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It’s not often the signing of a third-string quarterback makes headlines, but Tim Tebow isn’t your average third-string quarterback. Arguably the most polarizing athlete in all of sports, the former Florida Gator has inked a two-year deal with the New England Patriots.
Tebow played for the New York Jets last season, but rarely hit the field — despite the fact that starter Mark Sanchez was pulled toward the end of the year. Head Coach Rex Ryan instead went with backup Greg McElroy and the writing was on the wall for Tebow’s time in the Big Apple.
Prior to his lone season in New York, Tebow famously led the Denver Broncos to a playoff run in 2011, picking up a postseason win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wildcard Round before losing to his new team in New England.
Tebow was a first-round selection in the 2010 NFL Draft. In three seasons, he has accumulated 2,422 yards passing with 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Why exactly does Tebow stir up such emotional reactions from football fans? There are two primary reasons that have really shaped his career to this point. One, he proudly wears his Christian faith on his sleeve, which is not for any of us to judge. Two, saying that he’s not your traditional drop-back pass quarterback would be an understatement. There doesn’t seem to be much of a middle ground with Tebow; people seem to either love him or outright dislike hime. Last Month, Forbes Magazine named Tebow 2013′s Most Influential Athlete.
Now, Tebow heads to Foxborough, where he’ll play for legendary coach Bill Belichick and will reunite with Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels, who drafted Tebow as the head coach of the Broncos in 2010. Unlike his stops in Denver and New York, there will be no quarterback controversy for Tebow in New England. Tom Brady is one of the best to ever play the position and he’s almost automatic in goal-line situations.
When asked which position Tebow would play at a press conference today, Coach Belichick simply stated, “We’ll do whatever is best for our football team.” There has been some speculation that Tebow could line up at running back, tight end and possibly play a little special teams.
What do you think of the Patriots signing Tebow? Will it mean very little long-term or will Tebow contribute to wins this season? Share your thoughts with us below.
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