Jaguars Coach Urban Meyer Speaks on Tim Tebow's Future in Football After Cutting Him

The Tim Tebow football–playing era is over again, and this time it's probably for good.

The Jacksonville Jaguars cut the 34-year-old former Heisman Trophy winner and University of Florida quarterback Tuesday, and Jaguars coach Urban Meyer pulled no punches when assessing Tebow's future as an NFL player.

"I would guess it is," Meyer said when asked about whether Tebow's release signified the end of his pro-football career according to a tweet from NFL.com insider Ian Rapoport. "Obviously he's his own man ... elite warrior, elite competitor, but he's also 34 years old."

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Tim Tebow was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Tuesday morning. In this photo, Tebow waves to fans after Training Camp at TIAA Bank Field on July 30, in Jacksonville, Florida. Getty

Tebow has navigated one of the most bizarre paths of any pro athlete in recent memory. He is one of the most popular athletes, thanks largely to his legendary college football career, which included two national championships in three seasons while playing for Meyer with the Gators.

The Denver Broncos spent a first-round pick on Tebow in 2010, but he only played 35 NFL games, starting just 16 at quarterback. Eleven of those starts came during the magical 2011 season where he guided the Broncos to the AFC West title and a memorable playoff win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

But Denver cut Tebow that offseason, and replaced him with Peyton Manning. After bouncing between the New York Jets, New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles he gave up football to try his hand at a baseball career.

He had spent the previous four seasons in the New York Mets farm system while also filling in as a college-football commentator for ESPN in the offseason. Tebow was attempting a comeback as a tight end, and Meyer, head coaching in the NFL for the first time, took a flier.

By all accounts, Tebow was worth having on the roster. The Jaguars' bottom line will no doubt benefit from his jersey sales over the three months he was there—it was the NFL's No. 1 selling jersey within hours of his signing. Meyer also said Tebow's work ethic would help the younger players on the roster—Jacksonville fielded the NFL's youngest roster in 2020.

"Players loved him; locker room loved him," Meyer said.

But the transition from quarterback to tight end, by far a more physically demanding position, proved his undoing. Video of Tebow blocking like a quarterback went viral in his lone preseason game against the Cleveland Browns on Saturday.

Tight end Tim Tebow💀 pic.twitter.com/mBs51zX5Fq

— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) August 15, 2021

Tebow is terrible at blocking. My goodness pic.twitter.com/2sOFioZKiD

— JzoSports (@JzoSports) August 16, 2021

"[Cutting him] was the right thing," Meyer said.

Tebow may be old by football standards, but he's still a young man, and he took to Twitter to express his gratitude for the Jaguars and his signature faith in whatever is coming next.

Thank you to the @Jaguars organization and everyone who has supported me in this journey.

And we know that…God works all things together for good. Romans 8:28

— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) August 17, 2021