The Jacksonville Jaguars have released tight end Tim Tebow. Tebow, who was drafted in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft, played quarterback for the Denver Broncos and New York Jets before he found himself out of the league.
Tebow hadn't played in the NFL since 2012 but the Jaguars gave him a chance to earn a roster spot as a tight end. Unfortunately for both sides, the experiment didn't work out. "Thankful for the highs and even the lows, the opportunities, and the setbacks.
I’ve never wanted to make decisions out of fear of failure and I’m grateful for the chance to have pursued a dream. Thank you to the Jaguars organization and everyone who has supported me in this journey," Tebow tweeted.
Tebow eaarned a praise from Trevor Lawrence
Lawrence, who was taken at No. 1 by the Jaguars in this past NFL draft, had nothing but good to say of Tebow. "He looks great," Lawrence said of Tebow on the AP Pro Football Podcast in May.
"He's just a guy that you want to be around. Character is awesome. Had a few conversations with him and I can already tell, and [he's] just a hard worker. No one is going to work harder than him. Those are the kind of guys you want in your locker room and you want to be around every day.
And then I'm excited to see what he can do on the field as well. We got in a few days and he looks great. He's in awesome shape." After Tebow signed with the Jaguars, he and Lawrence had a chat. "I never met Tim until last week, so I didn't really know him, but I was intrigued by his character, his work ethic and what he's been able to do throughout his life on the field and off the field," Lawrence said.
"All those things are really interesting, so I was excited to meet him. When it was official, I saw him in the locker room and had a few good conversations and I really like him." However, some weren't fans of Tebow getting another chance in the NFL.
For example, Tebow wasn't invited to the tight end university organized by San Francisco 49ers' George Kittle. "If I can't invite every tight end, how do I not invite a second- or third-string guy on a team that's been playing tight end since he was 18 years old in high school?" Kittle said.
"Nothing against Tim Tebow. I hope that he has incredible success this year. I hope he has 10 touchdowns. I hope he has a great year, but it's hard for me to invite someone to this that just started playing the position when I can't invite a guy that's been playing it for eight to 10 years. That's just hard for me."