By now, everyone has seen the tweet about Tim Tebow working out as a tight end for the Jacksonville Jaguars from Ian Rapoport last week. Leading up to the start of the draft on Thursday, it was a viral story that brought with it various reactions on social media.
Well on Saturday during the draft, Rapoport gave an update: Despite the fact that he’ll turn 34 in August, Tebow signing with the Jaguars remains a “real possibility.”
“It was fun, it got a lot of retweets — it’s also real,” Rapoport said Saturday, via 247Sports. “The relationship between Tim Tebow and Urban Meyer is extremely close, sort of like father-son. The connection has been there since college. Him signing in Jacksonville — nothing is done, but it is certainly a real possibility. The position switch that so many wanted might actually happen at 33 or 34.”
Tebow’s career feels like it’s become all about defying the odds.
The last time he played professional football, it was with the Philadelphia Eagles during the preseason back in 2015. Soon after his release, Tebow went on to attempt a professional baseball career with the New York Mets — and did better than most had anticipated.
In February, he decided to hang up his baseball cleats, and is now trying to make an unlikely return to the NFL work. Will he? With Urban Meyer the head coach in Jacksonville, he’ll probably get a shot. But if you’re asking whether I think Tebow makes the 53-man roster, my answer would be no.
We’ll see though.
The former Heisman Trophy winner and first-round pick out of Florida isn’t giving up. I just wish — like many other people — that he would’ve made the position change years ago. Missing out on that will forever be one of the biggest “what-if” stories in all of professional sports.
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