With Urban Meyer Taking Over the Jaguars, Could there be a Place for Tim Tebow in the NFL

Florida quarterback Tim Tebow shares a 2008 laugh with coach Urban Meyer. Phil Sandlin, AP

When another former Florida coach went to the NFL and tried to win with his former Gator quarterbacks, it didn’t work.

But Steve Spurrier was trying to replicate the style of offense that worked so well in Gainesville, and the “Fun-n-Gun” wouldn’t work in Washington for Danny Wuerffel and Shane Matthews.

This, however, could be different.

Tim Tebow hasn’t played baseball for 17 months, and back in the summer of 2019 he was batting a buck-63 with the Mets’ Triple-A team in Syracuse. It appeared his baseball fling had topped out the previous year in Double-A, where he hit .273 but with too little power to justify his too many strikeouts.

Last year was a COVID-induced washout that claimed the entire season for minor league baseball. And now Tebow is 33, awaiting spring training with the Mets and what figures to be his make-or-break moment in a baseball career that first took root five years ago. Yes, time flies.

Before that, his football career dead-ended when it became apparent he just didn’t have everything NFL coaches want in a quarterback — most notably, he didn’t have an NFL arm. His dream of building an NFL career was done, and nothing could change that.

Or could it?

Assuming you haven’t already, take a look at Taysom Hill during Sunday’s Saints-Bucs playoff game. Officially listed as a backup quarterback, Hill lines up all over the field as a very important and useful weapon for the Saints. Even at 33, at least for a while, maybe that could be Tim Tebow.

Sure, that’s been true of Tebow for many years, even before you ever heard of Taysom Hill, but it’s especially fun to consider now because Urban Meyer just took over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Tebow’s former college coach, whom he stills holds in the highest esteem, is now an NFL coach in Tebow’s hometown.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Ken Willis

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