Timothy Richard Tebow (/ˈtiːboʊ/; born August 14, 1987) is a former professional American football quarterback and current professional baseball outfielder in the Minor League Baseball (MiLB) system. He played college football for the University of Florida, winning the Heisman Trophy in 2007 and appearing on BCS National Championship-winning teams during the 2006 and 2008 seasons. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft and spent two seasons with the team. He also played for the New York Jets in 2012. Additionally, he had offseason stints with the Philadelphia Eagles (2015) and New England Patriots (2013), but was not active for game play during those times.
Tim Tebow’s NFL Career
Tim Tebow was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played three seasons for the Broncos, winning a playoff game in his first season. He was then traded to the New York Jets, where he played for two seasons. He was released by the Jets after they acquired quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Tebow then signed a one-year contract with the New England Patriots, but was released before the start of the season. He has not played in the NFL since then.
When Did Tim Tebow Retire From The NFL
Tim Tebow was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He became the Broncos’ starting quarterback in the seventh game of his rookie season after Kyle Orton was benched. The Broncos finished the season with a 10–6 record and Tebow led them to an AFC West division title and their first playoff appearance since 2005. In a wild-card playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he had 316 passing yards, two passing touchdowns, and a touchdown run en route to a 29–23 overtime victory
Traded to the New York Jets
In 2012, after being traded by the Broncos to the New York Jets, Tebow saw action in 12 games. During the season, he completed six of his eight pass attempts for 39 yards, ran 32 times for 102 yards, and scored two touchdowns. He was released by the Jets on April 29, 2013.
Released by the Jets
On April 29, 2013, the Jets announced that they would release Tebow.
Signed by the New England Patriots
On June 10, 2013, Tebow was signed by the New England Patriots as a backup quarterback and personal punt protector, reuniting with his former college coach, Bill Belichick. Contract terms were not disclosed.
Released by the Patriots
On August 31, 2013, the Patriots released Tebow. Bill Belichick later said that Tebow had worked hard, but that he “didn’t do anything” to make the team. He was signed by the New York Jets on October 7, 2013.
Tim Tebow’s Post-NFL Career
Tim Tebow shocked the world when he announced his retirement from the NFL in August of 2016. Many speculated as to what he would do next, with some assuming he would pursue a career in coaching or broadcasting. However, Tim Tebow’s post-NFL career has been just as successful as his time on the field.
Minor League Baseball
After his football career ended, Tebow tried his hand at baseball. In 2016, he signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets and was assigned to their instructional league. In September of that year, he was promoted to the Mets’ Class A-Advanced affiliate, the St. Lucie Mets. The following year, he was promoted to the Mets’ AA affiliate, the Binghamton Rumble Ponies.
After his NFL career, Tim Tebow became an NFL broadcaster for ESPN.
After his NFL career ended, Tim Tebow focused his attention on philanthropy. In 2010, he founded the Tim Tebow Foundation, whose mission is “to bring faith, hope and love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need.”
The foundation has built hospitals and orphanages in the Philippines, Nepal and Ethiopia. It has also provided homes for orphans in Zambia and sponsored surgeries for children with life-threatening illnesses in the United States.
In addition to his work with the Tim Tebow Foundation, Tebow has also supported other charitable organizations, such as the Wounded Warrior Project and Make-A-Wish Foundation.
After being released by the New York Jets in 2013, Tim Tebow remained a free agent for the rest of the season. He then signed a two-year, non-guaranteed contract with the New England Patriots on June 10, 2013. However, he was released by the team before the start of the regular season on August 31, 2013.