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ESPN hires Tim Tebow as SEC Network analyst

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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.

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49 Responses to “ESPN hires Tim Tebow as SEC Network analyst”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 30, 2013 4:40 PM

    He can sit next to Desmond and Andre and they can be the All-Heisman broadcast team.

  2. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 30, 2013 4:43 PM

    I hear they are trying to recreate GameDay with Paul Finebaum playing the Lee Corso role and Tebow playing the Herbstreit role…..

    Can we just leave Finebaum’s head in the mascot hat the whole time though…. that guy drives me crazy…

  3. imaduffer says: Dec 30, 2013 4:48 PM

    Another reason NOT to watch pre-game shows.

  4. lrical says: Dec 30, 2013 4:48 PM

    Works for me. Could be the next madden and I’m talking as a commentator

  5. tigersfandan says: Dec 30, 2013 4:52 PM

    Merril Hoge is going to freak out.

  6. gatorfan1 says: Dec 30, 2013 4:58 PM

    Hopefully he goes “Old Testament” on Hoge and beats the piss out of him!!

  7. jerrahsucks says: Dec 30, 2013 4:58 PM

    I hope Tebow kicks that idiot Hoge ass

  8. madtownthrowdown says: Dec 30, 2013 5:21 PM

    Great I can already see him repeatedly saying- I just want to thank god over and over before everything he says. They should just make him a sideline reporter like the rest of the female’s at espn.

  9. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 30, 2013 5:24 PM

    You think he’ll Tebow after every good comment he makes?

  10. normtide says: Dec 30, 2013 5:37 PM

    Awesome. Not a Tebow fan per se, but he brings a lot to the table.

    The thing I can’t stand is people who complain about the actions and demeanor of today’s athlete, then rip on this guy. Is he an all pro NFL QB? Nope. Buy, he is a great kid. Don’t like his religion, don’t pray to his God. I for one would lie to more young men like him in today’s society. Don’t rip him, then tall about today’s athlete not being role models.

  11. tgaustin says: Dec 30, 2013 5:47 PM

    Gary D. and Vern L. just did a chest bump for their hero!

  12. madtownthrowdown says: Dec 30, 2013 5:55 PM

    normtide- you make a good point. Sure hope my son’s don’t grow up like me envying some of these players. Need more Brett Favre’s around 1996 and Tebow’s in this football world. Not so much Brett Favre NY Jets Weinergate.

  13. overratedgators says: Dec 30, 2013 5:58 PM

    “Tebow’s role with ESPN will not preclude him from continuing to pursue playing opportunities in the NFL.”

    No, that will be solely precluded by his his utter of talent or skill at anything other than righteous self promotion.

  14. totallysirius says: Dec 30, 2013 5:59 PM

    “Tebow’s role with ESPN will not preclude him from continuing to pursue playing opportunities in the NFL.”

    Um what opportunities in the NFL?

    Maybe we can see him put a smackdown on that idiot, Herbstreit.

  15. meatcarroll says: Dec 30, 2013 6:13 PM

    Tim Tebow was an idiot with a Forrest Gump-level IQ who nobody believed in other than jort wearing UF fans. The dude was literally a homeschooled fundie who’s legitimately dumber than JaMarcus Russell. He’s honestly f***ing terrible, and not even in a mildly entertaining way. If the Christian Right didn’t run this country, he wouldn’t ever have had a job playing football. Seriously, his SAT scores would have probably kept him out of a junior college.

    http://i.imgur.com/FWVYXPy.jpg never forget!

    lmfao glape and totally kwone

  16. meatcarroll says: Dec 30, 2013 6:13 PM

    Tim Tebow was an idiot with a Forrest Gump-level IQ who nobody believed in other than jort wearing UF fans. The dude was literally a homeschooled fundie who’s legitimately dumber than JaMarcus Russell. He’s honestly f***ing terrible, and not even in a mildly entertaining way. If the Christian Right didn’t run this country, he wouldn’t ever have had a job playing football. Seriously, his SAT scores would have probably kept him out of a junior college.

    http://i.imgur.com/FWVYXPy.jpg never forget!

    lmfao glape and totally kwone

  17. jagtiger says: Dec 30, 2013 6:27 PM

    That’s terrible. He can’t speak and appears to be on the “slow” side mentally. What is ESPN thinking?

