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Tim Tebow’s NFL dream ends when Jacksonville Jaguars cut him

Tim Tebow’s attempt to return to the NFL as a tight end ended this week when the Jacksonville Jaguars released him.

“Thank you to the @Jaguars organization and everyone who has supported me in this journey,” he tweeted Tuesday. “And we know that …God works all things together for good. Romans 8:28.”

Tebow won the Heisman Trophy in 2007 while playing quarterback for the University of Florida, and then played quarterback in the NFL for the Denver Broncos and New York Jets. Tebow, 33, did not play tight end in college or the pros but was given a shot at the position when his former Florida coach, Urban Meyer, was hired in early 2021 by the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars signed Tebow in May to a one-year contract. He played in the Jaguars’ first exhibition game and didn’t catch a pass, although he was thrown to twice.

“Thankful for the highs and even the lows, the opportunities and the setbacks,” he tweeted. “I’ve never wanted to make decisions out of fear of failure and I’m grateful for the chance to have pursued a dream.”

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It wasn’t the first time Tebow had experimented with a new sports path. In 2016 he signed a professional baseball contract with the New York Mets, even though he had not played baseball since his junior year of high school. The Mets assigned him to several minor league teams, where he held his own. He batted a combined .226 with eight home runs, 24 doubles and 52 RBIs for two teams in 2017, and then batted a .273 average with six home runs and 36 RBIs in 2018 for Binghamton. He was an Eastern League All-Star in 2018.

Tebow retired from baseball in February. MILB.com reported that “injuries, age and a lost year due to the COVID-19 pandemic prevented him from accomplishing more on the field.”

Despite never playing a regular season game, Tebow’s Jaguars jersey was the second-best-selling Jaguars jersey in the NFL.com shop, trailing only the jersey of quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice