At times in the past few years, it seemed that ESPN was the Tim Tebow Network, so exhaustively was his brief and polarizing NFL career covered. So it’s probably fitting that the former Heisman Trophy winner is joining forces with the cable sports giant.
Tebow, who played three seasons in the NFL before being cut by the New England Patriots in training camp this year, has been hired by the SEC Network, a joint venture between ESPN and the Southeastern Conference that’s set to launch in August. His primary role will be as an analyst for “SEC Nation,” a weekly pregame show during football season, but he’ll also appear on other ESPN programming.
His first on-air gig as a part of the network will be at the Jan. 6 national championship game between Florida State and Auburn, where he’ll contribute to pregame coverage.
“I am so excited that ESPN has given me this incredible opportunity,” Tebow says in a statement. “When I was 6 years old I fell in love with the game of football, and while I continue to pursue my dream of playing quarterback in the NFL, this is an amazing opportunity to be part of the unparalleled passion of college football and the SEC.”
While Tebow says he still wants to play in the NFL, ESPN notes that it has a multi-year agreement with him, and the launch of the SEC Network coincides with the NFL preseason next year. So something will have to give.