  18. bcsh8er says: Dec 30, 2013 6:35 PM

    Eh, Who cares?

  19. onbucky96 says: Dec 30, 2013 6:40 PM

    Tim in front of a microphone is BAD television. Now put him on the 700 Club, and you’ve got something. Still, if we have to listen to his FAITH on ESPN, I will turn the channel.

  20. carryingconcealed says: Dec 30, 2013 7:38 PM

    Go, Tebow! Regardless of what you accomplish in the announcer’s booth, you’ve wildly succeeded in bringing out the petty hate and envy in the underachieving mopes on this website who apparently have nothing better to do than to hate on someone who can genuinely be described as a “good guy.” Apparently it’s your religious convictions that bothers most of them, which is interesting as I didn’t realize our country had come to hate the idea that a God may exist. I don’t personally believe it myself but I certainly support your right to be as vocal about it as you choose.

    Hey, it could be worse…you could be proselytizing about something that’s actually disturbing like homosexuality, right?

    Go get ‘em!

  21. scubagolfjim says: Dec 30, 2013 10:19 PM

    8to80texansblog says:
    You think he’ll Tebow after every good comment he makes?

    Well, at least we won’t have to see that crap again.

    And I can see that carryingconcealed is just as ignorant and bigoted here as on Newsvine, eh? Just because you’re still having those homosexual dreams you claim you can’t seem to understand, it still disturbs you? Sad.

    Here’s a little tip for many of you. The main reason for the dislike of Teboohoohoo is the way that sports media shoved him into everyone’s faces on every damn NCAA football game and many NFL games while he was at UF. Hint: he wasn’t that good. Not enough to be mentioned in games that he was not involved in. If he didn’t have some really good receivers at Florida, you’d hardly have heard his name outside of a UF game. The Yankees have the largest number of fans in baseball. But they also have the largest number of “haters” in baseball. And that number is much larger than the first.

    And when you start putting buybull verses on your eye black, expect pushback. That is not the appropriate place to promote your imaginary sky-santa. And the networks (You reading this CBS?) should not have shown any close-ups of him while he did that either. And no. Not showing the ridiculous rhetoric is not anti-religious. It’s neutrality, even though that’s something most of those christian-types can’t comprehend. Anti-religious would be showing sign saying “what god?” instead of showing Teboohoohoo’s dogma.

  22. normtide says: Dec 30, 2013 10:33 PM

    I totally agree madtown. I’m not saying he was ever NFL superstar material, but totally agree about my children being able to look up to him.

    To the poster complaining about bible verses. You seem like the bigot to me. You exhibit blind hate. If you hate religion, just avoid it. I suppose it would be ok if his eye black read ‘eat at Joe’s”? You believe in freedom from religion, not of religion. I get a good laugh from hypocrites like you. So enlightened.

  23. gatorfan1 says: Dec 30, 2013 10:57 PM

    scubagolfjim:

    You advocate neutrality in media while you post an opinion using media. No doubt this irony escapes you!!

    Your stupidity knows no bounds!!!

  24. boomgrounder says: Dec 31, 2013 12:27 AM

    If ESPN asks Timmy Tebow to do a studio interview with Urban Meyer I hope they keep them in separate dressing rooms.

