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Gators legend Tim Tebow signs with Urban Meyer’s Jaguars

The former Florida star quarterback is going to try to stick in Jacksonville as a tight end.
Gators legend Tim Tebow will be reuniting with his former Florida coach, Urban Meyer, with the Jaguars.
Gators legend Tim Tebow will be reuniting with his former Florida coach, Urban Meyer, with the Jaguars. [ Times (2009) ]
Published May 20
Updated May 20

Gators legend Tim Tebow is now a member of Urban Meyer’s Jacksonville Jaguars.

The team announced Thursday morning that he has signed to play for his former Florida coach, ending weeks of speculation and rumors. He’s expected to join the Jaguars’ offseason workouts today.

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Tebow will not, however, be playing the position that made him a star for Meyer’s Gators. Instead of playing quarterback, Tebow is set to try to make the team as a tight end.

“I want to thank the Jaguars for the opportunity to compete and earn the chance to be part of this team,” Tebow said. “I know it will be a challenge, but it is a challenge I embrace.”

Tebow, who grew up in the Jacksonville area, was one of the most successful quarterbacks in college football history at UF. He won a pair of national championships (2006 and 2008) for the Gators and was the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner. His career passing efficiency (170.8) still ranks 10th in college football history.

The Broncos drafted Tebow with the No. 25 overall pick in 2010, and his NFL career included one memorable playoff win. But he didn’t last in Denver. Stints with the Jets, Patriots and Eagles didn’t stick, either, leading him to pursue a baseball career instead.

The 33-year-old’s last appearance in a regular-season NFL game was with New York in 2012. He completed 47.9 percent of his passes in the league and also rushed for 989 yards and 12 touchdowns.

This story may be updated.

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