It May Be Time for Tim Tebow to Retire

Tim Tebow has to be one of the most beloved yet controversial figures in the sports world today. Since his time at the University of Florida, people either love him or hate him.

That didn’t change much when he entered the NFL. Tebow has played for several NFL teams, including the Denver Broncos, New York Jets, and his latest team, the Jacksonville Jaguars. But his stint with the Jags may be short-lived as some reports speculate he may not make the team.

It’s time for Tim Tebow to retire

Tim Tebow and Urban Meyer at the National Championship game in 2016.
Urban Meyer talks with Tim Tebow at the 2016 National Championship Game | Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

It is hard for any player to make an NFL roster, but it’s especially hard for someone like Tebow. The 33-year old is not only facing starting a new position at tight end but Father Time, as well.

While most players his age are winding down their careers, he’s been trying to restart his since he left the NFL a few years ago. 

Tebow has tried broadcasting and playing minor league baseball for the New York Mets organization. He also has a successful ministry called the Tim Tebow Foundation.

Maybe Tebow, who has experienced one of the most successful college football careers of all time, is scared to call it quits. Despite his popularity and accolades, he may see himself as a failure because he didn’t have a long career in either football or baseball.   

Controversy with the Jaguars

Tebow raised eyebrows when he joined his ex-Florida head coach Urban Meyer as a tight end for the Jaguars. One reason it surprised many people is that, unlike other players, Tebow didn’t have to try out for Meyer. He was basically told to become a tight end and he’d receive a shot.

A lot of people, particularly those within the African-American community, were outraged. Tebow got another shot at the NFL and Colin Kaepernick didn’t. The long-time social activist and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback hasn’t played in the NFL since 2016.

Many believe the NFL has blackballed Kaepernick because of his activism. Meanwhile, Tebow is getting a third shot at the NFL.

Is time running out for Tebow?

Reports state that Tebow is struggling in training camp. A lot of people, including Meyer, are open to the possibility that he might be done. Meyer told USA Today:

“The tough part is 53 and that’s new to me,” Meyer said. “That’s the reality of the NFL, that you have 90 players. So to me, he’s one of 90. He’s a guy that’s, you know, what’s the difference between him and the other 40 guys trying to make the team? 

“To me, it’s all the same. This is their livelihood, this is a job, this is a way to make a living. And the reality is that a good percentage of your roster’s gonna get cut or transition out of here, which, to me, that’s completely new. In college, you’ve got your 85, 95 guys and you fit them in and you put the puzzle together. It’s much different here.”

It sounds like Tebow is on his way out, and Meyer may be the only person he listens to who can tell him it’s over.

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