Have YouWager’s NFL football wagering fans seen the last of Tim Tebow? According to a source close to Tebow, the word is that his career in the National Football League is “probably over.”
If what one scout told YouWager is accurate, Tebow’s end may have been inevitable. “He’s not a quarterback,” the scout said. “When you look at his run two years ago, when you watch the tape and break it down, he wasn’t really doing anything that impressive. He’s a tough guy, a great leader, a great person. But he isn’t a good enough quarterback to have all the distractions that come with him.”
So far, not a single NFL team has demonstrated any interest in the Heisman Trophy winner. In the 2011 NFL football betting season, Tebow surprised many YouWager bettors when he helped the Denver Broncos win a playoff game after a season in which head coach John Fox ignored the wishes of fans and mostly kept the famous rookie on the bench. Then the Broncos landed Payton Manning, they traded Tebow to the Jets. The Jets did not seem to know what to do with Tebow, either, and they released him.
Tebow has cleared waivers, but the only football team that has expressed any interest is the Philadelphia Soul, an Arena Football League team. A football expert at YouWager says that if Tim Tebow never plays again, he will be the first player in the league since Bob Lee to have a playoff victory, be on an active roster the next season, and never start in a NFL regular season game again.
As any serious college football wagering enthusiast will tell you, Tebow showed a lot of promise in his college years, playing for the University of Florida, winning the Heisman Trophy in 2007, on a team that won the National Championship in 2006 and 2008. He was the first sophomore to ever win the Heisman. Tebow was selected by Denver in the first round of the NFL Draft. Expectations were high for the young man that set new SEC records for passing efficiency and rushing touchdowns.
But, as the scout told YouWager’s source, no team seemed to be prepared for the new kind of stardom that Tebow, a devoted Christian brought to any enterprise. Religious fans loved the way Tebow, the son of Baptist missionaries, prayed on one knee on the sidelines. Tebow was also known to visit hospitals, schools, prisons, and orphanages. Tebow’s faith even brought about a new rule in the NCAA that banned messages on eye paint. The rule was known as the Tebow Rule because Tebow was known to put the numbers for favorite biblical verses on his eye black. At the 2009 Championship game, Tebow wore ‘John ’ on his face. As a result, over the next 24 hours, the verse became the highest-ranked Google search, with more than 90 million searches. When asked about his impact on the Internet, Tebow modestly told a YouWager source, “It just goes to show you the influence and the platform that you have as a student-athlete and as a quarterback at Florida.”
Despite hopes that Tebow might possibly revolutionize the NFL, even at the time he entered the NFL Draft, some NFL analyst did not have faith in the young man. Mel Kiper told a YouWager source, “I don’t think he can be a fulltime quarterback. I don’t think he can be the quarterback of the future for you.” Some sportsbook bettors thought Tebow might wind up back in his hometown, Jacksonville, Florida, helping the Jaguars sell tickets. But plenty of people in the online betting community seemed to think that the New York Jets took Tebow to help them sell T-shirts in New Jersey, and that didn’t work out so well.