Former Gator Tim Tebow hired as analyst for new SEC Network
Former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow is about to change professions. At least for now.
The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner has been hired as a college football analyst for the new SEC Network, which launces in August 2014. He is the first analyst hired by the new network.
Tebow will work as a college football analyst for ESPN during its coverage of the BCS National Championship game.
"I am so excited that ESPN has given me this incredible opportunity," Tebow said. "When I was six years old I fell in love with the game of football, and while I continue to pursue my dream of playing quarterback in the NFL, this is an amazing opportunity to be a part of the unparalleled passion of college football and the SEC."
As part of a multi-year agreement, ESPN said Tebow’s primary role will be as an analyst for SEC Nation, the network’s traveling pregame show that will originate from a different SEC campus each week beginning August 28, 2014.
In the months leading up to launch and after, he will contribute to a variety of ESPN platforms including SportsCenter, ESPN Radio, and the network’s Heisman Trophy coverage. The network said in a release that the new job does not preclude Tebow from pursuing his NFL career.
On Jan. 6, Tebow will make his first appearance as an ESPN analyst during pregame coverage of the BCS National Championship. He will contribute to the 9 a.m. SportsCenter, College Football Live (3 p.m.) and College GameDay Built (7 p.m.). He will also be part of studio coverage for the new College Football Playoff (semifinals and championship game), which begins next season.
“Tim is a SEC icon with a national fan base and broad appeal," said Justin Connolly, ESPN senior vice president, programming, college networks. "He will be a significant contributor to the compelling content we will deliver with the SEC Network. Tim brings a wealth of knowledge about the game, the conference and the passion among SEC fans.”