In retrospect, this was probably inevitable: ESPN announced on Monday that Tim Tebow has been hired as a studio analyst for the SEC Network. The ex-Florida quarterback and 2007 Heisman Trophy winner will make his ESPN debut on Jan. 6 for the BCS Championship.
Say what you will about ESPN’s over-coverage of Tebow, but this is a pretty good way to draw some eyeballs to their coverage — even if a bunch of those eyes are rolling during Tebow’s airtime.
Tebow will primarily serve as an analyst for SEC Nation, which debuts on Aug. 28, 2014 and will be an SEC-centric College Gameday-type program.
Of course, this line was included in the ESPN release:
Tebow’s role with ESPN will not preclude him from continuing to pursue playing opportunities in the NFL.
“I am so excited that ESPN has given me this incredible opportunity,” Tebow said in a release. “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.”
Maybe Tebow will turn out to be a fine analyst — the chances of that happening would appear greater than him finding another NFL gig.