  25. xofootballer says: Dec 31, 2013 12:50 AM

    LOVE all the thumbs down to the Tebow hater posts here lol!
    If these dopes spent as much time hating Islam as they do Christians terrorism would not exist.
    Look at the words they use – ‘fundie’ ‘Christian right’ –
    These idiots are right out of the Obama-loving democrap handbook!
    And they are clearly outclassed and outwitted here – not that this is hard to do.
    Go back to screwing up your Obamacare website – we need you there, that thing has to remain broken or we are all screwed.

  26. boomgrounder says: Dec 31, 2013 2:54 AM

    @xofootballer Are you out on a Holiday Pass or is it just time for you to take your meds?

  27. blackdonnelly says: Dec 31, 2013 5:24 AM

    I’m done harshing on Timmy – it’s exhausting and folks still don’t get why he can’t land a gig in the NFL. Still, he did rather well playing college ball, so I’m sure he has something to bring to the Mothership’s table. And in order to keep The Mouse happy, I’m sure he’ll back off the sermon on the mount nonsense.

    I don’t watch ESPN pre-game anything, and for good reason. Still, hope he does OK.

  28. keltictim says: Dec 31, 2013 7:01 AM

    The pure hate that some people have for this kid just astounds me. One of the reasons we started this country is freedom of religion. You don’t line what he has to say, don’t listen. Pretty simple.

  29. keltictim says: Dec 31, 2013 8:09 AM

    Like not line

  30. eightysixisback says: Dec 31, 2013 9:31 AM

    @scubagolfjim:
    I agree with you, it is totally inappropriate that the networks were constantly putting tebow’s religion in our faces. I like to watch football and don’t want someone else’s religion mixed in with it. There are tons of athletes out there that are religious and don’t feel the need to constantly remind us all of that. Read the comments after this story, anyone who has the nerve to mention that they don’t like hearing about tebow’s religion gets bashed by a bunch of christian’s who understand christianity less than a lot of us who aren’t even christians. How dare we tell people we don’t share their christian beliefs and don’t want them in our faces constantly? We are discriminating against christians, right? Christians have killed more people in the name of their religion than any other religion so spare me the whole you are being persecuted thing. I see two types of christians out there, those who use christianity to try to become better people whom i have no problem at all with and the rest who use it to tell everyone else why they are bad people. The latter aren’t even true christians. Want to speak out against something in the bible? How bout speaking out against people who speak out about others because they don’t share your beliefs? See all the this is a sin and that person is going to hell because it says so in the bible, that my judgemental little friends according to the bible, is in fact a sin. I am not even a christian and apparently understand your religion more than you do. Man is not supposed to judge other men, only god is supposed to do that. Want to tell me i am going to hell for saying this to you? Go right ahead but you are sinning when you do it. Want to say that i must be a liberal or muslim or whatever other BS SOME christians like to spew at others who don’t share their beliefs? Go right ahead but again if you are doing that according to that 2000 year old book that you feel everyone else should live their lives by, you are every bit as bad as i am in the eyes of your god. Man isn’t supposed to judge, period. Its funny how some people feel we all should live according to the bible and will hate you if you don’t but apparently don’t feel that the parts that say hating and judging others is wrong count. i guess only the parts about people you don’t agree with matter huh? Love one another, turn the other cheek, only god is to judge, that stuff doesn’t matter, right?

  31. eightysixisback says: Dec 31, 2013 9:38 AM

    Want to trash me for what i said? might want to read Luke 6:37 before you do

  32. eightysixisback says: Dec 31, 2013 9:49 AM

    also matthew 7:1 – 5, James 4:11 – 12, Romans 2:1 – 3, John 8:7 all talk about judging others.

  33. gatorfan1 says: Dec 31, 2013 10:35 AM

    eightysixisback:

    I agree with you for the most part, but where I disagree is the part about religion. Tebow’s religion wasn’t forced down our throats BUT Tebow himself was!

    But, unfortunately, that’s how our culture works nowadays. That’s how a Snooki, Duck Dynasty and all sorts of other people now become famous. The networks use people for their ratings. AND the more controversial the better.

