TebowMania is back, baby.
Almost six years removed from his last NFL gig, and with a multi-year stint as a minor-league baseball player in between opportunities, the 33-year-old will reportedly return to the NFL on a one-year deal with the Jaguars, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. And not only is Tebow returning, but he’s doing it at an entirely different position: tight end.
Because of course.
The reported move to the Jaguars will also come with a reunion with college coach turned Jags head coach Urban Meyer, who was Tebow’s head coach when Tebow led the Florida Gators to national titles in 2006 and 2008. Tebow also won the 2007 Heisman Trophy playing for Meyer, one of just three Gator talents (and the last) to win college’s most prestigious award.
As mentioned, Tebow last appeared in an NFL game during the 2015 preseason, as a quarterback for the Eagles. Prior to four-game summer run with the Eagles, Tebow unsuccessfully pushed to make the Patriots out of training camp in 2013. Tebow’s most notable NFL run, of course, came during his 2011 run with the Broncos, which included a 7-4 record as the Broncos’ starter and a postseason run ultimately put to an end by Bill Belichick and the Patriots in the divisional round.
This isn’t the first time that the idea of Tebow completing switching positions to carve out a longer NFL career has come up, either, and Tebow actually touched on why that didn’t happen during an interview half a decade ago.
“For me it’s always about pursuing what’s in your heart, what you love, what you’re passionate about, and I love the game of football but what I really love doing is playing the quarterback position,” Tebow said on The Dan Patrick Show back in 2016. “I’ve had a lot of good opportunities to play another position but that just wasn’t in my heart. It wasn’t something I wanted to do. If I was going to make a change I’d rather make a change to baseball.”
But with baseball now a thing of the past, Tebow is making the change in an attempt to extend his pro playing career.
The Patriots, by the way, will host the Jaguars during the 2021 regular season. Whether or not they’ll have Tebow in tow for that visit to Foxborough, however, remains to be seen.