Tim Tebow is about to join the Kardashians and Chelsea Handler as a star on E!
The Denver Broncos announced Wednesday night they had finalized a trade that sends high-profile quarterback Tim Tebow to the New York Jets.
Sports Illustrated's Jim Trotter explains why Tim Tebow might make a good fit for the New York Jets.
Whether he becomes a bit player in the Jets offense or pushes Mark Sanchez to the sideline, Tim Tebow's arrival in New York carries immediate benefits but also some risk. In two short seasons, Tebow has become one of the most famous and polarizing athletes in sports, and now he joins one of the NFL's most volatile and unpredictable locker rooms.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The strange thing about Peyton Manning and the expectations his arrival in Denver creates is that the quarterback he's replacing, Tim Tebow, just led a mediocre team to an AFC West title, and Tebow threw a gorgeous touchdown strike to Demaryius Thomas on the first play of overtime to beat a legit Super Bowl contender, Pittsburgh, in the playoffs.
You have to love the NFL's bottomless well of intrigue. No sooner does one suspense thriller end than another one begins.
I suppose it was inevitable that some people would compare Jeremy Lin to Tim Tebow. This is partly because every sports story these days must be compared to Tebow, as well as every non-sports story, and retroactively, every previous sports story. But it is also because Linsanity has temporarily replaced Tebowmania as the can-you-believe-that story that your mother who doesn't watch sports might bring up in casual conversation. And because Lin appeals to an unusual demographic for an NBA player (Asian-Americans) just as Tebow appeals to an unusual demographic for an NFL player (evangelical Christians).
Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow was involved in the big game in Indianapolis, where he helped his team perform another miraculous comeback in the fourth quarter with time running out.
USA Today's Jon Saraceno talks with CNN's Suzanne Malveaux about the polarizing effect of Tim Tebow.
A young man who suffered a brain injury playing football will get a chance to meet his idol Tim Tebow.
Tim Tebow wants to be an inspiration.
Maybe his actions on the football field fascinate you. Maybe you find his personality charming. Either way, you have probably heard of Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.
DENVER -- Consider the trigger pulled. And we even have a victim, that being the once-dangerous Pittsburgh Steelers. And talk about your smoking gun.
1. Tim Tebow picked the wrong time to slump.
Musings, observations and the occasional insight from a Week 17 that gave us playoff-scenario drama, record-breaking performances and the close of another unpredictable regular season in the NFL...
Because sports are governed by seasons, not years, "The Year in Sports" always makes for a very bad movie. If 2011 were a motion picture, Aaron Rodgers would win the Super Bowl in the first reel and lose to the Chiefs just before the credits roll, making the Packers' quarterback the feel-bad story of 2011.
DENVER -- Here's the thing the Denver Broncos learned about magic Sunday afternoon at Sports Authority Field: It just doesn't work as well in a three-score game.
As the Broncos beat reporter for the Denver Post, Lindsay Jones admits her job description has become "all Tim Tebow, all the time." But over the past two months, Jones has noticed that the Tebow phenomenon has filtered outside her city limits. As she's traveled to cover the Broncos on the road, the reporter says the lead feature in Sunday sports sections is often the Denver quarterback, and that Tebow is a recurring and vibrant subject on the sports-talk debate airwaves as well.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- To understand just how far Tim Tebow has come this season, winning his last six starts and seven of eight overall, it helps to go back to the beginning, to that Oct. 23, sun-soaked day in Sun Life Stadium in Davie, Fla., when he made his first start of 2011.
Tim Tebow has quickly become a superstar in the world of football. But who are the stars that he likes to watch?
It's clear the Colt McCoy hit by James Harrison was the final brick in the wall for the NFL. Harrison was suspended for one game today -- though I disagree with the ruling; more about that later -- and the league made it clear the suspension was for the accumulation of illegal hits, not just this one.
Sports loom large in the public's mind today. From the Penn State and Syracuse scandals to the upcoming BCS Bowl Series and the NFL playoffs, much attention is being paid to our athletes and coaches.
