Jets quarterback Tim Tebow was all smiles after the Jets beat the Colts 35-9 on Oct 14, 2012. Debby Wong, US Presswire
ESPN issued a press release on Tuesday afternoon stating that Tim Tebow would be joining the SEC Network as a college football analyst for their pregame show "SEC Nation."
In the release, Tebow made it clear this does not mean he is giving up on his dream of playing NFL football.
The SEC Network will launch in August, but Tebow will begin his duties for the Worldwide Leader starting January 6 in the network's coverage of the BCS Championship game.
From the release:
"I am so excited that ESPN has given me this incredible opportunity," said Tebow. "When I was six years old I fell in love with the game of football, and 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 is the first analyst hired for the new network. He'll be paired with Joe Tessitore, who will host 'SEC Nation.' Tessitore has been with ESPN for a decade covering boxing, college football and college basketball.
Also hired for the new network is Paul Finebaum, who hosts the best radio show in the country that features crazed Alabama fans calling in to discuss college football.
Tebow's first episode of "SEC Nation" will be on Thursday, Aug. 28, for the Texas A&M at South Carolina game, shot at the South Carolina campus. For the show's first Saturday action, you'll have to wait until August 30 for Arkansas-Auburn.
The hire isn't too much of a surprise, as Tebow had hired a broadcast agent earlier this year and rumors were already swirling he would make the move to television sooner rather than later.
How Tebow plans on being a full-time TV analyst and still trying to make an NFL roster is hard to know, but it's always good to keep one's options open, right?