ESPN announced Monday that it has reached a multiyear contract extension with polarizing former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow. The Heisman Trophy winner and two-time national college champion will continue to do college football analysis on SEC Network’s traveling pregame show “SEC Nation” and will continue his role on ESPN’s College Football Playoff programming across multiple networks.
Tebow, who had a short career in the NFL, has been the subject of some of the liveliest debates on sports talk shows for several years — you can watch one example below.
Stephanie Druley, ESPN senior vice president, event and studio production, said in today’s announcement: “Tim brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to his analysis of college football and surprised many fans with his strong opinions and engaging presence on ‘SEC Nation.’ His unique experiences within the SEC and his broad national fan base are huge assets to ‘SEC Nation’ and ESPN’s larger CFP coverage.”
Added Tebow: “Over the last three years ESPN and the ‘SEC Nation’ crew have become like family. I love the passion that SEC fans bring to our set every Saturday morning and I look forward to continuing to share my own love of the game with fans on ESPN and SEC Network.”
The announcement notes: “Tebow has contributed to ESPN platforms since 2014. He was the first college football analyst announced for SEC Network and has been a key voice in ‘SEC Nation’ for the past three college football seasons. He brings a depth of personal football knowledge — earning both the Heisman Award and two National Championships while playing quarterback at the University of Florida.”
“Tebow was selected in the first round of the NFL Draft in 2010 and led the Denver Broncos to an unlikely AFC West title and NFL Playoff Game win in 2011,” the announcement adds. “In 2016, Tebow signed a minor league baseball contract with the New York Mets and currently plays with the Columbia Fireflies. Tebow’s role with ESPN will not preclude him from continuing to pursue professional baseball opportunities.”
Here’s one of the many Tim Tebow debates from a few years ago between Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith on ESPN’s “First Take” …