One of the most polarizing athletic figures in the history of sports has been released by the New England Patriots. The player at hand is none other than Quarterback Tim Tebow. He signed with the Patriots in June, but did not make the 53-man roster heading into the start of that season. He cleared waivers on Sunday, thus making him a free agent. The question is whether or not another team will take a chance on him or if he will have to continue his football career elsewhere.
This preseason, Tebow struggled for the Patriots. He completed 11 of 30 passed for 145 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He rushed 16 times for 91 yards. Conversely, he was sacked seven times, including four times in the preseason finale. It is possible the door could be open for Tebow to return to the Patriots. Time will surely tell and a guy that wears a hoodie.
Tebow has often been criticized by many around the NFL for his inability to throw the football with accuracy on a consistent basis. Some people think he should be put at another position such as tight end or full back, while others don’t think there is room for him in the NFL. After all, he is the most talked about back-up player in the history of football.
His time with the New York Jets was a nightmare for all involved. Tebow was never given a chance to be the starting quarterback and signing seemed like a way to garner attention towards the team. It was a media circus and thus Tebow was ushered out of the Big Apple. He has enjoyed some success in the NFL. In 2011 he helped lead the Denver Broncos to a wild-card win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. When Tebow was named the starter, the Broncos were 1-4 at the time. After he took over the starting quarterback duties, the team went 7-4 to finish 8-8 and went on to win the AFC West, yet people still criticized Tebow for not always being a typical quarterback despite his winning ways.
Tebow also helped lead the Broncos to the best rushing attack in the NFL. Tebow and the Broncos hosted the Steelers in the wild-card round. Tebow threw for 316 yards including the game-winning 80-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas. Oh, the Steelers had the number one ranked pass defense in the league, yet people still doubted whether or not Tebow could be a starting NFL quarterback.
His stats aren’t eye popping by any stretch of the imagination as he has completed 47.9% of his passes for 2,422 yards, 17 touchdowns, with nine interceptions. He has also rushed for 989 yards and 12 touchdowns. No matter how ugly it may be for three quarters, Tebow finds his way in the fourth quarter. Will that be enough to keep Tebow in the league or is Tim Tebow’s NFL tenure over?