Tim Tebow makes stunning NFL comeback as tight end with Jaguars!
According to multiple reports, the Jaguars plan to sign the former Denver Broncos quarterback, who will reportedly play tight end.
An ill-advised first-round pick of the Broncos, the now 33-year-old Tebow took his last NFL snap on December 30, 2012 for the New York Jets.
Since that game Tebow has spent the bulk of his time as a college football analyst and playing minor league baseball for the New York Mets organization.
However, he retired from baseball in February and now has his sights set on an NFL return, which he is poised to make with the coach with whom he enjoyed a remarkably successful college career at Florida, Urban Meyer.
Meyer became the Jaguars' head coach in January. He won two of his three National Championships in college with Florida, with Tebow helping them to glory in 2006 and leading the Gators to the title in 2008 having won the coveted Heisman Trophy in 2007.
A second shot at glory after a disappointing debut
Tebow's success in college did not translate to the NFL.
Picked 25th overall in the 2010 draft, his limited arm strength proved a significant hindrance to his hopes of becoming Denver's long-term starting quarterback.
He replaced Kyle Orton as the starter in 2011 and led Denver to a playoff victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, throwing for 316 yards [290 metres] and two touchdowns, including a game-winning 80-yard touchdown pass on the first play of overtime in a 29-23 Wild Card round triumph.
Yet he finished that season with a completion percentage of 46.5 that was the lowest of any quarterback to attempt at least 100 passes and was released by the Broncos in 2012 following their trade for Peyton Manning.
Fruitless spells with the Jets, New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles followed but, after failing to make the grade as a quarterback, Tebow will hope his athleticism can allow him to enjoy a prolonged second act as a tight end.
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