisman Trophy. Meyer said last week he hopes they can repeat some of that success.

Some fans, analysts, and former players slammed Meyer for considering Tebow at all. Considering he hasn’t played a down in the NFL since Dec. 30, 2012, which was a single offensive snap for the Jets, Sports Illustrated said.

Tim Tebow Has A Lot To Prove In Jacksonville

The NFL has undergone a renaissance at the tight end position. Players like the 49ers’ George Kittle, Travis Kelce in Kansas City, and the Buccaneers’ Rob Gronkowski have helped make the position a potent offensive weapon in a pass-happy system. But it takes years of practice to understand the nuance of the position. Tebow has a few months.

But in fairness to Jacksonville, the team didn’t have many options at the tight end position to begin with. Though, the free-agent market may have provided some more experienced options.

Perhaps Tebow can be a mentor of sorts for No. 1 draft pick Trevor Lawrence. It seems Meyer believes adding him to the roster gives Lawrence moral support and — hopefully — a reliable target.

On At Home With the Robertsons, Tebow said he hoped people would respect his decision to return to the gridiron even if they didn’t like it.

“I was reading a book by Winston Churchill and a time of his life when most of the world didn’t like him. He said, ‘If you have enemies, good. It means you stood for something at least once in your life.’ I think living on your convictions and standing firm is important when you believe in something to stand up for it. And it really changed my perspective from really wanting to be liked to then wanting to be respected because there’s a difference.”

– Tim Tebow