    I always laugh at people who hate either Kieth Olbermann or Bill O’Reilly. Half of their audience only watched because they hated what they stood for and wanted to hear what they said. So the people who hate them actually keep them on their air by watching them and keep ratings high. Never understood this.

    The same thing exists for Tebow. Half the people who will watch him will be people who can’t stand him, giving ESPN huge ratings. Tebow has done nothing to prove he can be an effective on air sports analyst, but the ratings will be out of sight. If we would ignore these people, they would go away and networks would be forced to put qualified people and programming in it’s place.

    And I’m a fan of Tebow’s and respect him for his life of trying to help people and be a good example.

  34. dhardy8207 says: Dec 31, 2013 11:00 AM

    Wow… I thought this was a “Free” country, a democratic society that has tolerance for all no matter their religious preferences.

    I have nothing against Tebow as a person and I share in some poster’s opinions that while we constantly find ourselves in awe of professional athletes’ behavior and the “I’m above any law” attitude they develope after reaching the next level, some still relentlessly knock a young man who has tried to carry himself in not only a professional but humbling way. Not one of the post spewing derrogatory comments about him mention the fact that his commitment to the mission trips his parents started when he was a child and he has continued to promote on a national level. Not one has given him credit for trying to deflect all the attention off of him personally and back on to his team mates. Every team he has played for has had his peers on the professional level talk about what a team person he is and a genuine good guy.

    If you have a problem with religion then thats a personal issue. He’s not “shoving” anything down your throat as he is not forcing you to watch. I personally am a religious person but have worked under a boss who was not. We had no problem having tolerence for each other’s difference in views. Its called MATURITY and TOLERENCE!.. Its called honoring the constitution that each person have the right to practice the religion of their choice or be one of non faith.

    Until we learn to be tolerant of our differences there will unfortunately always be blind hate. I for one much rather have someone that stands by their faith and displays a solid moral structure than someone who would slit the person next to them’s throat if it meant some type of personal gain..

  35. wisconsinhillfolk says: Dec 31, 2013 11:09 AM

    Why on earth would you want your child to emulate any professional athlete? You are your child’s role model. Be that! Some of you simply cannot accept the fact that your college football or religious hero is an abject failure at the professional level. As a result you create this false choice between the bad guys in sports and religious zealots. The fact is that the vast majority of professional football players are decent men who have been plagued by the same intellectually limited religious dogma as Tebow. However, your personal fears and the corporate interests responsible for manipulating them compells you to believe Tebow is some paragon of virtue or a sympathetic hero.

    What’s wrong with you?

  36. eightysixisback says: Dec 31, 2013 11:18 AM

    @gatorfan1:
    Very true about viewers watching to hate. I don’t hate tebow or christianity. I agree that he does try to help people and be a good example. like i had said above i have no problem with christians who are trying to be better people. i am bothered by those who use christianity to tell everyone else what they are doing wrong instead of simply trying to live by what they feel is right for them. I guess what bothers me about tebow isn’t him as a person it is all the people who came out of the woodwork who know nothing about football that blamed Tebow’s failure to become an NFL QB on some twisted idea that he was being discriminated against for being a christian. Many of those same people talk about tebow as though he himself is in the bible and bash those of us who just think he isn’t an NFL QB. I do feel that putting bible verses in your eyeblack and always thanking god for helping you win a football game is a little much but i will admit that his heart is probably in the right place and that he definitely doesn’t do that in order to judge others or be negative. He loves his religion, i am okay with that. I guess for me it is more the fanatical tebow fans who aren’t even willing to admit there is a possibility that tebow like 99.9% of us just is not good enough to be a nfl QB, that have caused me to be tired of hearing about tebow not tebow himself. So i guess that i disagree about the idea that his religion wasn’t forced down our throats but i will definitely acknowledge that for the most part it was other people that were forcing it on us not he himself.

