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Tim Tebow Joins ESPN, SEC Network as College Football Analyst

Former quarterback Tim Tebow played in the National Football League from 2010 through 2012, yet was out of the league this season after being cut by the New England Patriots in August. Photographer: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images
Former quarterback Tim Tebow played in the National Football League from 2010 through 2012, yet was out of the league this season after being cut by the New England Patriots in August. Photographer: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

Dec. 31 (Bloomberg) -- Tim Tebow has signed a multiyear agreement with Walt Disney Co.’s ESPN and the SEC Network as a college football analyst while saying he hasn’t given up on playing quarterback again in the National Football League.

Tebow, who won two national championships and the 2007 Heisman Trophy as college football’s best player while at the University of Florida, was out of the NFL this season after being cut by the New York Jets and New England Patriots in a five-month span. The former first-round draft pick played in the NFL from 2010 through 2012.

“While I continue to pursue my dream of playing quarterback in the NFL, this is an amazing opportunity to be part of the unparalleled passion of college football and the SEC,” Tebow, 26, said yesterday in a statement.

Tebow was hired as analyst for the SEC Network, which debuts in 2014 and has a 20-year partnership with ESPN to air Southeastern Conference content, including approximately 45 football games annually. Tebow will also contribute to ESPN’s SportsCenter and ESPN Radio, and will debut as an analyst during pregame coverage of the Jan. 6 national championship game between Florida State University and Auburn University.

“Tim is a SEC icon with a national fan base and broad appeal,” ESPN senior vice president of programming Justin Connolly said in a statement.

Financial terms of Tebow’s contract weren’t disclosed.

Tebow’s primary role will be as an analyst for SEC Nation, the new network’s traveling pregame show that originates from the campus of a different SEC school each week of the college football season.

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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