Tim Tebow talks with STF about his new job

Tim Tebow on the set of ESPN College GameDay with Chris Foler and Lee Corso
Tim Tebow on the set of ESPN College GameDay with Chris Foler and Lee Corso

There might not be a more positive person on the planet than Tim Tebow. The former University of Florida star and Heisman Trophy quarterback has been hired by the SEC Network, which will launch in August.  He will also be used by ESPN on all of their platforms starting bright and early Monday as he will give his insights on the BCS Championship Game between Florida State and Auburn.

Tebow is a brilliant pick to be part of the SEC Network and he has the true natural talent to be a fine analyst on college football. As for his openness about his faith I don’t see that as a problem. He will keep his comments directed at  the play on the field. He understands the game and has many very interesting insights that he can share with the viewers.

Make no, mistake about it Tebow understands the difference in breaking down a football game and teaching Sunday school. But even if something about faith might slip out, the SEC is the home of conservative Christian values, so he should be fine.

He will join join Joe Tessitore, and Paul Finebaum, on SEC Nation the network’s signature program. The shows patterned after ESPN GameDay and will air from a different SEC campus each week during the season.

This afternoon he met the press for a brief time including Sports Talk Florida. Tim talked about his future with the new network and spoke about not giving up on his dream to one day be an NFL Quarterback.

Tebow on his new role as an analyst: The new SEC Network is an outstanding opportunity for me. It is great to build something from the ground up and I am very thankful to the people of ESPN for giving me the chance to be part of the launching of the SEC Network. I am very passionate about college football and I now have an outlet to channel that love for the game.

Tebow on GameDay: Well, ever since I was young, I grew up watching College Gameday.  I loved it.  Before I’d play Pop Warner games I’d watch Gameday and then go to my games, and it would make me excited and it was fun.  And then getting the opportunity to play in the SEC and be a part of a lot of great traditions in college football, it just feels like home.  Not only does it feel like home but it feels like history.  I love it.  I’m still passionate about the game.  I think I’ll always be passionate about the game and passionate about sharing it with fans and viewers that want to understand it deeper and understand the meaning of why is this offense doing this and why is the defense doing this and be able to share those insights that you’ve been blessed to have because you were a player and you were in this, you understand the traditions, the rivalries, everything that’s going on.  I’d love the opportunity to share that, and also it’s history for me, so it’s a lot of fun. I know that I always want to be around football, and hopefully I can do this for a long time to come.

Tebow on coming back to Gainesville with SEC Nation: Well, you know I’ll always be a Gator, but I have to be objective, as well, and I believe I can do that.  It’s always fun to go to Gainesville and be a part of Gator Nation, which I love and I’ll always love, but I’ve got to be objective and do the best job I can do, as well, and I look forward to that challenge, and it’ll be a lot of fun for me to do so.

Tebow on still working on still pursuing a career:” I am training five days a week and putting myself in the best shape possible. I want to be an NFL quarterback and I will continue that quest. But that is out of my hands all I can do is keep positive thoughts and be ready when phone rings. ESPN has been supportive of my hope to return to the NFL and I am fully aware of my new duties as a football analyst.

Jim Williams is the Washington Bureau Chief, Digital Director as well as the Director of Special Projects for Genesis Communications. He is starting his third year as part of the team. This is Williams 40th year in the media business, and in that time he has served in a number of capacities. He is a seven time Emmy Award winning television producer, director, writer and executive. He has developed four regional sports networks, directed over 2,000 live sporting events including basketball, football, baseball hockey, soccer and even polo to name a few sports. Major events include three Olympic Games, two World Cups, two World Series, six NBA Playoffs, four Stanley Cup Playoffs, four NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournaments (March Madness), two Super Bowl and over a dozen college bowl games. On the entertainment side Williams was involved s and directed over 500 concerts for Showtime, Pay Per View and MTV Networks.