Posted December 30, 2013

ESPN brings on Tim Tebow as college football analyst on the new SEC Network

ESPN, Television, TV Networks
Tim Tebow

ESPN has hired Tim Tebow to be a college football analyst on the new SEC Network. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

ESPN has hired Tim Tebow as an analyst on the fledgling SEC Network, the broadcast giant announced on Monday.

The network and SEC Nation, a traveling program that will broadcast from SEC campuses each week during the season, will launch in August 2014. Tebow will join host Joe Tessitore and fellow analyst Paul Finebaum on SEC Nation as his primary duty.

Tebow will also enjoy a variety of different roles within ESPN, the network said in a statement.

Through a multi-year agreement, Tebow’s primary role will be as an analyst for SEC Nation, the network’s traveling pregame show that will originate from a different SEC campus each week beginning August 28, 2014. In the months leading up to launch and after, he will contribute to a variety of ESPN platforms including SportsCenter, ESPN Radio, and the network’s Heisman Trophy coverage, offering in-depth perspective as a legendary Southeastern Conference player.

Tebow will make his first appearance as an ESPN analyst during the network’s pregame coverage for the BCS championship game on Jan. 6.

In a statement, Tebow said he is thankful for the opportunity provided by ESPN.

“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.”

The ESPN release says Tebow’s duties with the network “will not preclude him from continuing to pursue playing opportunities in the NFL.”

The first player to win the Heisman Trophy as a sophomore, Tebow was a three-time first-team All-SEC selection as a quarterback at Florida. He was a member of two BCS title-winning Florida teams, in 2007 and ’09, and he was the SEC Offensive Player of the Year in ’08. After college, Tebow went to the NFL, where he played for the Broncos, Jets and Patriots. New England realeased him in August.

Tebow has been a natural in front of the camera during his playing career, but fielding questions as a player is a different skill than entertaining and informing as a television analyst. The question is whether Tebow’s humble demeanor can translate to live television, where analysts are often expected to be critical of players and coaches. If he isn’t willing to go out on a limb and speak honestly about decisions when warranted, he isn’t likely to gain the respect of those who seek serious analysis from pregame shows.

24 comments
memissdixie
memissdixie

Tebow is in the wrong business...he should be preaching sermons from a pulpit or maybe a motivational speaker on Abstinence.

dchiu2013
dchiu2013

It is a win win situation for ESPN and Tebow. He attracts a huge male and female TV audience and he keeps himself in the spotlight. Congrats, TT, this gig is made for you!

Lohikaarme
Lohikaarme

This gig is much better than being unemployed, nothing wrong with that.

jlaspence
jlaspence

Tebow's lisping, effeminate voice and manner won't work well on T.V   Although, he should be a hit in Long Island's Fire Island community

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

ESPN also thought it was a good idea to put Gruden on the air - we all know how that worked out.

rentistoohigh
rentistoohigh

When Gruden leaves he takes Tebow with him 

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

He'll be Florida's coach in two years. 

DBoston
DBoston

ESPN could not have found a better fit to gain market share  for the SEC Network.  His fan base in the SEC region is larger than most sports programs could dream of tapping into and if they follow him, (pun intended) ESPN will have a successful launch of the network and advertisers investing early.  Good business decision. 

beast
beast

If you are a competitor and you have offers from Arena and the CFL you take them. If you have a big head and ego and think you're too good for that or you're afraid you will fail you don't take them. 


This guy just proved he doesnt have the heart or drive to compete. 

JosephBagadoughnutz
JosephBagadoughnutz

@jlaspence  and its seems he is also interested in snipping on little boy parts in the Philippines.  someday there is gonna be a big coming out interview.

obamaiscarter2
obamaiscarter2

@jlaspenceI agree...you DO know a bit too much about that. Plus, you would probably be more drawn to Barney Frank.

Chip7
Chip7

@jlaspenceYa sure seem to know a lot about that sort of thing..... 

mystafugee
mystafugee

@DBoston When your viewers are mostly from places like Mississippi and Alabama, not exactly the coveted market for advertisers.  

obamaiscarter2
obamaiscarter2

@beastWhat a pathetic pile of crap. This guy has taken more puke than you will ever be able to handle and done it with eloquence. You must have had a hell of a childhood to turn out like this.

DonTheGreen
DonTheGreen

@beast That must be the most errant judgment of character of 2013.  Wjat a ridiculous statement.  

mkmck69
mkmck69

@beast That's nonsense. The Arena League is a joke. He's going to go there and get his brains beat out for a few hundred bucks a game? I doubt it. The CFL is a passing league, even more than the NFL is. Tebow can't throw the ball to save his a**, so his going to the CFL makes no sense. 


Good for him. I hope he turns out to be a better announcer than he is a QB.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@beastYou guys yell at Tebow when he tries to keep his football career going and you yell at him when he doesn't.   At least you're consistent.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@cuthbertYou need to pay closer attention.  Or learn how to use google.

obamaiscarter2
obamaiscarter2

@mkmck69@beastWhile I acknowledge, at this point, he is a second stringer, he is FAR better than most of the backups in the NFL. The point here is most of the coaches, general managers, etc. are gutless to admit it. I give Bill Bellachick credit for trying him. I still think he has some ability but, again, needs more coaching to work through things. He reminds me of some baseball players who have potential but never get it together. You hear about 4 or 5 tool players that operate on a much lower plane than what they should be. I find it too bad he can't hook on as a back up. But I am sure he will do just fine in this role.