In an Associated Press article profiling his new venture as an analyst for the SEC Network, Tebow mentioned that his agent has received a few calls from “interested” NFL teams.
He did not specify which teams, however, and didn’t exactly seem like he expects to put the pads on anytime soon.
“I love doing this,” Tebow told the AP, referring to his job at the ESPN-owned network, which debuts Aug. 14. “I want to do this for a long time. I love talking football and I love being around it.
“I don’t like to talk hypotheticals,” he added. “I deal with the real life situations. I treat every day as a blessing. And it’s a blessing to be here doing what I’m doing.”
Though the former Heisman Trophy winner hasn’t taken an NFL snap since 2012 and flamed out with the New England Patriots last preseason, he apparently still has a few fans in the coaching ranks.
“I’m a big fan of his and he knows it. He has always given me fits when I’ve had to coach against him,” Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera told the AP. “He’s a playmaker and he plays a different kind of football. All the guy has ever done is win. … He’s one of those guys if you were struggling at quarterback, hey, why wouldn’t you give him a shot?”
Of course, this comes from a guy who has had every opportunity to “give Tebow a shot” over the past year but chosen not to.