  37. eightysixisback says: Dec 31, 2013 11:21 AM

    @gatorfan1: also thanks for your response and i would like to point out to other people that see it is okay to disagree, people don’t have to hate each other just because we feel differently about things.

  38. dhardy8207 says: Dec 31, 2013 11:48 AM

    @wisconsinhillfolk;

    I can somewhat understand your point, but all parents don’t rely on athletes to be role models. However, all children have dreams of being something they consider above what their parents do for a living. It is true that all parents should aspire to be exceptional role models to their children and support their dreams. I for one have a son that played basketball and ran track from the age of elementary through his college years. As a matter of a fact, basketball paid for his college for the most part. I have had a successful career in the medical field (20+ years) but not one of my 2 sons attempted to follow in my footsteps. Their dad has always had solid employment in different aspects of the industrial field and neither of them found that to be the goal of their future employment.

    Most little boys aspire to be great at sports, some develop great skill after years of playing from the elementary level and in doing so they follow professional athletes and their paths through the sport of their choice. Being competetive which is what drives them to be successful and challenges them to be better than those they desire to be like. This is why I believe some post mention the role that professional athletes have when mentoring the younger ones coming up behind them and aspiring to be in their position one day.

  39. gatorfan1 says: Dec 31, 2013 11:51 AM

    eightysixisback:

    Well said! Thank you.

  40. eightysixisback says: Dec 31, 2013 11:57 AM

    @dhardy8207:
    I don’t have a problem with religion, i have a problem with many of the people who practice their religions in a way that is intolerant of anyone who does not share their beliefs. you or anyone else can believe whatever you want but i have just as much right NOT to believe in religion. It seems to me SOME people who are religious freak out if i say something that i find negative about their religion yet feel that they are entitled to tell everyone else what they are doing wrong according to their own religious beliefs. I would say to some christians that you can’t complain about your religion being bashed when somebody disagrees with you then turn around and tell them what is wrong with them because your religion says so. There has to be tolerance on BOTH sides not just on the side of people who don’t believe in christianity.

  41. eightysixisback says: Dec 31, 2013 12:00 PM

    dhardy8207: Also want to say to you that i was not saying that you personally do those things and that if you are religious in order to be a better person i have nothing but respect for that even though i don’t share your beliefs. in my mind what makes someone a good person is how they treat others and i strive to be tolerant of and good to others as long as they do the same for me.

  42. dhardy8207 says: Dec 31, 2013 12:54 PM

    @eightysixisback says;

    I understand and I do agree that Christianity has its extremist just as all religions. What some miss is that because one claims a religious faith particularly Christianity that it doesn’t give them a position to judge others. People are to love and be tolerant of one another and not be offended or hateful if another’s views differ from their own. I grew up in a strict Southern Baptist home and contribute my moral structure to my raising. I’m not perfect and admit to many flaws, However, my father predominantly taught me that while it is okay to stand up for myself and my beliefs it doens’t give me the right to dislike or mistreat someone else because they don’t share my views.

  43. eightysixisback says: Dec 31, 2013 12:59 PM

    dhardy8207:
    very well said, i couldn’t agree more

  44. scubagolfjim says: Dec 31, 2013 1:29 PM

    gatorfan1 says:
    You advocate neutrality in media while you post an opinion using media. No doubt this irony escapes you!! … Your stupidity knows no bounds!!!

    Maybe you should seek the non-existent boundaries in your own statement. Do you not realize the difference between advocating neutrality BY the media, (you know, the people that create the media stories and broadcasts) and using the media providers’ tools created especially for their viewers/readers/visitors to express their opinions about said stories or broadcasts?

    Here, since you’re a “gator” fan, let me simplify it for you: The media that writes stories and broadcasts games for everyone to view should refrain from seemingly supporting a specific religious (or political) belief or allowing an individual to promote a specific religious (or political) belief on that media’s general broadcast or story.

