Sportsdesk | May 1, 2013
Tim Tebow was waived by the Jets after an unsuccessful one-season experiment in New York that produced more hype and headlines than production on the field. “Unfortunately,” coach Rex Ryan said, “things did not work out the way we all had hoped.”
Fall from grace
That is quite a fall for a player who came to New York in March 2012 in a trail of hype. There were billboards outside the Lincoln Tunnel in New Jersey welcoming Tebow, and sandwiches named after him at Manhattan delis. He also had a legion of fans who followed him because of his strong Christian beliefs, and in New York, he would be able to take advantage of countless media and marketing opportunities.
Stats tell a story
“I think it’s fair to say,” Tebow said at the end of last season, “that I’m a little disappointed.” A year after he threw a touchdown pass to win a play-off game in overtime for Denver Broncos, the Heisman Trophy winner with two championships at Florida attempted just eight passes for 39 yards and rushed 32 times for 102 yards – and had no touchdowns.
It also left Tebow’s football future very much in doubt. “I don’t see any team giving him a chance, because teams don’t want to deal with the following that comes with Tebow,” added ESPN analyst and former NFL offensive lineman Damien Woody. “Maybe Canada [the Canadian Football League].”
No NFL team has made a pitch to get him. The only nibble so far came from the Montreal Alouettes. They hold his rights in the Canadian Football League and said he could come compete for a job – as a back-up.