Denver Broncos’ third string quarterback Tim Tebow and the hero of the New Orleans Saints, Drew Brees, will be on NBC’s ‘The Biggest Loser’ this fall [via EW]:

The Oct. 4 episode of NBC’s weight-loss competition series will feature appearances by a handful of NFL players, including New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, and Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson, EW has learned.

Some of the athletes will be seen competing against the contestants in a throwing contest, while others help the pound shedders with their “Last Chance Workout” before that week’s weigh-in.

Ah, nothing like bringing in NFL quarterbacks — who are in all world tip-top shape — to help the insecure, overweight contestants feel good about themselves in a throwing contest. Well, actually, I guess Tebow should help a little there. But, seriously, why is NBC putting these athletes on the show? Larry Brown Sports thinks the answer is simple:

They’re hoping the macho NFLers will help bring in a male audience. You know when Tebow’s involved, an entire fan base will be interested. Smart idea.

Simple enough! I know my wife watches this show sometimes because “it’s inspiring” (although she’s not overweight by any means), but I can’t bare to watch much more than five minutes. I guess if I saw NFL QBs throwing pigskins into the stomachs of corpulent ‘Loser’ contestants (as Tebow yells, ‘hey, your body is a temple; you can’t eat that!’) and consoling the cryers (there’s always uncontrollable crying in these shows), I’d probably stick it out longer.

If you didn’t watch the show before, will you watch now that Tebow, Brees, and Dickerson will be on it?