The news is out. The Jets have decided to release Tim Tebow. Moreover, it’s entirely possible that he won’t make any team’s roster this year—at least not as quarterback. For a lot of reasons, I think this is really sad.
I know, I know. Tebow is not a prototypical NFL quarterback. He’s not the kind of passer that one would expect in a league like the NFL. I understand all the complaints about his fitness for this position. But just let me say this. Tebow got one shot to be a starting quarterback in this league. In his one shot, he led his team to an improbable winning streak that led them to a playoff win. He did this against all the naysayers, and he did it with less than a full season to work with. In short, in less than one season he equaled the playoff success of the entire career of Tony Romo.
I’m of the belief that he has an intangible that is undervalued in this league. He’s a winner. He figures out how to get it done, and he elevates the performance of his teammates. I wish some team would give him another shot, but I don’t think that’s going to happen at this point. He will likely have to give up the ambition to be quarterback in order to find a team. The scuttlebutt is that if he’s willing to change positions, he may very well end up with the New England Patriots. I guess we’ll see.
I hope he lands somewhere, even if it’s not as quarterback. I don’t want to see him out of the league altogether.