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Tim Tebow is Now Unemployed

Not surprising.

His team couldn’t trade him during the off-season and just this past weekend, took the 1st quarterback (West Virginia’s Geno Smith) in the just completed NFL Draft.  Tim Tebow is bound for either Canada, the Arena League, or some other minor football league like the UFL (the latest in attempts at a professional spring football league) if he wants to try to play football professionally.

Of course, the players and coaches of the UFL have recently sued league ownership for not paying them after they canceled the second half of the 2012 season, so who knows if that league will even be around anymore.

One year after bringing Tim Tebow to Broadway, creating a nationwide fascination that slowly evolved into a salacious controversy, the New York Jets made the long-anticipated move Monday of releasing one of the NFL’s most popular players.

The Jets confirmed the release in a three-paragraph news release, a long way from his Super Bowl-sized news conference last March.

“We have a great deal of respect for Tim Tebow,” coach Rex Ryan said. “Unfortunately, things did not work out the way we all had hoped.  Tim is an extremely hard worker, evident by the shape he came back in this offseason. We wish him the best moving forward.”

Ryan and general manager John Idzik informed Tebow early Monday morning in a face-to-face meeting at the team’s facility, before he worked out with teammates, a source said. Tebow left the building shortly thereafter.

Tebow was dressed in his workout clothes Monday when he was called to Idzik’s office, according to league sources.

So ends one of the strangest chapters in team history — maybe in league history.

The saga of Tim Tebow is an analysis of both lost potential and media over selling of a player.  While there is little doubt that Tebow was a great leader of men and motivator of his teammates both at the University of Florida and in Denver, he also never did much to overcome his flaws when it came to football mechanics (his throwing motion is still one of the most hideous I’ve ever witnessed) and ability to move past his inability to handle the speed of the pro game.

Add in the media examination of being a two-time NCAA champ, the New York media market, a strange compulsion of some to focus only on the Christian aspects of Tebow’s life, and the mental basket case which is the Jets organization were all a recipe for disaster for Tebow in the end.  I wish the kid luck in trying to find some kind of safe landing given all the attention which will now be back upon him, but seriously think he’s going to be in the Arena league if at all still in football this fall.

It’s not fair, but it is how the business of football goes.

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