Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Time for Tebow to Take His Final Bow and Exit the Field

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Time for Tebow to Take His Final Bow and Exit the Field

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Here's hoping Tim Tebow gets on with a life beyond, and much more important than, football.

The New York Jets released the former University of Florida quarterback hero Monday, and they did so unceremoniously. They said in a statement that they "have a great deal of respect" for Tebow, but they demonstrated otherwise by waiting to release him until after the NFL draft was over and many teams had selected a quarterback or signed one as a free agent.

Tebow's options in the league are a whole bunch closer to none than to slim.

So, here's hoping he doesn't scrounge around for a job there or in some Canadian Football League outpost or as an Arena Football League curiosity.

Here's hoping Tebow is ready to do the global missionary work to which he long has dedicated himself. Better that he undertakes goodwill efforts where he can make a difference in the world -- and, yes, his preaching and social views can be polarizing -- rather than continue pursuit of a fading dream.

Tebow, love him or loathe him, deserves better than the desperation that has been his professional football journey.

The message that he has no future as an NFL quarterback ought to be crystal clear, finally.

Tebow was among six quarterbacks on the Jets' roster at the time of his release -- Mark Sanchez, Greg McElroy, David Garrard, Geno Smith and Matt Simms are the others -- and was at the bottom of that pile.

Tebow always seemed overvalued.

He ranks as one of the greatest college players of all time, but his limited skill set as a passer was a pro problem from the outset.

Denver (see: then-coach Josh McDaniels) nevertheless went all first-round silly about Tebow, which did him no favor. He did have spectacular moments with the Broncos and was wildly popular with their fans, but he never lived up to the hype.

After two seasons in Denver, he was sent to the Jets without concern in the wake of the Broncos' signing of Peyton Manning. Tebow -- a story in any venue -- immediately became a divisive element in the New York quarterback soap opera. …

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