Tebow on TV, open to NFL

Tim Tebow has his next football job — talking about the sport on TV.

The former Heisman Trophy winner at Florida was hired as an analyst for the new SEC Network.

But he still hopes to play quarterback in the NFL.

Tebow will appear on SEC Nation, a pregame show that will travel to a different campus each week after the channel launches in August. The multiyear deal "will not preclude him from continuing to pursue playing opportunities in the NFL," ESPN, which runs the network, said in a statement Monday.

The record-setting Gators quarterback did not play in the NFL this season after the Patriots cut him in August. In the span of just more than one season, he went from a national sensation who led the Broncos to the playoffs, to a backup with the Jets, to out of the NFL.

"While I continue to pursue my dream of playing quarterback in the NFL, this is an amazing opportunity to be part of the unparalleled passion of college football and the SEC," Tebow said in a statement released by ESPN.

ESPN senior vice president Justin Connolly called Tebow, 26, an "SEC icon with a national fan base and broad appeal."

Tebow will make his ESPN debut during pregame coverage of the BCS championship Jan. 6.

League admits missed FG call

SAN DIEGO — The league acknowledged Monday that referees erred in not penalizing the Chargers for an illegal formation on a missed 41-yard field goal try by Kansas City's Ryan Succop with 4 seconds left in regulation on Sunday.

The kick was wide right and the Chargers went on to win 27-24 in overtime to claim the AFC's final playoff spot. Pittsburgh would have been in the postseason had the Chiefs won.

San Diego lined up with seven men on the right side of the snapper, and a new rule this season states no more than six players can be on the line of scrimmage on either side of the snapper.

The NFL did not say whether referee Bill Leavy's crew would be disciplined.

"We misaligned on it. I'm not going to deny it," Chargers rookie coach Mike McCoy said Monday. "But hey, those calls all balance themselves out over the year. They're part of the game. … We didn't do it on purpose, I can tell you that."

Chiefs coach Andy Reid actually called his final timeout after the missed field goal and tried to convince the officiating crew of the misalignment. But because illegal formations are not reviewable, Reid had no other recourse and the play stood.

San Diego earned the final AFC playoff spot, keeping the Steelers out. Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin, who watched the end of the Chiefs-Chargers game at home, said he knew the Chargers were lined up illegally before the kick.

"We'll have to find a way to accept that and move forward," Tomlin said. "I'm not going to lose any sleep over something that happened in a stadium that we weren't even in."

Welker back: The Denver Post reported that Broncos WR Wes Welker, who has missed the past three games with a concussion, was cleared to return for the playoffs.

Seahawks: WR Percy Harvin, who has missed all but one game this season, will practice this week, coach Pete Carroll said. Seattle, the NFC's top seed, next plays Jan. 11 at home. Harvin, a former Florida standout, had hip surgery in August and played in Week 11 against Minnesota. But he had a sore hip afterward and has not played or practiced since.

Tebow on TV, open to NFL 12/30/13 [Last modified: Monday, December 30, 2013 10:23pm]

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