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Tebow rumors hint at the end of an extraordinary career

Tebow rumors suggest that the quarterback might not play in the NFL again. To be sure, Tim Tebow is not a top quarterback, but it's remarkable that no one wants him.

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Quarterback Tim Tebow speaks to the Economic Club of Southwest Michigan last month at the Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College near Benton Harbor, Mich. Tebow was released by the New York Jets last month and has yet to find a new team.

Joe Rondone/The Herald-Palladium/AP/File

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A report in "ESPN The Magazine" is suggesting that people close to Tim Tebow are saying that his National Football League career is probably over. If the report – and the sentiment – are true, then Tebow could be the first professional football player to lose his job because he was too popular.

Make no mistake, if Tebow's days in the NFL are done, it is not because of his horrible throwing mechanics. Or, perhaps more accurately, it is not primarily because of them.

As poor as his throwing mechanics are, they did not stop him from compiling an 8-4 record as a starter and leading the Denver Broncos into the second round of the playoffs in 2011.

 

As poor as his throwing mechanics are, they do not diminish the fact that he is a physical specimen who can run the read option offenses that took the NFL by storm last year.

True, his inability to pass the ball beyond the line of scrimmage with any consistency means that he will probably never be any team's long-term answer at quarterback. But it seems extraordinary that none of the league's 31 teams would want to bring on a quarterback with playoff experience and proven leadership qualities solely as a backup or as a change-of-pace option.

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