The longest winning streaks in the NFL right now belong to Green Bay at 18, with the unflappable Aaron Rodgers at quarterback; Houston at 6, with third-stringer T.J. Yates calling the signals; and the surprising Denver Broncos with Tim Tebow leading them to five in a row. Football is a funny game.
We saw in four-plus quarters the Tim Tebow critics and avid supporters have their say. Tebow was mostly inept until very late, and his critics were readying their "I told you so's."
MIAMI -- The NFL has always been and will always be a bottom-line business, and the bottom line says Sunday was a success for Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos.
During my NFL front office career, I saw NFL teams often wrestle with the question of when any young player -- and especially a highly drafted quarterback such as Tim Tebow -- is ready to play.
Now that it's finally Tim Tebow time in Denver, the Broncos organization has just committed itself to an 11-game discovery process, with the goal of finding out once and for all whether the former Heisman winner from Florida is the team's quarterback of the future, or merely its quarterback of the present?
Broncos fans have wanted it since he was selected 25th overall in 2010, and beginning in Week 7 they'll get their wish: Tim Tebow is Denver's new starting quarterback. Tebow replaced Kyle Orton during a Week 5 loss against the Chargers, nearly bringing the team back from defeat. He went just 4 of 10 for 79 yards and a touchdown, but also ran for 38 yards and another touchdown.
Here is a buried aspect of the bye-week season: It makes jumping on the previous week's surprises a bit more tricky. You really have to be sure that one-week wonder isn't merely that and is capable of more big weeks going forward.
The NFL already knew Jets coach Rex Ryan was prone to sticking a foot in his mouth. Who knew it may not always be his?
Week 3 of the preseason, generally acknowledged to be the most important of all of the tuneups, is finally here. The last week in which a lot of the regular starters take the field. But are the third preseason games really as important as some people portend? Let's examine:
The Denver Broncos have been effusive in their praise of Kyle Orton this preseason. They backed it up by signing the sixth-year quarterback to a one-year extension that will pay him $9 million in 2011, $5.5 million of which is guaranteed. First-round pick Tim Tebow, on the other hand, injured his ribs in his first live NFL action and was unable to play in the Broncos second preseason game against the Detroit Lions this past weekend. The question that begs asking at this point is why did the Broncos draft Tebow in the first round?
Tim Tebow will make a first impression this week. The Denver Broncos' first organized team activity, combining veterans and rookies, is Tebow's first chance to meet his non-rookie teammates. Like Kyle Orton, whose job he may take. And Brady Quinn -- whom he met once at the ESPYs -- another member of the Broncos three-headed quarterback competition.
I've thought all along that Tim Tebow would need a redshirt year, but two things now tell me I might be wrong.
NEW YORK -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight as we watched a prime-time version of the NFL Draft's first round from a raucous Radio City Music Hall ...
We've finally found the one group that uniformly agrees about Tim Tebow's prospects this month:
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- As dozens of fans waited for their favorite southpaw to emerge from the south end zone tunnel at Florida Field at Florida's pro day last month, a 6-foot-3, 218-pound righty ambled out of the tunnel. No one paid John Brantley any mind. Even though Brantley was the heir apparent to Tim Tebow and carries on his right arm the future of Florida's program, no one cheered his arrival. No one called his name.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- For all the television time, Internet bandwidth and newsprint used to discuss Tim Tebow's new throwing motion prior to Wednesday's unveiling, anything short of the southpaw walking onto Florida Field and throwing right-handed was bound to be a bitter disappointment.
There is no rule anywhere in existence that says that the Super Bowl should be free of politics and social causes. None. So what's the big deal over Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow and his mother starring in a pro-life ad?
For the last two weeks I've listened to people all up in arms that former University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow will star in a 30-second, anti-abortion commercial with his mom during Sunday's Super Bowl.