    However, when the media does provide a place for their viewers to express their opinions, it is wholly acceptable to do so. Why? Because that’s what the media wants you to do.

    I know that this is probably above your kindergarten level, but do you now comprehend it? (Please feel free to look up those big words like “comprehend” on dictionary.com.)

    Damn! Is yours the intelligence level we can also expect from Teboohoohoo?

  45. scubagolfjim says: Dec 31, 2013 1:42 PM

    normtide says:
    You believe in freedom from religion, not of religion. I get a good laugh from hypocrites like you. So enlightened.

    Now here’s actual irony, the type that gatorfan1 can’t comprehend. Freedom of religion includes freedom from religion. I get a real good laugh from the real hypocrites like you. So deluded.

  46. gatorfan1 says: Dec 31, 2013 2:24 PM

    scubagolfjim:

    Again, your idiocy knows no bounds.

    The very definition of media shows your ignorance, ” the main means of mass communication (esp. television, radio, newspapers, and the Internet) regarded collectively.”

    With advances in internet anyone can now be part of the media. Please pay special attention to the listing of “internet” in the aforementioned definition.

    Your “opinion” once posted on the blog is read by people all over, hence the word media, short for the word medium, defined as; synonyms: “means, method, way, form, agency, avenue, channel, vehicle, organ, instrument, mechanism” to convey a message to the masses.

    So for you to follow your own guideline, set forth by your OWN definition of neutrality, you would have read the article and not commented one way or the other.

    Geesh, wake up Man!!!

  47. normtide says: Dec 31, 2013 7:49 PM

    Eightysix- you make sine great points, many I agree with. To me, religion is the relationship between my God and myself. No one else need be involved. But, much like guns, religion hasn’t killed anyone. Humans committed those atrocities. Religion is used by them as an excuse. No doesn’t then the twinky defense. I am also a man of science, but I know that millions have suffered and died in the name of science.

    Tebow hasn’t pushed his religion down our throats, the media has. Also, my comments wasn’t concerning his religious beliefs. I think Tim tries to be a good person. In this world, that’s all you can ask for.

    My point is, some bash him just because of his religion. To me, those people embody the things they detest about religion. They are just as bigoted as they claim Christians are. On Dec 31, 2013 11:59 AM, “CollegeFootballTalk” wrote:

    > eightysixisback commented: “dhardy8207: very well said, i couldn’t > agree more”

  48. jjsooner says: Jan 2, 2014 10:54 AM

    Sooooo will they have him descending down on a cloud at the beginning of the broadcast?? ESPN can go Eff themselves with their self-anointed CFB gods that we’re supposed to worship as well. They might want to save a spot for their other mancrush Manziel. He’ll go to the NFL and after a year on IR, he’ll need a job too.

    One NFL failure down and another to go.

  49. powercorrupts2 says: Jan 3, 2014 3:09 AM

    Tim Tebow got more awards in college than can possibly be listed here. At the end of his college career he held 5 NCAA, 14 SEC and 28 U. of Florida statistical records. He was the SEC’s all-time leader in career passing efficiency (170.8), completion percentage (67.1%), passing touchdown to interception ratio (5.5 to 1), rushing yards by a quarterback (2947), rushing touchdowns (any position) (57), and total touchdowns responsible for (145). Among many mentions in the NCAA Division-I record book, Tebow is ranked second in career passing efficiency, third in career yards per attempt (9.33), 8th in career rushing touchdowns, and also owns the record for most consecutive games in which he both threw at least one touchdown pass and scored at least one rushing touchdown (14). He played quarterback on two BCS National Championship winning teams, and scored more touchdowns rushing in the SEC than Hershel Walker did at Georgia. Tim Tebow is a proven winner. It is unfortunate that the NFL has not found a place for him yet. I look forward to seeing him play again. We’ll have to see how he does as a TV commentator. And BTW I graduated from a Big Ten school and have never attended the U. of Florida.

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