ESPN Hires Tebow, Will Allow QB to Pursue NFL Opportunities
On Monday, ESPN announced that it hired former Heisman Trophy Winner and NFL quarterback Tim Tebow to be its lead analyst for the SEC Network's version of the popular College GameDay program. The quarterback reportedly also has a clause in his contract that will allow him to leave the station if an NFL team shows interest in him.
That show, SEC Nation, will be a "traveling pregame show that will originate from a different SEC campus each week. The show will debut before the Texas A&M-South Carolina game in Columbia, S.C., on Aug. 28, 2014." According to ESPN, "Tebow will make his debut as an analyst on Jan. 6 during ESPN's pregame coverage of the Vizio BCS National Championship."
"I am so excited that ESPN has given me this incredible opportunity," Tebow said in a statement. "When I was 6 years old, I fell in love with the game of football, and while I continue to pursue my dream of playing quarterback in the NFL, this is an amazing opportunity to be part of the unparalleled passion of college football and the SEC."
Tebow can still pursue opportunities with the NFL while working for ESPN for he has an "out-clause" that allows him to return to the NFL if a team is interested. Three networks had reportedly been in a bidding war for Tebow, who shares the same agent (Jimmy Sexton) as high-profile college football coaches like Alabama's Nick Saban and Auburn's Gus Malzahn.