The rankings say it's No. 1 vs. No. 2. Technically, the stakes Saturday are exactly the same for both Florida and Alabama -- an SEC championship and a berth in the BCS National Championship Game.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- For his final game in The Swamp, Tim Tebow chose two verses from the book of Hebrews to highlight on his eye black. The first verse said this:
Sports Illustrated will announce its choice for Sportsman of the Year on Nov. 30. Here's one of the nominations for that honor by an SI writer.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Officially, Tim Tebow was not cleared to play against LSU until he passed his last set of medical tests late Saturday morning. Unofficially, the Florida star knew he was OK when he survived the flight from Gainesville to Baton Rouge.
Just for a moment, try to forget the 24-hour will-he-or-won't-he-play drama surrounding Tim Tebow. We'll get back to the Florida quarterback soon enough. With or without Tebow, top-ranked Florida (4-0, 2-0 SEC) will face its toughest test this season as it heads to Death Valley on Saturday night to battle No. 4 LSU (5-0, 3-0 SEC).
It's only been three years since Florida quarterback Chris Leak stood at a lectern and claimed a vicious hit from Georgia defensive tackle Jeff Owens hadn't resulted in a concussion. "I just got dinged," Leak said. "No more than that."
This article appears in the October 12, 2009 issue of Sports Illustrated.
Florida quarterback Tim Tebow was cleared to practice Tuesday and took about half of the first-team snaps, but it still remains unclear whether the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner will be cleared to play against No. 4 LSU on Saturday in Baton Rouge, La.
Tim Tebow isn't supposed to show pain. After all, this is the same guy who broke his hand two years ago against Florida State and kept right on playing. He's supposed to get up every time. Saturday night, he didn't get up.
The Heisman turns 75 this year, and what a birthday present it's about to get. For the first time in history, two players -- Tim Tebow (2007 winner) and Sam Bradford (2008) -- stand a chance to win a second Heisman. And, for the first time since 1946, the top three vote getters from the previous season -- Bradford, Tebow and 2008 runner-up Colt McCoy -- return. Still, it would be false to assume one of that trio will surely win the 2009 trophy. Here are the top 10 contenders prior to Week 1. Check in each Monday for an updated look at the race.
Making history is a rare accomplishment. Duplicating it can be difficult.
Nice of Tim Tebow to end the suspense early. But the debate on his future will continue unabated, and not just on blog posts and sports talk radio.
Florida quarterback Tim Tebow began to walk off the stage to close the Gators' national title celebration Sunday. Then the junior stopped.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Megan Mullen will deliver her first biological child three weeks after national signing day -- this is how coaches' wives keep track of time -- but Thursday, her eyes went glassy at the thought of leaving behind her 6-foot-3, 240-pound adopted son. "He's greater than anybody thinks he is," Mullen said.
The calls came from reporters in Florida and Oklahoma. A radio show in Portland wanted to know. Assorted bloggers wanted to know. And, it goes without saying, my editors wanted to know.
In the four seasons that I've been writing The Watch, no Heisman Trophy race has been as excruciatingly tight as this year's, with three players (maybe four if you count Texas Tech's Graham Harrell) having good cases to win the stiff armed statuette. And when the winner is announced on Saturday night, The Watch wouldn't be surprised if Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy and Tim Tebow made the three-way finish the closest in Heisman history.
He'd spent the better part of four hours taking licks from the No. 1 team in the country, ultimately engineering two fourth-quarter touchdown drives and hoisting the SEC Championship trophy, but Tim Tebow's day was far from finished Saturday.
Florida's equipment staff gave Tim Tebow the option to change out of his pink jersey during Saturday's halftime. The jersey -- turned Sex in the City fabulous by a mélange of torrential rain and Florida State end zone paint -- stayed on Tebow's shoulder pads.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- As Tim Tebow tried to strangle the podium he stood behind, he fought back tears. The last question had been asked and answered. The Florida quarterback didn't need to publicly flay himself further for all the failures in a 31-30 loss to 22-point underdog Ole Miss on Sept. 27. Tebow didn't need to say more. But he did.
