Tim Tebow
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Former New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow is reportedly trying to return to professional football as a tight end.

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Per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, former New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow is gearing up for an NFL comeback. Tebow, 33, has reportedly worked out with the Jacksonville Jaguars in an attempt to resume his football career as a tight end. The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner has not partaken in an NFL regular season game action since a one-year stint with the Jets in 2012.

Being a tight end in Jacksonville would be familiar territory for Tebow, who filled the role during his high school days at Trinity Christian Academy before becoming one of the most illustrious quarterbacks in college football history at the University of Florida. Tebow began his NFL career as a first round pick of the Denver Broncos in the 2010 draft.

Some analysts felt reverting to tight end would help Tebow prolong his NFL career, though he remained a quarterback and eventually took over the franchise role in Denver during the 2011 season. During that season, Tebow earned several come-from-behind victories that gained him a significant following. That stretch included a nationally televised victory over the Jets and an overtime triumph over Pittsburgh in the AFC Wild Card playoff round.

The Jets tried to use Tebow in different roles when he was traded after the Broncos added Peyton Manning. But Tebow was never able to develop a consistent role in the New York offense and drew sensational media coverage that served as a constant distraction.

Tebow was eventually released in April 2013 and spent time in New England and Philadelphia’s training camps before embarking on a baseball career. He spent the last four minor league seasons in the New York Mets’ system, his best numbers coming with the AA-level Binghamton Rumble Ponies (.273, 6 home runs, 36 runs batted in).

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

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Geoff Magliocchetti is a veteran football writer with years of credentialed experience with the Jets and Giants. Email: geoffmags90@gmail.com

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