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SEC Network analyst Tim Tebow to sign with NFL’s Eagles

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In honor of CFT’s all-time comments record being shattered, and because it’s one of those offseason slooowww Sunday news cycle, I’ll just go ahead and offer up an update on the playing career of the subject of the previous record-holder.

FOXSportsJay Glazier and ESPN‘s Adam Schefter are both reporting Sunday evening that Tim Tebow has essentially finalized a contract that will make him a member of the Philadelphia Eagles — coached by former Oregon head coach Chip Kelly, if you’ve forgotten.  Tebow had worked out for the NFL organization last month, but most observers of that league felt that there was a slim-to-none chance he’d be signed by the version of Kelly who wears the personnel-boss cap.

As has ofttimes been the case at this level and at the collegiate one, though, most underestimate Chip and how capable he truly is of not giving a spit or a duck (get it?) about your conventional wisdom.

Aside from Tebow winning a Heisman Trophy (2007) and helping to lead the Florida Gators to a pair of national championships (2006, 2008), how this relates to college football is that he is currently an analyst on the ESPN-owned SEC Network.  Tebow was hired for that role in December of 2013 and, to be honest, he’s actually good at it.  Surprisingly good, from my vantage point.

Tebow hasn’t played at any level since an “interesting” season with the New York Jets in 2012, so he certainly faces a difficult row to hoe just to grab a roster spot.  One thing is certain: there won’t be anyone on that roster who outworks him.

Speaking of which, joining Tebow on the Eagles’ quarterback depth chart (at the moment) is a veritable who’s who of recently successful college players: Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford, the 2008 Heisman winner who was the No. 1-overall pick of the 2010 NFL draft; USC’s Matt Barkley, a four-year starter who holds most of the school’s all-time passing records; and USC’s Mark Sanchez, who left the Trojans early for the 2009 NFL draft after one season as the Rose Bowl-winning starter, opening the door for Barkley to emerge as the starter as a true freshman.  Not only that, there remains the possibility that Kelly could decide to trade up and nab 2014 Heisman winner Marcus Mariota, who Kelly recruited to Oregon and served as his head coach during the All-American’s first season as the Ducks’ starter in 2012.

As an aside, it’s at this point in the program where I remind readers that I really miss Kelly at the collegiate level…

What to watch? The Army All-American Bowl on NBC, that’s what

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We’ve witnessed the college stars of today put their best postseason foot forward over the last couple of weeks. Saturday afternoon, some of the brightest future stars of the sport will do the same.

At one p.m. ET on your local NBC affiliate, top high school prospects from all over the country will gather in San Antonio’s Alamodome for the 15th annual US Army All-American Bowl. The game, again broadcast on NBC, features 90 of the of the highest-ranked recruits, who are then split into East and West squads.

As for the quality of players in this game? There are more than 200 former US Army All-Americans who are currently on NFL rosters. Some of the former Army game participants include Ndamukong Suh, Adrian Peterson, Vince Young, Andrew Luck (pictured), Reggie Bush, Sheldon Richardson, Mark Sanchez and Percy Harvin among many, many others.

While the play on the field is worth watching, it’s the on-camera verbal commitments that some of the players will make that garners most of the attention. In that vein, we’ll have a running wrap-up of those commitments, including videos of some of the more high-profile verbals.

So, if the Birmingham Bowl’s not your thing, stop in to CFT and tune into NBC to see the future stars in action. And if you’re not around a television and want to watch the game? Click HERE for NBCSports.com‘s live stream of the action.

(Photo credit: US Army All-American Bowl)