Jan 6, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Florida Gators former quarterback Tim Tebow on the field before the 2014 BCS National Championship game between the Auburn Tigers and the Florida State Seminoles at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Ex-Patriot Tim Tebow Still Confident in NFL Career

Tebow Believes in Future

Those who follow football remember last summer when “Tebowmania” came to Foxborough. Tim Tebow left the New York Jets and signed with the New England Patriots, becoming a candidate to backup Tom Brady in the short-term.

At the preseason’s conclusion, he went 11-for-30 passing with a 36.7 competition percentage, 145 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. He didn’t last until the start of the regular season, as Belichick pulled the trigger on Aug. 31, 2013, cutting the former Heisman Trophy winner to complete the Pats’ 53-man roster.

“I will remain in relentless pursuit of continuing my lifelong dream of being an NFL quarterback,” Tebow wrote on Twitter following New England’s decision, per Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston.

Since then, Tebow has declined offers from the CFL and decided to be an analyst in SEC Nation, ESPN’s traveling pre-game college football show expected to launch in August.

He may be eyeing a return to the field, though, if the opportunity arises.

“I’m training every day and feel like I’m the best that I’ve ever been,” Tebow said. “I still love it, love playing, talking about it, and I’m just excited about whatever the future holds. Who knows what could happen? But I’m excited about it, though.”

Tebow just wasn’t a pro-ready thrower, which floored him during his quest to become a professional quarterback. While capable of hurling decent tosses on the run, he couldn’t regularly complete passes by handling pressure in the pocket.

His running abilites also didn’t translate competently to the pros. With the Gators, he could scramble and run up the middle to full effectiveness. In the faster, stronger NFL game, he couldn’t beat linebackers and defensive lineman on a consistent basis.

Maybe a desperate team invites him to training camp hoping to boost fan attention. He definitely wasn’t necessary for the Patriots.

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