While Tim Tebow isn't drawing a lot of — or any — attention from NFL (or even CFL) teams as a free-agent quarterback, he's certainly getting more than his fair share of attention from the media outlets that cover the NFL (and CFL).
And so you have to start wondering if the world's most famous backup quarterback might eventually be forced to resort to a backup career plan by joining the media world. Such a move would make a lot of sense when you consider that Tebow has become the megastar he is today thanks mainly to that industry.
With the list of potential Tebow landing spots seemingly shrinking by the day as more teams publicly declare their lack of interest in the 25-year-old, Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News wonders if Fox Sports might make a play for an unemployed Tebow before it launches Fox Sports One this summer:
"There is no bigger name on the current Fox Sports roster, no bigger new name it could bring to FS1, than Tim Tebow. Fox’s college football studio show now consists of Erin Andrews, Eddie George and Joey Harrington. Throw Tebow into the mix and the buzz becomes huge, the sizzle electric. Tebow’s loyal flock of eyeballs would follow him, significantly increasing the ratings of a show rarely discussed."
Of course, Raissman notes that ESPN would be a player in those sweepstakes, too. And when you consider how much time and attention the Worldwide Leader gives to Tebow on a daily basis, it's hard to envision them getting outbid for Tebow's services.
Tebow would definitely boost ratings, at least in the short term, and he'd definitely be better off as a college football analyst than an NFL analyst. The question, now, is whether he'll take that route if nobody bites between now and, say, August.
Tebow might have larger aspirations as a speaker, a philanthropist and a community builder, but he has to realize that his value in those other areas will decrease substantially if he doesn't maintain his relevance in the national sports spectrum. With his pro football career hitting a wall, television might be his best option in that regard.