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Former NFL LB Acho: Tim Tebow ‘Complete Unqualified!!’

One-time former NFL linebacker Emmanuel Acho is speaking out about the Jacksonville Jaguars, a team he once played for, and their decision to ink former NFL QB Tim Tebow.

In his first stint in the NFL back in 2012, Tebow played quarterback for the Denver Broncos, who drafted him, and then for the New York Jets. Tebow is now expected to play at tight end.

Tebow hasn’t officially appeared in an NFL game since 2012 following his attempt to make it work with the New England Patriots in 2013 and the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015.

There’s been a LOT of chatter about the Jags signing Tebow, as one would expect, and today former LB Acho has come out and given his take.

Jags coach Urban Meyer, former head coach of Ohio State and Florida, bringing in Tebow, whom he coached at Florida, doesn’t sound like the worst thing that the Jags will do this offseason.

How much of an impact Tebow will have at the tight end spot for the Jags remains to be seen.

Jacksonville already has five tight ends on their roster: Chris Manhertz, James O’Shaughnessy, Luke Farrell, Ben Ellefson and Tyler Davis. Manhertz, who was signed in free agency, is a blocker who has 12 catches in 70 career games.

Future Hall of Fame tackle Joe Thomas spoke out against Acho, stating that he doesn’t see anything wrong with the way the Jags are handling the situation.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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      • Yes, and not only that, but he recently took over for Chris Harrison on the Bachelor. What the hell qualifies you for that? In other words, he’s gotten great opportunities because of his status as a former NFL pro and because of his connections. It’s the same for Tebow.

        And honestly, as a huge Jags fan (and someone who has competed on the same baseball team as Tebow growing up in Jax), watching the atrocious TE play since the inception of the Jaguars, I would not be surprised at all if Tebow not only makes the roster, but gets playing time this year. He’s been a competitive maniac since he was born. I’ll never forget the time he subbed in during of our AAU baseball games (after arriving late due to travel delays); it was the first game of the tournament. In short, we were down a run in the 5th inning, and he was the tying run coming around third base. He full on trucked the catcher and got ejected within about 20 minutes of being in the game. Competitive maniac. It was awesome.

        He has the size, he is a freak athlete, he takes care of himself like Tom Brady, he definitely has the ball skills and catching ability, and he will have the heart to will himself to be a good blocker and will never take a down off. To top it all off, he’s already familiar with Urban and his playbooks, and he will work harder than anyone else on the team, no doubt about it. Not to mention the marketing strategy and the fact Jax is going to be SO pumped for this. At minimum, it’s fair to say this is a reasonable decision for the Jags.

  1. I think signing Tebow is dumb, but I’m sure he’s at least in decent shape from playing baseball the last few years. Also, he’s not looking to get a big contract like Kaepernick was. If Kaepernick really wanted to play someone would have signed him. It’s time to stop pretending Kaepernick is a football player. If you google his name he is categorized as an “American Activist”.

  2. From Gates’ wikipedia entry: “After being told by scouts that he was too much of a “tweener” to make the NBA, Gates (6′4″) arranged a workout in front of NFL scouts. Despite never having played college football, as many as 19 teams were believed to have contacted Gates about a tryout. Gates chose to work out first for the San Diego Chargers. Recognizing his potential, the Chargers immediately signed him to a contract as an undrafted free agent.”

  3. Acho is right. Tebow himself should have the self awareness that he is already rich with a sustainable media career and this only takes away an opportunity from a young up and coming player to compete for a roster spot.

    • You make a good point, but that is not what Acho is saying, at least not from the clip I saw. Acho is whining about Tebow’s connection to Meyer that got him the spot. He also had a bunch of sour grapes for Chip Kelly bringing in a bunch of Oregon guys when he was with the Eagles.

      Really, let’s call this what it is though. A ploy to get more people in and around Jacksonville excited about the Jags and sell tickets and merch.

      • 100% Max. Tebow is still in his 30’s. He turns on a nice guy persona off the field but on the field, he is a competitive beast. Who cares about some young kid. Besides, the young kid has the advantage of youth. He should earn his spot.

    • That is such a bullshit argument. He is NOT taking an opportunity away from someone else. If he’s good enough he deserves it, if not he won’t make the roster. Simple. You’re spouting the lazy mainstream narrative that we heard about him when he signed with the Mets. How many MLB at-bats did he have? How many opportunities did he ‘steal’? FOH with that garbage dude. Fuck outta here.

  4. Acho has created a position for himself. I’m pulling for Tebow to be able to perform. If he can’t keep up and do the job, this should be the end of the road for him.

    All these folks just mad his old coach signing him are just…well…

    Let the man play and celebrate his failure people full of hate.

  5. Why do people care so much, Tebow won Meyer a National Championship at Florida, they know each other well, Meyer is gonna give him a shot at min wage to see if he can contribute…honestly, can’t everyone just chill out.

  6. It’s almost like the team that plays two of their games in London due to lack of fan interest domestically is going to make moves to improve interest. Acho is going the Jemele Hill route here. Every single thing that transpires is being looked at through the lens of race

  7. ACHO “retired” when he was 24. Actually, HE WAS RETIRED BY THE NFL IN TOTO…nobody wanted him. The scouting report said he was not big enough, he couldn’t cover pass routes, and he couldn’t jam up the inside on run plays.
    He STARTED 2 games in 2 years. He played in 20 games in 2 years. It was a thumb injury that finished his “career”. Say whaaaaaa?

    He’s an expert on racism in the NFL, and he’s an expert on Tebow, who happened to be the only SOPH to win the Heisman (2007)…and win 2 national championships at Florida, btw.

    Tebow HASN’T MADE THE TEAM yet. He has to try to make it. He was signed to a 1-yr contract, and there’s 4 other TEs on the Jags also signed to try out for the team.

    Tebow has been nothing but a great teammate, and very appreciative of what he EARNED while at Florida and in the NFL.
    Not for nothing, he was drafted in the First Round of the 2010 draft, Acho, and he took the Broncos to a 29-23 OT playoff win over the Steelers in 2011, before John Elway got down on his knees in 2012 to beg Peyton Manning to “please come to Denver with the snowfall” (Dave Loggins-great song). The Broncos had only won ONE playoff game since their 1998 SUPE win before Tebow brought some excitement back to the Mile High City in 2010.

    So for Acho to even OPEN HIS YAP is something he should be EMBARRASSED about.
    His mommy, Opra, should scold the ill-mannered child!!!

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