The idea of Tim Tebow competing in the NFL at the professional level after roughly nine years out of the NFL was always a long shot. However, after a single pre-season game between the Jaguars and the Cleveland Browns, one thing was clear: Tim Tebow’s moment in the sun passed a very long time ago.
Tebow is a likable guy. He seems to be able to pull off miracles when no one else can. In 2012, he made an astonishing 80-yard pass to Demaryius Thomas that made every highlight reel light up. Even outside of the realm of football he was able to pull off unthinkable feats of athletic excellence: his first-ever at-bat with the New York Mets saw him sky a home-run out of the park.
However, in 2021, a 34-year-old Tim Tebow is far from the football player he was in the late aughts and early teens. Across 16 snaps, the aspiring tight end was unable to impress Jaguars coach Urban Meyer, a coach who has worked with Tebow since his days playing college football.
No last-minute heroics or miracle game in to save Tebow’s reputation this time. After a career marked by gasp-worthy feats of improbability, Tebow’s game against the Browns was an exercise in predictability. Of course, the player who had been out of the league since 2012 wouldn’t be able to hold his own against a professional NFL team.
Tebow’s performance as a tight end during the game left many fans perplexed. Certainly, the slot he was occupying would have been better taken by a younger, up-and-coming athlete, right? What has Tebow done to merit a comeback attempt in the NFL after staying out of the league for nearly a decade?
Tebow, true to form, was pretty mellow about the whole affair. “Thankful for the highs and even the lows, the opportunities, and the setbacks,” the athlete said on Twitter. “I’ve never wanted to make decisions out of fear of failure and I’m grateful for the chance to have pursued a dream…”
Tebow is well-known for putting his worldview as a Christian at the forefront of his public appearances. This has earned him considerable love and respect from fans that share his faith, and, much to his credit, Tebow’s public appearances are typically very reserved and respectful. As such, it’s hard to find fault with Tebow for his disastrous comeback attempt; he’s a downright likable guy.
In any event, whether Tebow is the nicest person on earth or a downright jerk, Urban Meyer’s decision to sign him to the Jaguars smacks of a coach playing favorites. It’s no secret that Meyer is a huge fan of Tebow, having coached him during his college days. Some Jags fans have taken to Twitter to express their frustration with the situation.
The end result of this experiment is a resounding message to up-and-comers at the high school and college levels. Talent might get you far, but knowing the right person will get you absolutely anywhere.