What to do with Tim Tebow? The reigning champ hasn't produced near the numbers he did through four games last season, and as a result, no player was tougher to rank in the fourth week of the Heisman Watch than last year's No. 1.
The crewcut-topped high school junior blew away the field at a camp in Tallahassee, Fla., in May 2005. He ran the 40 in 4.69 seconds and the agility shuttle in 4.16 seconds. He bench-pressed 185 pounds 38 times, and he jumped 32 inches from a standstill. His Sparq Rating -- a statistic that combines measurements of speed, strength and power -- was 96.9, off the charts for a quarterback.
In April when I released an absurdly early look at the 2007 Heisman race without mentioning Tim Tebow, I received an e-mail from Siva in Arcadia, Fla., asking, "Ever heard of Tim Tebow?" When I updated the list in August, again sans Tebow, I received an e-mail from Eric in St. Petersburg, Fla., who wrote, "Thank you soooooo much for not putting Tebow on your list. Even mentioning him in the same breath as the Heisman is retarded." Well, Eric, it seems as if Siva was right all along. But who in the world, other than Siva, could have predicted Florida's sophomore quarterback would have a season unlike any in college football history?
Tim Tebow, the tackle-breaking, touchdown-making Florida quarterback whose fans make up absurd jokes about his all-encompassing greatness ("When Google can't find something, it asks Tim Tebow for help"), does his best work in a crowd. It can be a gaggle of Gators fans, to whom he is so accommodating that he has been known to ask the football staff for a few more minutes to sign autographs after a game, or a cluster of potential tacklers, who tend to scatter like shards of glass when he comes crashing through, or even a gathering of prison inmates, many of whom were so moved by Tebow's inspirational talk during a recent visit that they came up and hugged him afterward.
Tim Tebow has counted to infinity -- twice.
I have no idea if Tim Tebow clinched the Heisman last week. It's hard enough keeping track of this ballot, much less 924 others. However, Dennis Dixon's season-ending knee injury and another solid running-and-passing effort from Tebow has put him on the verge of earning this vote. Consider this: He has 3,619 yards of total offense and 46 touchdowns this season, meaning he has virtually matched the output of Oregon's dynamic Duck duo of Dixon and Jonathan Stewart (3,992 yards of total offense, 40 touchdowns).
For the first time all season, this Watch has a clear leader: Florida quarterback Tim Tebow. He has been a running and passing beast all year and has been this list¹s No. 1 off and on (more on). But after his five-touchdown day against Kentucky, and Mike Hart taking the day off against Illinois, Tebow has established himself as the one to catch. Luckily for his pursuers, there are games still to be played.
As we've all learned so vividly by now, Mike Gundy thought last Saturday's edition of The Oklahoman was GARBAGE. Let me tell you something: I watched about 12 hours of football last Saturday -- that was some garbage.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- After signing a few autographs for a throng of some 250 fans who braved the smoldering heat that registered 110 on the heat index, Tim Tebow did a couple brief interviews, before being directed to a golf cart so security could whisk him to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium for team meetings.
If it's true that the most popular player on any football team is the backup quarterback, then Tim Tebow has the Internet to thank for making him into a cult figure. You'd be hard-pressed to find another college freshman who could inspire so many YouTube tributes (more than 20), boast as many MySpace friends (some 4,100) or beget as extensive a collection of hyperbole touting his toughness, attitude and masculinity (think Chuck Norris). An example: You can lead a horse to water. Tim Tebow can make him drink. Another: When the bogeyman goes to sleep every night, he checks the closet for Tim Tebow. That the 6'3", 229-pound freshman quarterback continues to abide the punch lines -- often retold on placards around the Swamp -- is either a credit to his good humor ... or a testament to his mercy. Because, well, you shouldn't let his Colgate grin and easygoing demeanor fool you, says linebacker Brandon Spikes. "He's got a screw loose."