While Tim Tebow continues to look for another place to play quarterback in the NFL, he will have a day job to keep him busy.
ESPN announced Monday that Tebow was hired as a college football analyst for the new SEC Network, a multiplatform venture to be launched by the conference and ESPN in August 2014.
Tebow, who was in training camp with the Patriots last summer but was cut before the season began, will warm up for his new duties by debuting as an analyst during ESPN’s pregame coverage of the BCS national championship game on Monday, Jan. 6. Tebow also will appear in some “SportsCenter” segments and other college football programming on ESPN.
Tebow, of course, is an SEC guy, having played at Florida from 2006-09, and winning the Heisman Trophy as a sophomore. He won two national championships with the Gators.
“Tim is a SEC icon with a national fan base and broad appeal,” said Justin Connolly, ESPN senior vice president of programming for college networks. “Tim brings a wealth of knowledge about the game, the conference and the passion among SEC fans.”
Tebow’s main role with the SEC Network will be on SEC Nation, a pregame show that will originate from a different campus from week to week, beginning next August.
But the new job doesn’t mean that Tebow, 26, has given up on the NFL.
“I am so excited that ESPN has given me this incredible opportunity,” said Tebow, who has played for the Broncos and Jets. “When I was six 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.”