As we were all reminded today, the National Football League can be cruel.
NFL teams announced their final (sort-of) cuts toward the 53-man roster on Saturday, which included the New England Patriots’ release of the one-and-only Timothy Richard Tebow.
After a two-touchdown performance in the Patriots final preseason game on Thursday, Bill Belichick and the Pats released the popular quarterback, leaving many to wonder if this is the last we will see of Tim Tebow in the NFL.
It’s perfectly reasonable to assume that with this release we may have seen the last of TimTebow in the NFL, so as we say goodbye to Timmy’s NFL career (or at least until some other NFL team picks up or something, cause he could go to the Bills and make it an AFC East trifecta for funsies), let’s take a look back at some of his greatest NFL moments.
Tebow was selected by the Broncos (errr, Josh McDaniels) with the 25th pick in the 2010 draft. Tebow signed a five-year contract with the Broncos that summer.
Tebow scored his first NFL touchdown in October of 2010 (against.. the Jets..which is kind of hilarious) and made his first NFL start later that season.
Tebow assumed the starting job from Kyle Orton early in the 2011 season and Tebow time was (re?)born, thanks to plays like this. (A 2011 highlight vs. the Jets, for narrative!).
Tebow miraculously led the Broncos to a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round of the 2011 playoffs.
Admit it, it was pretty exciting.
John Elway and the Broncos let Timmy go the next offseason after they won the Peyton Manning sweepstakes, and the Jets scooped him up (because obviously).
Shortly after, this happened at Jets training camp in Cortland.
Then, this one time, the Jets (either Rex Ryan or Tony Sparano, it remains to be seen whose idea this really ) tried to make Tebow into a receiver. Yeah..uh…nope. (Video courtesy of NFL.com).
They also made him the team’s punt protector. Yes, that’s right, Heisman winner to punt protector.
The Jets released Tebow earlier this spring (because they have so many excellent options at quarterback), so naturally hoodie Belichick, the dark lord, picked him up, experimented with making him into a tight end (I can only assume that’s what he wanted with him since ya know, they have TOM BRADY on their team), and then discarded him like a used tissue before the start of the regular season.
If all of that was far too much exposition for you, this meme sums up his NFL career perfectly.
I know what you’re thinking: you’re sad, because this might be the end of not only Tebow’s NFL career, and the act of Tebowing as we know it. Never fear, Tebowing, or the act of getting down on a knee and praying, even if everyone else around you is doing something completely different, is here to stay.
Kristine Reese is the NFL editor for Aerys Sports. You can follow her on Twitter @KristineReese.